Two Bedrooms | Freehold | Utility Room | Detached | Parking | Garden
Own a slice of working railway history with this two-bedroom house in the Scottish Highlands converted from the Victorian station building on The Jacobite heritage line featured in the Harry Potter films.
That’s hardly a muggle alive who can say the Hogwarts Express passes by their home, and the captivating scene of the steam engine pulling its crimson carriages never loses its thrill.
Inside the house, everything leads off the entrance hall, so let’s start with the main event: the 330 sq ft open-plan living space.
This voluminous room was the original ticketing hall and its extra-high timber-paneled ceilings are punctuated with modern skylights to pull in natural light.
Five shuttered windows around three walls pull in more light from the north, south and east, while the centrepiece brick fireplace not only looks the part, but ensures cosy winter evenings when it’s nippy outside.
There’s plenty of room here to arrange your furniture as you please with more than enough space for dining and seating zones.
Along one wall below the original station sign, the plywood kitchen cabinets have grey fascias in the colour of the original West Highland Line livery, paired with a natural timber worktop and enamel Belfast sink. Appliances include a dishwasher, stove and fridge.
At the opposite end of the room, a door leads to the useful utility area where you can wash, hang and dry the laundry. It’s also the perfect hiding place for cleaning devices and household products.
For sleeping, there are two double bedrooms (one large, one small) at the western end of the house, both with shuttered windows and access to attic storage.
The bathroom is also at this end and has a tub with an overhead shower along with a wash basin and loo.
Outside, a small railway sleeper bridge crosses onto a garden area, and there’s always plenty of space in the station car park.
Within a 20 minute walk is the glorious Highland coastline with some breathtakingly beautiful white sandy beaches. And of course, the walking in these parts is the stuff of legends, drawing hikers from all over the world.
So what about public transport? Well, close the front door behind you then wave your hand for the train! Yes, the station is a request stop on the Glasgow to Mallaig line, crossing the magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct en route and calling at Fort William about an hour from the house – perfect for connecting to the wonderful Caledonian Sleeper.
Fort William is also the perfect place to pick up supplies. The town has a busy high street, multiple supermarkets and plenty of places to eat and drink from breakfast till bedtime, not to mention a glorious 7 -mile ferry ride down Loch Eil to Inchree.