Rail­way cottage that is on the right track for buy­ers

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale Wood­side, Burnby Lane, Pock­ling­ton, Price: £475,000 Contact: Jack­son Stops and Staff, York, tel: 01904 625033, www.jack­son-stops.co.uk

A PIECE of rail­way his­tory is up for sale, 50 years af­ter the last train rat­tled over its old cross­ing.

Wood­side was orig­i­nally the home of the keeper who man­aged the Burnby Lane level cross­ing on the old York to Beverley line. It is thought to have been built in 1855 but has since been sym­pa­thet­i­cally and lov­ingly ex­tended into a beau­ti­ful five-bed­roomed fam­ily home.

The Reay fam­ily, who car­ried out the work, moved there nearly 20-years-ago, when an old rail­way car­riage was parked in the gar­den.

Now, just the dis­tinc­tive chim­neys and stone plinths can be seen from the road and the rest of the stun­ning black and white cottage is com­pletely pri­vate, nestling against the side of a wood, hence its name – “Wood­side”.

Yvonne Reay says: “Prior to the build­ing of the rail­ways, East York­shire farm­ers had to rely on the wa­ter­ways to get their pro­duce to mar­ket. But fol­low­ing a pe­riod of rail­way ma­nia in the 1840’s, nearly 107 miles of new lines were built in the area. Burnby Lane cross­ing was part of a plan to cre­ate 22 miles of line from York to Mar­ket Weighton. But, fol­low­ing sev­eral years of tur­moil, the line was even­tu­ally shut down and the cottage sold by the rail­ways in 1968.”

The prop­erty lies just half a mile from the mar­ket town of Pock­ling­ton.

“We al­ways feel as though we live in the coun­try, but we’re near the town,” says Yvonne. “The house has been per­fect for our girls as they’ve grown up and we love liv­ing in a home with a spe­cial his­tory.”

The prop­erty is cen­tred around a large kitchen/fam­ily room with a cen­tral is­land and a two-oven Aga. There is a sep­a­rate sit­ting room with fire­place and dou­ble doors lead­ing through to a study/ snug and a mu­sic room. There are two dou­ble ground floor bed­rooms and a shower room.

The en­trance hall leads through to a dou­ble garage and util­ity area hous­ing the boiler. The first floor is ac­cessed via a stair­case from the sit­ting room and houses two dou­ble bed­rooms, a sin­gle bed­room plus a house bath­room. Out­side, there are gar­dens with an or­chard.

“It’s been a per­fect fam­ily home. We will be very sad to leave, but we hope some­one will en­joy our home as much as we have,” says Yvonne.

Wood­side is in a pri­vate, ru­ral set­ting but it is within easy walk­ing dis­tance of Pock­ling­ton.

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