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Former Saintfield Railway Station comprising The Ticket Office, Station Master's House and Far Side Waiting Room
Three separate properties as one lot
All oil fired central heating
Large mature site c.1.75 acres
Walking distance to Saintfield Village
Original features throughout
Great potential for business and residential use including restaurant, design offices, child day care (subject to planning)
Viewing by appointment
"The former Saintfield Railway Station, which formed part of the Belfast & County Down Railway, was originally constructed in 1856. The success of the station allowed for expansion in 1890 with the construction of the signal cabin and the Ticket Office. The signal cabin is unique in that it is believed to be the last one standing of the Belfast & County Down Railway Origin.
The station operated for almost 100 years before closing in January 1950. It has had two owners since then with the present owners taking up residency in September 1997. They commenced a labour of love to restore the site and accommodation which offers three separate homes to include the Station Master's House, The Ticket Office and the Far Side Waiting Room. Each property has been modernised, yet still maintains the charm and character of the original station."
- THE TICKET OFFICE
- The Ticket Office and Platform have been painstakingly restored by its current owner to achieve modern living standards whilst maintaining many of the original features.
- TICKET OFFICE (ENTRANCE HALL):
- 2.97m x 3.35m (9' 9" x 11' 0")
Originally the entrance for travellers bound for Belfast, the hallway still includes the original ticket hatch now looking through to the kitchen, once the office of the Station Master. The hall includes tiled floor, original restored doors and intruder alarm controls.
- StATION MASTER'S OFFICE (KITCHEN):
- 3.4m x 4.22m (11' 2" x 13' 10")
The kitchen offers an excellent range of high and low level units, an island, original ceiling cornice, original sash windows and shutters. Included in the sale is the integrated double oven, integrated dishwasher, integrated fridge/freezer and a three-section hob to include gas and induction hob as well as a griddle section. The floor is tiled and the room has a front aspect. The 3.76m high ceiling adds to the character which can be found in abundance throughout this property.
- GENTLEMAN'S WAITING ROOM (LIVING ROOM):
- 4.19m x 5.23m (13' 9" x 17' 2")
Similar to The Station Master's office, this room still contains the original sash windows and shutters, has a 3.77m high ceiling with the original cornice still in place. In addition recent works have allowed for cabling to be installed above the fireplace to accommodate a flat screen TV and the wood burning stove fits well into what was the original fireplace.
- LAMP ROOM (UTILITY ROOM):
- 3.4m x 5.41m (11' 2" x 17' 9")
The Lamp Room has had the original pitch pine flooring fully restored. It includes an additional cloakroom/WC and also has plumbing for a washing machine.
- PLATFORM WAITING AREA (HALL):
- 2.31m x 27.15m (7' 7" x 89' 1")
What was once an open air platform now forms part of the accommodation with floor to ceiling windows and doors stretching just over 27 meters in length. On the walls are original noticeboards and posters making this one of many highlights of the property. The view from these windows include old signals, the entrance to the subway, the Far Side Waiting Room as well as the recess of where the track made its way towards Belfast. From this location it is easy to allow your imagination to slip back in time and become part of what was sure to be the hustle and bustle of railway life.
- LADIES WAITING ROOM (BEDROOM 1):
- 3.76m x 4.19m (12' 4" x 13' 9")
Having one distinct difference from the Gentleman's Waiting Area, this room included ladies washroom facilities which have now been transformed into a modern ensuite with wet room shower area, Mira pressure shower, tiled floor, part tiled walls with a small section of the original stone exposed. The ensuite measures 2.08m x 1.15m. The bedroom itself includes sash windows and shutters, fireplace and 3.76m high ceiling.
- MASTER BEDROOM:
- 3.96m x 6.07m (13' 0" x 19' 11")
Originally storage facilities, the present owner has transformed this area to provide an excellent Master Bedroom, whilst maintaining the original curved wall. Access to the main bathroom can be obtained directly from the room. There is also access to the former track through opening patio style doors. Other features include built in wardrobes, tiled floor, wiring for a flat screen television and magnificent track views.
- 2.29m x 3.m (7' 6" x 9' 10")
Featuring a free standing original bath, wet room shower area with electric shower, wc with high level flush, Adelphi sink and pedestal, tiled floor and part tiled walls.
- THE SIGNAL CABIN:
- 3.45m x 5.84m (11' 4" x 19' 2")
It is widely published that the signal cabin is the last one standing which was part of the Belfast County Down Railway with the track levers still in place and original solid flooring.
- THE STATION MASTER'S HOUSE
- The Station Master's House has been transformed internally to provide accommodation suitable for modern living standards including an extension added to the rear of the building. Externally the property still maintains the look and character as can be seen in many of the publications about the Belfast and County Down Railway.
- ENTRANCE PORCH AND HALL:
- Original doors and tiled floor, providing access to the bathroom, the living room, the lounge and the staircase to the first floor.
- LIVING ROOM:
- 3.3m x 4.57m (10' 10" x 15' 0")
Featuring an open fire, front and rear sash windows, a solid reclaimed wooden floor and 3.06m high ceiling.
- 3.3m x 4.57m (10' 10" x 15' 0")
In a walking tour of the property, the kitchen is accessed through this room, past the Rayburn stove (currently in need of repair). The original tiled floor was lifted during renovation and refitted to maintain the character of the room. This room also features opening sash windows.
- 3.96m x 6.27m (13' 0" x 20' 7")
As explained in the introduction, the kitchen is an extension of the original building and therefore offers a large space for family living. Featuring double Belfast sinks a good range of high and low level units and tiled splashbacks, recesses for washing machine, dishwasher and electric oven.
- BEDROOM (1):
- 3.63m x 4.57m (11' 11" x 15' 0")
Featuring a reclaimed solid wooden floor, fireplace and sash window with side aspect
- BEDROOM (2):
- 3.63m x 4.57m (11' 11" x 15' 0")
Featuring a reclaimed solid wooden floor, fireplace and built in shelving.
- BEDROOM (3):
- 2.29m x 3.02m (7' 6" x 9' 11")
Featuring opening sash windows with a rear aspect and solid wooden flooring.
- FAR SIDE WAITING ROOM
- Once the waiting area for passengers travelling back towards Downpatrick, this building has been transformed into independent studio accommodation with its own separate Oil Fired Central Heating System.
- OPEN PLAN LIVING/BEDROOM AREA:
- 4.01m x 6.27m (13' 2" x 20' 7")
Fully fitted kitchen and living area, accessed from the platform.
- SHOWER ROOM:
- 2.11m x 2.82m (6' 11" x 9' 3")
A wet room shower area with WC and wash hand basin.
- Walking around the three properties you will find an abundance of old signage, signals, platform and of course the recess of where the track once lay. There is also a subway accessed by steps providing access from one side of the track to the other. The site is approximately 1.75 acres in total.
From Belfast turn left at Saintfield crossroads into Todd's Hill - this becomes Station Road. The Old Station House is then approx 200 yards on the left