A luxury country home that was part of a station ticket office serving a railway halt for the British Royal family on their way to the Sandringham Estate has hit the market for £1.495 million (US$1.92 million).
Known as Ashbee House, the residence sits on 1.4 acres in Norfolk, U.K., and has five bedrooms and three bathrooms. The 2,818-square-foot living space also includes a formal dining room and three reception rooms, according to the listing with brokerage Bedfords that was posted at the end of June.
It is one of four houses converted from the Wolferton’s Royal Station about 15 years ago, according to Bedfords. The Royal Station, designed by W.N. Ashbee in 1862, was discontinued in 1960s and later served as a museum.
An agent for Bedfords did not immediately respond to an inquiry about who are the current owners of the house.
The four houses, although currently all private properties, are in a pocket within Sandringham Estate, a private 20,000-acre property under the title of Queen Elizabeth II.
A section of Ashbee House, named after the original designer of the station, was once the ticket office. Its ground adjoins the former train platform, and some of the track remains intact as part of the gardens, according to the listing.
The residential conversion has seamlessly blended the house’s history with contemporary design, per the listing. The entrance hall has a cantilevered stone-topped staircase with metal balustrades and a bronze handrail. The sitting room has large bifold doors, allowing uninterrupted views of the gardens. The outdoor landscaping effortlessly melds into the surrounding woods and wildlife.
Constructed largely in Victorian and Edwardian times, the village of Wolferton is known for its natural beauty, surrounded by the sandy beaches of North Norfolk to the north, the Wash National Nature Reserve to the west and the medieval port of King’s Lynn to the south. It’s about three-hour ride from London.
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