SLEEP ER TRAINS

All aboard for the stylish revival of this el­e­gant mode of trans­port

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With overnight trains be­ing given el­e­gant mod­ern makeovers, the lush lo­co­mo­tive is back on track. Rose Uni­acke, the Bri­tish an­tique dealer and in­te­rior de­signer, leapt at the chance to spruce up din­ing car­riages on The Royal Scots­man (right). Though the in­ten­tion was to evoke a tra­di­tional Scot­tish coun­try house, Uni­acke’s light touch means the pal­ette is more creamy rasp­berry cranachan than the heavy heather-and-peat of yore. Chairs are up­hol­stered in mod­ern tweeds, and sketches by Glaswe­gian vi­sion­ary Charles Ren­nie Mack­in­tosh hang on the walls. As the train weaves through rugged land­scapes, sip a dram in the open-air ob­ser­va­tion car be­fore head­ing for North Sea mus­sels cooked by Mark Tam­bur­rini, who was for­merly the chef at Soho’s L’es­car­got restau­rant. Fol­low this with a Swedish mas­sage in the new Hay­barn spa car­riage, which is life­style brand Bam­ford’s – and Bri­tain’s – first-ever spa to be set on rolling stock (from £3,112 for a two-night trip; bel­mond.com).

An­other of Bri­tain’s overnight ser­vices, the Cale­do­nian Sleeper, takes pas­sen­gers from Lon­don to the High­lands and back. It is re­leas­ing its first fleet of new trains in over 35 years, all of­fer­ing pas­sen­gers dou­ble beds, en suites and sim­ple, mod­ern in­te­ri­ors by Ed­in­burgh-based de­signer Ian Smith – as well as the tra­di­tion of a cup of tea brought to your bed­room as you roll into your des­ti­na­tion (In­ver­ness to Lon­don Eus­ton, from £90 one-way; sleeper.scot).

For a trip fur­ther afield, jump aboard the glam­orous Venice Sim­plon Ori­ent-ex­press. Lon­don de­sign firm Wim­berly In­te­ri­ors has re­designed three of its car­riages as an homage to the cities they pass through: Mu­rano glass chan­de­liers sway gen­tly in the ‘ Venice’ suite and Lalique crys­tal pan­els di­vide the Art Deco ‘Paris’ room (Lon­don to Venice from £3,500; lux­ury-trains.co.uk).

THE ROYAL SCOTS­MAN’S CHAIRS ARE UP­HOL­STERED IN MOD­ERN TWEED AND MACK­IN­TOSH SKETCHES HANG ON THE WALLS

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