Cosy three-bed Station House on a working railway line goes on sale

Alight here for dinner! Cosy three-bed Station House on a working railway line is ideal for trainspotters with £375,000 left… after they’ve forked out for their annual season ticket

  • Train fans have the chance to buy a cottage on a working railway line at Newport station, Essex, for £375,000 
  • The station was built as a route between London and Cambridge – first train passed through the village in 1845
  • Now it serves more than 200,000 passengers annually and at peak times there can be up to 12 trains an hour
  • Owner may have to consider the possibility of leasing parking spaces from Greater Anglia at £190 per quarter

A cottage on a working railway line could prove to be just the ticket for a train enthusiast as it has just gone on sale for £375,000.

The semi-detached house at Newport station in Essex is one of the few inhabited homes located on a working station platform. The station was built for a route between London and Cambridge and the first train passed through the village in 1845.

A ground floor bedroom forms part of the platform wall and even has a window looking out onto the tracks.

Station House dates back to the mid-1800s and was the former station master’s office and the ladies waiting room.

A cottage on a working railway line could be just the ticket for a train enthusiast – as it has just gone on sale for £375,000

The semi-detached at Newport station in Essex is one of the few inhabited homes which is on a working station platform

The station was built for a route between London and Cambridge and the first train passed through the village in 1845

Now it serves more than 200,000 passengers annually and at peak times there can be up to 12 trains an hour.

Andrew Yarwood, his wife Sara and sons Matthew and Luke have lived there for the last 16 years and this is only the second time the property has been on the market. It is now being sold by Mullucks Wells estate agents.

Several of the rooms have cast-iron Victorian fireplaces and there are other original features such as floorboards, panelling and architrave.

The original ticket office, which the family are currently using as a study, even has the original ticket office table in it.

Station House dates back to the mid-1800s and was the former station master’s office and the ladies waiting room

A family have lived there for the last 16 years and this is only the second time the property has ever been on the market

The property has 1,050 sq ft of accommodation with two reception rooms, kitchen, conservatory, three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

It also has a small front garden and a rear garden about 90ft long with sheds and a garden store.

There is also the possibility to lease two parking spaces from Greater Anglia at a rate of £190 per quarter.

The house does have some covenants in place – the new owner would have to allow Network Rail right of access on the grounds to carry out repairs.

Mr Yarwood, 50, a banking compliance officer, said: ‘Traditionally it was the home of the station master. We did some research and we think there have been eight different station masters over the years.

Several of the rooms have cast-iron Victorian fireplaces and others, like this one, boast original floorboards and panelling

The station serves more than 200,000 passengers annually and at peak times there can be up to 12 trains an hour

‘But we are only the second people to privately own it. The house was bought from the railway company by an ex-employee who had previously been station manager here and then we bought it in 2002.

‘We weren’t particularly interested in trains but we were looking to move into the area – Newport has got really good schools and a good environment and great transport links.

‘We went to look at it and thought it would make a great family home and it really does.

‘Everybody who comes in says it has a lovely family feel to it, it’s a Victorian house with a twist of the railway station.

The very unusual property also has a small front garden and a rear garden about 90ft long with sheds and a garden store

‘At the time I was working all over the place so it was very convenient for me. It takes seconds to get to the platform.

‘We’ve also used the trains a lot for travelling round with the children.

‘But it’s actually very private, we have a lovely private garden, which you don’t often get in that price bracket.

‘The walls are really thick and I think we are actually quite insulated from the noise compared to elsewhere in the village, we don’t really hear the trains much.

‘You can sit in the garden and all you can hear is birdsong and when a train passes through it just sort of whistles past.’ 

The property has 1,050 sq ft of accommodation with two reception rooms, kitchen, conservatory, three bedrooms and two bathrooms

An old image of Station House (circled in red).The unique Station House property is on the market for £375,000

 

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