Seeking a home in France with railway history? Come train station spotting with us and choo choose the French property of your dreams
Artisans have turned this derelict station on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Issac into a stunning home with guesthouse and pool. The waiting room is now a beautiful salon-diner; the station master’s office is a modern kitchen. The platform shop is a pool house and the toilets are are little utility block with roses climbing up the wall. Surrounded by two hectares of land, the property comprises a three-bedroom home and a one-bedroom gîte (the old pump house). Scope for more accommodation lies with the old railway merchandise store. Read about this property in the September 2019 issue of French Property News.
Available furnished, this old station master’s house near the tourist town of Sauveterre-de-Béarn has been transformed into a lovely country home with renewed roof and insulation. On the ground floor, there’s a kitchen, two living rooms and a shower room while upstairs are two bedrooms. Beautiful poplar trees bring shade to the garden, which has a shed and a hangar.
Sophie Folley Immobilier
Here is your chance to own a station house on one of the world’s most beautiful railway journeys – that of the Little Yellow Train of the Pyrénées. Opened in 1909 and still going strong, the narrow-gauge electric railway connects the fortified village of Villefranche-de-Conflent (a UNESCO site) to the Spanish border via France’s highest railway station, crossing dramatic ravines and viaducts enroute. It’s hardly Clapham Junction; there are only six trains a day in summer, but this house is a request stop so if you want to jump aboard simply stand on the platform and stick out your hand! The property is in the village of Serdinya, a village with a restaurant, shop and salmon/trout river 30 minutes from Perpignan. It has three bedrooms, a storage/utility extension, a good-sized terrace and ample garden.
All aboard beautiful Burgundy! What would you make of this grand former train station hotel offering bags of accommodation over three floors, plus a guest house and barn? It’s on a large wooded plot 40 minutes from Chalon-sur-Saône and an hour from Burgundy capital Dijon, so of course you’d have ample excellent wines to sample from the region’s vineyards. Featuring quality materials such as stone flooring and an oak staircase, the old hotel has five bedrooms (three of the ground floor) and five bathrooms, plus two spare rooms and an attic to be converted if required. The guest cottage is totally new with an open-plan living space and a bedroom, toilet and bathroom. The plot of 6,800m2 also includes a barn with workshop and garage, and a separate outbuilding with carport.
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A level crossing keeper once lived in this cottage, but today it would be an ideal property for railway enthusiasts or commuters, as it is two minutes’ walk from a stopping station on the line between Poitiers and Angoulême, which has high-speed links to Paris. Train noise is minimal on the electrified line and no high-speed trains pass the cottage. The two-bedroom cottage could do with an update inside but is double-glazed and comes with a good dry cellar and a pleasant garden with shed, all on a peaceful no-through road 3km outside the village of St-Saviol.
Located near the popular and pretty village of Bonnes on the Dronne river, this former railway station is now a charming house just five minutes’s drive from the tourist hotspot of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne. It has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, three reception rooms, a garage, cellar and swimming pool, all in grounds of just under a hectare.
Trainspotter or not, you can’t fail to admire this old railway station in the Midi-Pyrénées in an area loved for its hiking trails and prehistoric sites. It is now a three-bedroom home with indoor pool, workshop, two garages and terrace with summer kitchen. The property is set in almost an acre of land on the edge of Campagne-sur-Arize, a riverside village an hour south of Toulouse. Just a few minutes down the road is Europe’s only drive-through cavern, a major prehistoric site. See this property in the September 2019 issue of French Property News.
Close to St-Jean-de-Côle, recognised as one of the most beautiful villages in France, this sweet little railway cottage is set on 1,200m2 of land with good views. The reception rooms, kitchen and bathroom are downstairs while upstairs are two interconnecting bedrooms off a landing. There’s a garage and wells on site.
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Ideal for cyclists, walkers and kayakers this Breton railway cottage sits on a disused railway line that is now a traffic-free greenway in the village of La Chapelle Caro. Close by is the pleasant village of Le Roc St-André and another greenway, the towpath that runs alongside the Nantes-to-Brest canal. Follow either route and you can reach beautiful medieval towns such as Malestroit and Josselin as well as the leisure lake at Ploermel. The property is in need of a little refreshing and has three bedrooms, off-road parking and a lawned garden with patio and boules pitch.
Within walking distance of a small village with shops and services, near Duras and Eymet, this station house has been turned into a spacious modern home. Where once trains trundled along the tracks, now there is a large salt water pool, outbuildings (which could be converted into a gite), and a BBQ terrace/summer kitchen, all set in almost a hectare of mature well-planted gardens. Though updated, the main house still bears the hallmarks of its glory days, with high and wide doorways and quality woodwork. Inside are five spacious bedrooms and a living room flooded with light.
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