Slow train com­ing – but home was well worth the wait for ren­o­va­tion

Yorkshire Post - Property - - FRONT PAGE - Sharon Dale

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.”

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