A former train station that’s now a two-bedroom house is on the market

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A unique two-bedroom house has just gone on the market.

The 164-year-old disused railway building, which is sat on a working railway and is one of few lived-in station buildings in Scotland, is being sold by owners Helena and Euan Couperwhite, both 49.

The couple is selling the single-story building reluctantly, as they’re having to move for work.

The building, which is located in Gartly, Aberdeenshire on the Aberdeen-Inverness line, has gone up for sale for offers over £209,975.

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Built in 1854 for the Earl of Lennox, the station closed in 1968 and lay derelict until being converted into a home 14 years ago.

It contains the original stained glass window station name and a station lamp.

The main bedroom was once the ladies waiting room, while the living room was the men’s.

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The kitchen was the stationmaster’s office and a waiting area adjacent to the platform is now the dining room.

The property also includes an unfenced trackside garden, which the couple had looked after by agreement even though it is part of the railway.

Selling agents Blackadders said: ‘The former platform is laid out with grass and flower beds.

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‘Although belonging to ScotRail, this ground is maintained on an informal basis by the sellers with the owner’s consent.’

Helena says that the property was in ‘quite a poor state’ with much upgrading needed when she and her husband first bought it.

She said: ‘We have kept as many period features as possible, such as the fireplaces and interior doors, to keep it in character.

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‘We have even had visits from people who used to work at the station, one of whom stoked the fires as a boy.’

She said the couple had moved from Largs, North Ayrshire, to take up new jobs with Aberdeen University and the city council.

Although not avid trainspotters or rail enthusiasts, Helena said they couple were drawn to the station building’s charm.

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She said: ‘We were looking for a property with character and the station has a lovely, cosy and warm feeling about it – calming and serene.

‘There’s also spectacular scenery with fields and hills, it’s a hidden gem.

‘We just don’t notice the trains – they have just become part of living here.

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‘Guests also tell us they don’t hear them.’

Helena says despite trains no longer stopping at Gartly, the couple often travelled into Aberdeen from Huntly station, five miles away.

Disused stations on the network rarely come up for sale as homes.

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Loth, near Helmsdale in Sutherland, which closed in 1960, went on the market two years ago.

Rail experts said the few other such lived-in stations included Dalguise, near Dunkeld in Perth and Kinross, and Thornhill in Dumfries and Galloway.

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They said some others had become holiday accommodation, including Sanquhar in Dumfriesshire, Strathcarron and Plockton in Wester Ross, and Beasdale near Mallaig.

Several operating stations also contain homes, including Springfield in Fife, Scotscalder in Caithness, Rogart in Sutherland and Newtonmore near Aviemore.

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