ALL ABOUT THE SIDINGS
Founded in 1985 by an ex-railwayman with a passion and enthusiasm for all things connected with railways, The Sidings is built around 5 Pullman style railway carriages. These have been develped to create the ultimate railway experience. Part of the carriages have been converted in to a dining area, allowing tables of four to overlook the track. Other carriages at this unique venue have been converted in rooms, allowing guest to stay and enjoy The Sidings overnight.
This unique hotel gives you the pleasure of experiencing not only the wonders of early 20th century train travel but also today’s train action on Yorkshire’s East Coast Main Line.
The Sidings Mediterranean Bar and Restaurant directly overlooks one of the fastest and most impressive stretches of track in the land: the York to Thirsk run. In this quiet location, train enthusiasts are given the opportunity to thrive in a haven built from a collection of genuine train artefacts and memorabilia.
Guests can relax in the spacious sun room and enjoy the panoramic views of the open Yorkshire countryside whilst soaking up the authentic style of this delightful and intriguing hotel, with its friendly atmosphere and great hospitality.
Train enthusiasts will be thrilled by the fact that this well-run hotel and excellent restaurant are close to the Yorkshire East Coast Main Line. The bedrooms in the carriages, including two four-poster beds, are dotted with railway memorabilia, and are cosy and comfortable; the dining room occupies Pullman-style carriages. It all overlooks the York to Thirsk line, so although romantic, and a rail-buff’s delight, light sleepers might find the proximity of the trains disturbing. As well as the beautiful carriages, the charm of this idiosyncratic hotel lies in part with the owners, who go out of their way to make you feel welcome.
At nearby Shipton, two railway carriages have been fitted up as restaurant and hotel, but I was too busy pedalling off a thumping breakfast to patronise the Sidings Hotel in all but the most notional sense. From York to Easingwold, it’s flat terrain, and consequently a little windy for the wobbling cyclist on even the stillest day.
Just on from the Sidings Hotel lies the baroque pile of Beningborough Hall, a nice place for a contemplative wander if you have £3.50 about your person. “Explore Victorian life in the Laundry and Potting Shed,” advised the blurb , but instead I roamed the soothing gardens and the collection of more than 100 portraits from the National Portrait Gallery.