For the train enthusiasts among you, here is a home of dreams.
Settled in Hampshire’s charming Meon Valley, within the stunning South Downs National Park, this unique property is on the market through Knight Frank.
From public station to private sanctuary
Old Droxford Station was originally built in the 1900s as part of the Meon Valley railway. Today it is a beautifully refurbished home with many delightful original features.
On the outside, a stretch of platform runs the entire length of the property’s exterior, celebrating its past life. The current owners use this as an open-air drinks terrace.
On the inside, the former waiting rooms are now a grand drawing room with an oak-panelled vaulted ceiling, and a cosy family room with fireplace and stove.
The ticket office is now a study, still complete with booth and cabinets from its operating days.
If the home wasn’t wonderful enough, the current owners also rebuilt the signal box within the grounds into a one-bedroom annexe complete with living space, kitchenette and bathroom.
A little more history
The property is a very special place historically as Droxford Station was used by Prime Minister Winston Churchill as his base during preparations for the Normandy landings.
It is believed that Churchill met ministers and military leaders in an armoured train parked to the side of the station. This location was chosen for its proximity to Southwick House (Allied command centre) and the coast.
The station closed to passengers in 1955 and then to goods transportation in 1962.
The house will certainly appeal to lovers of trains and British history. It will also be perfect for avid walkers as there are a number of local footpaths and bridleways. In particular, the disused line itself can be accessed directly from the garden.
This stunning four/five bedroom detached property with two acres of land is currently on the market with a guide price of £1.5m.
It’s anyone’s guess who will choo choo choose it (sorry, couldn’t help it).