Former station house proves to be on right track for a first-class home
comes with its own little bit of platform,” says Karen.
She and David bought the house six years ago after downsizing to their holiday cottage, which is also in the village.
They realised that they needed somewhere bigger, and were attracted by the size of the Station House and the potential for letting part of the property.
They have since turned the derelict waiting rooms and toilets attached to the house into a annexe for family, friends and paying guests.
Built in 1846 and owned by British Rail until the 1980s, the main house, once home to the station master, was restored to a high standard and the Hubbards have since put their own stamp on it. It has an entrance hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen/diner, rear porch and pantry and ground floor bathroom. Upstairs, there are three double bedrooms, one with en-suite.
The guest annexe on the ground floor has a sitting room with kitchenette and a large double bedroom and bathroom.
Outside, there are gardens mainly laid to lawn with borders which wrap around three sides of the property leading into a private courtyard which has a number of brick-built storage rooms.
The Hubbards, who are moving to be closer to their fishing boat in Filey, have embraced their home’s history and have invested in lots of railway memorabilia including posters, first class chair backs, wagon plates and a train driver’s hat and a flag.
Although people worry it might be noisy living so close to the track, Karen says: “It’s a rural line and so trains only run from 7.15am until 8.30pm and they don’t thunder past. They slow down as they come into the station so all you hear is a low rumble and an occasional beep.
“It’s great being able to get the train right outside the door and go to Bridlington, Scarborough, Hull and all the places in between.”