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Are you a train buff? See seven of the best homes for sale in Norfolk with a railway heritage

PUBLISHED: 17:04 10 July 2018 | UPDATED: 08:44 11 July 2018

Crossing Gates, Starston, for sale. Pic: www.muskermcintyre.co.uk

Crossing Gates, Starston, for sale. Pic: www.muskermcintyre.co.uk

You know you’re on the right track when you buy a converted railway building - with numerous houses currently for sale around the region ideal for the train buff.

Crossing Gates, for sale. Pic: www.muskermcintyre.co.ukCrossing Gates, for sale. Pic: www.muskermcintyre.co.uk

Properties for sale include a former station master’s house to railway workers’ cottages to actual former stations and are the only present day reminder of railway lines which once existed in rural parts of the county before being closed as part of the Beeching cuts in the 1960s.

So, why are such properties so popular to buy? Estate agent Richard Clarke, from Musker Mcintyre, said: “Converted stations bring a unique appeal thanks to their history, often enjoying an elevated position with far-reaching views. Stunning period features, high ceilings and an abundance of character make properties such as these a rarity and ideal for those looking to escape to the country.”

Crossing Gates, Starston is for sale for £475,000 with Musker McIntyre. Dating from 1856, this double fronted, detached Victorian cottage was formerly Starston’s railway station. The station was one of the first to serve the Waveney Valley railway but it closed in 1866, only 10 years after opening, because of low usage, but the line continued for almost 100 years more.

The property offers two reception rooms, a dining room, kitchen, two double bedrooms, a study/further bedroom, family bathroom with an ample driveway and established, secluded gardens.

Station House, Hopton-on-Sea, for sale. Pic: www.muskermcintyre.co.ukStation House, Hopton-on-Sea, for sale. Pic: www.muskermcintyre.co.uk

The Waveney Valley Line served Harleston, Bungay and Beccles, where it connected with the East Suffolk line to Yarmouth. The line was opened between 1855 and 1863 but the passenger service was eventually withdrawn in 1953 with the line used for freight only and in 1966 the line was closed.

Station House, Hopton; for sale for £400,000, also with Musker McIntyre was once the railway station master’s house. This grand and prominent detached home offers two large reception rooms and a kitchen/breakfast room. It also has four double bedrooms and a good sized garden, with outbuildings and parking, all within a 10 minute walk to the beach.

Hopton station had served the Norfolk and Suffolk Yarmouth-Lowestoft line, bringing holidaymakers for a day by the sea but after the station was destaffed, the line was reduced from double to single track and the station demolished in the 1960s.

Southrepps Road, Antingham is for sale for offers in excess of £400,000 with Arnolds Keys. This is the former gatehouse on the Bittern Line connecting Norwich to Cromer and Sheringham. The property has four bedrooms, three receptions, a family bathroom, cloakroom and en suite, situated in half an acre of trackside garden. The current owners have lived there for 17 years.

The old railway line at Hopton. Pic: www.edp24.co.ukThe old railway line at Hopton. Pic: www.edp24.co.uk

Railway Cottages, Old Lakenham is for sale for £220,000 with Abbotts. Built in the mid 1800s this single storey, flint walled dwelling was originally commissioned by the Great Eastern Railway company for workers to tend the track. Inside the property has a log burner in the kitchen, a lounge, two bedrooms and a family bathroom.

A house on the Common, Mellis; for sale for £475,000 with Durrants, was created from the original Mellis railway cottage and linked to the railway repair forge. It has five bedrooms and three receptions as well as potential to create an annexe.

The Old Station House, Haddiscoe, for sale for £550,000 with Musker McIntyre is an actual former station, including the waiting room on the platform. And nearby, 9 Station Cottages, Haddiscoe, one of the railway workers’ cottages is also for sale, by the current line, for £300,000 with Musker Mcintyre. It offers an entrance hall, a kitchen/dining room, sitting room, two double bedroms and a third single bedroom as well as an office/studio outbuilding.

Have you got a railway property for sale? Or have you bought one? Do you have any old photographs? Please email caroline.culot@archant.co.uk

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