Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 2°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Long Melford: Chance to buy your own railway station

16:54 30 March 2014

Former railyway station is up for sale

Former railyway station is up for sale

Copyright:simon wiesner

Most people would hesitate before snapping up a home this close to a railway line.

Former railyway station is up for saleFormer railyway station is up for sale

But although the clock’s hands are pointing to the arrival of the early commuter express and platform signs are still in place, trains have not stopped at this station since March 1967.

The Old Railway Station, formerly Long Melford Station, has now been converted into a family home boasting four bedrooms, a swimming pool and the possibility of transforming a waiting room into a holiday let.

On the market for £450,000 – equivalent to 65 annual season tickets from Ipswich to London – owners Anna Gudge and Mark Newton described their 20 years at the property as “very different.”

Ms Gudge added: “It’s fun because no one knows what is there. It looks slightly industrial at the front and then there is this enormous area at the back where there is Platform Two, where we have got another spare bedroom, which was the downline platform. The kitchen is the old waiting rooms – it’s really different.”

Former railyway station is up for saleFormer railyway station is up for sale

Despite their unique station home, Ms Gudge said she is not a huge fan of trains. “We bought it because it suited our lifestyle at the time; nothing to do with trains,” she added.

“Although in 1968 I lived in the level crossing next one down the line at Liston. I kind of got used to British Rail – I must have it in the blood.”

Ms Gudge, a communications officer for the World Bridge Federation, said the couple were moving to relocate to Orkney. “We just want a complete change; something totally different,” she added.

James Linnett, partner at Palmer & Partners of Sudbury, added: “You don’t see properties like this come on to the market. Having Platform Two is pretty amazing. When you’re out in the garden you can really imagine what it would have been like as a working railway station. You stand on the grass where the tracks would have been and you’re looking up at the waiting room and the ticket office the other side – it still feels like a railway station.”

The station, part of the Stour Valley Line from Sudbury to Cambridge, was closed as part of Dr Richard Beeching’s cuts.

0 comments

Police sealed off Stone Street in Crowfield during the incident.

A 42-year-old man arrested following a two-day stand-off with police has been released on bail and will be taken into the care of health professionals.

Knives collected from the Bin a Blade amnesty bins.

The number of people caught carrying a bladed weapon in Suffolk has risen to its highest level for six years.

The sunrise over Borley Green. Picture: Pamela Bidwell

The morning skies have been putting on a striking show of colour and light over Suffolk this week.

Crash at Barrack Corner in Ipswich.

A seven-year-old girl was taken to hospital after the car she was travelling in came off the road and hit a wall.

The fire was caused by the sun's reflection in a bedroom mirror. Picture: Richard Wisbey.

An Essex couple have been left homeless after their house caught fire as a result of the sun’s reflection in a mirror.

Bridget Muttock and manager Alison Fallowfield, seated, with some of the home’s other long serving staff.

Carer Bridget Muttock has some heartfelt advice for anyone contemplating retirement in their 60s – don’t do it.

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. Photograph: Simon Parker.

The hip fracture care at West Suffolk Hospital has been named as the best in East Anglia and the sixth best in the country.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24