Family home beside railway tracks in Newport is up for sale

PUBLISHED: 09:02 29 June 2018

Station House at Newport Station. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Station House at Newport Station. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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A former station master’s house in Newport, thought to be the only home on a working station platform in the county, is up for sale.

The Victorian three-bedroom property, which was built in the mid-19th century, stands on the platform at Newport Railway Station and is attached to the main entrance building and current ticket office.

“We can be in our sitting room and hop out to get a train when we see the amber signal go on from our window,” said owner Andrew Yarwood. “If we need a little more time, we know we have a minute to get to the platform, as we hear the train at the whistling point further up the track.”

The owners’ study and third bedroom looks onto the platform. Andrew added: “When I’m working at my desk, no one has ever looked into the window. In a way we love the bursts of bustle, yet at other times it’s incredibly peaceful.

“The stopping trains are slow and quiet and the fast ones are gone in a few seconds. At night, there’s nothing - not even road noise. It’s made a fabulous family home.”

Unusually, this property, which is on the market with Mullucks Wells, was built before the station itself, with the intention that the station master would help set up the station.

“It would be ideal for a railway enthusiast,” Andrew said. “There is so much paraphernalia in the house and garden - ranging from manhole covers to fireplaces, all with railway insignia.”

The 90ft long garden stretches along platform two where the northbound trains to Cambridge arrive.

It is the second time this property has come onto the open market since it was built in the late 1840s and the current owners have lived at Station House for 16 years.

Sally Smales, from Mullucks Wells, said: “It’s rare for such an unusual property to come up for sale. There are some lovely original features including fire surrounds and you get a real sense of its history.

“The property comes with two parking spaces on a lease from Greater Anglia just outside the station entrance. So not only a short commute, but also the best parking space in the village.”

The property is on the market for £375,000.

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