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Railway Stations as Holiday Homes

Updated on November 18, 2015

Railway Stations as Holiday Homes

If you are looking for an unusual holiday home location in the UK you should consider staying in a disused railway station.

In the 1960s the British Prime Minister of the time, Harold MacMillan asked Dr Beeching to carry out a review of the railway infrastructure of the country. Many parts of the network were under-utilised and consequently were running at loss by British Railway.

The plan to modernise the railway network led to a number of railway lines to be closed and therefore many railway-related buildings passed into private hands and eventually either demolished or converted to other uses.

Some of these buildings are available to rent as holiday accommodation and th article lists a few that caught my eye as I was carrying out my research.

Dent Station in Scotland
Dent Station in Scotland

Dent Station

Dent Station is the highest mainline station in England at 350m above sea level. It is located on the scenic Settle to Carlisle railway line, and is currently being let out as a holiday home.

The station was first opened for public use on 6th August 1877. It was closed in 1970 and re-opened in 1986 at which time the station was sold by Railtrack.

Dent Station has a great railway history and many historians and railway enthusiasts will be familiar with the history and evolution of the Settle and Carlisle railway. Apart from being Britain's highest mainline station, it is unusual in that it is situated four miles away and 600 feet higher than the actual village of Dent. The recent refurbishments to the station and the incorporation of oil fired central heating and solar powered under floor heating and also a Rayburn aga means that irrespective of adverse conditions, visitors can enjoy the warmth, comfort and style of the station.

In the peak of its use, over 90 trains a day would pass through the station, though over time the east coast and west coast mainlines became more favourable and quicker routes to Scotland.

The station itself was sold by Railtrack in 1985 and purchased by Neil Ambrose who restored the property over a period of some 20 years. In 2006 Robin Hughes purchased the station and has engaged the help of local craftsmen and experts to help restore the station to its former glory and also upgrade its living accommodation to make it a suitable, stylish, comfortable and inviting holiday accommodation for guests who want to explore the attributes of Dent and the surrounding Dales.

The Old Railway Station at Heacham

Norfolk, UK

The Old Station was once part of the King's Lynn to Hunstanton Railway Line and although the last train left Heacham Station on 3 May 1969, thanks to Dr Beeching's cuts, this quaint English railway station refused to fade away and has provided quality self-catering holiday accommodation for many years.

Since 1993, Terry & Judith Clay have owned and operated the old Heacham Station as a holiday site. Many have enjoyed this unique setting for a memorable holiday whether occupying the original Waiting Rooms or parking up their touring caravan.

Heacham Station Waiting Rooms (sleeps 2) truly take you back to a golden age long gone and affords guests an immensely relaxing experience.

This charming and unique holiday accommodation is very comfortable for two people for a relaxing and tranquil break.

In this modern age, it is not easy to find such a quaint haven for a couple to enjoy a restful get away from it all but you will find exactly that at the Old Station Waiting Rooms in Heacham.

The accommodation offered within the Waiting Rooms offers comfortable seating and a fully fitted kitchen set up with everything you need for self-catering.

Station Masters House - Ludborough, UK
Station Masters House - Ludborough, UK

Station Masters House - Ludborough, UK

The Station Masters House - this property is considered to be a good holiday base for rail enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Large families and groups of up to 8 people are accommodated in 4 bedrooms decorated in typical countryside style and are full of character and charm.

The surroundings are said to be idyllic and peaceful, perfect for relaxing or for getting away from busy city life.

© 2014 Charles Nullens

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Wonderful! Pinned to my favorite places and spaces board, and sent out by google plus.

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      FarmerTom 6 years ago

      Glad these charming buildings have been preserved. Great lens! Thanks.

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      What a fun idea and a great way to recycle old buildings for a new use.