A loo with a view: toilets on Chiltern Railways trains are being transformed into something a little more 'inspirational'

There's nothing bog-standard about these loos - enjoy the full 18th-century experience from Birmingham to London

At Housetohome we love eclectic bathroom schemes with a difference, but we weren't quite prepared for this one.

Chiltern Railways is transforming its trains with images inspired by places along its main route.

The rail firm wants to give passengers on its Birmingham to London trains ‘a window into a different world'.

The first 'inspiration station' has been designed to resemble Compton Verney, an 18th-century country mansion in Warwickshire.


It depicts a Rococo Revival chimneypiece from the mid 18th century, a pier table from southern Italy and a painting of Compton Verney as it is today.

We're not quite sure about the floor-to-ceiling vinyls, however.

Thomas Ableman, Chiltern Railways Director, says: 'We're always looking at ways to create a memorable experience for our passengers.

'Toilets are traditionally a place to avoid so we have transformed them into an inspirational space with a view. Our only concern is that they'll be so popular we'll have people queuing up for the best seat on the train!'

The new move is part of a series of improvements the company has made in a bid to tempt passengers over from Virgin Trains.

Some believe that many of the best ideas come to us while we... erm... pay a call, as it were.
With this in mind, Chiltern Railways is no doubt hoping to give its passengers' creative
thought processes a boost.

Answering the call of nature could be the most productive - and now 'inspirational' - part of our day.

But would you dare re-create this scheme in your home? The jury is well and truly out on that one...

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Thea Babington-Stitt
Managing Editor

Thea Babington-Stitt is the Managing Editor for Ideal Home. Thea has been working across some of the UK’s leading interiors titles for around 10 years.

She started working on these magazines and websites after graduating from City University London with a Masters in Magazine Journalism. Before moving to Ideal Home, Thea was News and Features Editor at Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc and Country Homes & Interiors.