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A rail gem in Templepatrick

This former station house offers buyers the chance to own a piece of history, says Eimear McGovern

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The Station House in Templepatrick

The Station House in Templepatrick

The Station House in Templepatrick

Railway enthusiasts around Northern Ireland and further afield are sure to be interested in a Co Antrim property which has recently entered the market.

The Station House in Templepatrick offers buyers the chance to own their very own former railway station as well as a piece of Northern Ireland history situated on the old railway line in the village.

The stone-built historic building can be sold by itself for offers over £165,000 or with its neighbour property 28 The Village, which ison sale separately for £295,000.

Current owner David Wilson bought both properties a number of years ago and now regretfully must let them go.

"I have a long connection with Templepatrick and I always said if the Station House was put up for sale, I'd have to buy it," he said. "I had admired the place for my lifetime and I always said if the place came on the market, it would be mine.

"I'm at the stage now where I have to let it go - my family are really upset about it but it would make an absolutely beautiful and charming home for someone."

The house was last used in the early '90s by a former owner but now offers potential for restoration as a family home with full approval.

"The station has never been lived in. The man who owned the house was into racing cars and he used the house for social events and installed bedrooms and a bathroom as a result. He stored his racing cars on the ground floor," he said.

The opportunity to own a four-bedroom house and the Station House is proving attractive to potential buyers from as far afield as Canada, said Mr Wilson. "I've been very busy with different people looing around the two properties," he said.

The Station House features three main living areas as well as an undercroft in keeping with the heritage of the house. This was built in locally-cut stone and has four large double-height arches fitted with electronically-operated shutters.

The unique design has created quite a lot of interest, said Mr Wilson, who spent years working in the motor trade as part of Wilsons Auctions. "It's such a quirky place we're hoping it will get sold."

The Station House and the neighbouring property, listed as 28 and 28A The Village are nestled just around the corner from the hub of activity in Templepatrick village itself.

Featuring three main living areas as well as a balcony and ground floor storage, the Station House features a paved floor in the undercroft with concrete stairs leading to the first floor of the property.

The first floor has striking exposed brick walls, a cast-iron fireplace, striking arched windows and a large door opening out onto what was the train platform.

Other similar properties in England or further afield have taken the opportunity to use a similar space as a terrace, where you can imagine hearing a train pull into the station as you drink a morning cappuccino adjoining your large, open-plan kitchen.

There's also a covetable walk-in pantry with a cast-iron wood-burning stove - which only adds to the authenticity lent by more exposed brick walls and arched windows in this room.

As you would expect in a station house, there's a station master's office, with a corner-arched cast-iron fireplace along with brick walls and arched windows.

In a sought-after location. the two properties are close to local amenities such as Templepatrick Primary School and connections to Belfast city centre, as well as being a few minutes from Belfast's International Airport.

Number 28 itself has four spacious reception rooms, four carpeted bedrooms and a fitted kitchen with dining area. It's easy to imagine the ample opportunity for some light modernisation this home offers, as well as the space offered by 28 The Village providing a great option to work from home for any buyer.

The sweeping driveway offers ample opportunity for parking and a sizeable conservatory, listed as one of the reception rooms, is well lit. There's also a bathroom, ensuite and a downstairs cloakroom, making it the perfect fit for a family looking for a home, with a historic listed station house into the bargain.

Belfast Telegraph


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