Monday, July 30, 2012

Hunter Valley Accommodation - Krinklewood Train carriages

We're all trying to recycle, reuse, refashion to live more sustainable lives. But Marie Garvey has taken the mantra to a whole new level.

Marie has been collecting old train carriages from around New South Wales and bringing them back to life as unique accommodations on her property nestled in the vineyards of Pokolbin.

She does most of the renovations herself -repannelling the cabins with rosewood, ceilings with pressed metal ... even sourcing thousands of authentic rivets.

The carriages vary in size and sleep between two and 12 people. Perfect for weddings, celebrations and family gatherings.

We stayed in the Royal carriage which captures the romanticism of the best of luxury train travel. Ever so comfortable bed, heating, soft lighting, kitchen, bathroom and toilet. And beautiful touches like the stained glass window Marie made herself and some original antique lights.

The pictures below show a carriage she is renovating at the moment. It should be spruced up and ready for its first guests for summer.

Krinklewood with its carriages under the gumtrees, kangaroos grazing in the paddocks, is a special experience for any traveller looking for a slice of a bygone era.


  1. This looks great. I have been planning to head up to the hunter for ages. Will check these out.
    LOVE your book Indira, I have posted a link to it on my blog under "setting up the spare change kitchen", hope you don't mind, your book inspired me and got my little courtyard vege garden going xx

  2. Hi Louise - thanks for the link and glad you're enjoying edible balcony. Good luck with your own growing adventures. And yes Krinklewood carriages are truly amazing. The big kid in you will love it!

  3. I've ALWAYS wanted to live in a train carriage after meeting friends of my sister's who lived in a train carriage. It just seems so romantic.

  4. Hi miss piggy - you have to try these carriages. I had south fun we're going back next month. Indira