Slow train coming – but home was well worth the wait for renovation
The railway, which opened in 1862, closed to passengers in 1951 and to freight in 1964.
The station buildings were later sold and converted but by the time the Newtons came to buy their house in 1982 it was in need of work.
“Margaret came to see it first and fell in love with the space and location. I could see why but the first thing I noticed when I came to look round was the smell of damp,” says Mr Newton.
The roof of the property also needed replacing, as did all 27 windows.
But the project gave the couple the chance to create a warm, low maintenance home.
They were forced to live in a caravan outside as builders excavated the ground floor to put in a waterproof membrane, damp course and insulation. The house was replumbed with a new water installed and rewired. The roof was also insulated and felted and the rotten windows replaced with replicas made from wood and double glazed units.
“We had a joiner here for a few months doing the windows and other bespoke work,” says Mr Newton.
The couple were careful to preserve and restore the original features, which included the extra wide doors and the moulding and their décor was chosen to suit the period property.
The property now has a covered entrance porch, reception hall, cloakroom, sitting room, dining room and a conservatory overlooking the rear gardens. The large living kitchen comes with an Aga, and there is a utility room.
The master bedroom with dressing area and en-suite shower room is also on then ground floor, as are two further bedrooms and a shower room.
On first floor there are two further bedrooms and and a bathroom
Outside there is a gravelled parking area leading to a detached double garage
A the front, the old station platform has been turned into a lawn with far reaching views over Nidderdale.
The village has a host of amenities including a doctors surgery, bus route, petrol station, Church and shop.
Mr and Mrs Newton are selling their home to downsize.
“That is the only reason we are leaving,” says Mr Newton.
“It’s been a lovely home but we are at an age where we want something smaller.”