Lonely Planet Writer

Is a Victorian train station in Sheffield the ultimate holiday home?

Earlier this year, for the first time in its existence, a charming holiday cottage sitting right on the platform of a working train station in Worcester was opened to guests wishing to live like a station master for a night. And now, English history buffs and train enthusiasts alike have the chance to actually own a station, as a stunning Victorian property has just gone up for auction in Sheffield.

The train station was built in the 1870s. Image by Mark Jenkinson & Son

With a guide price of £250,000 (€280,000), the train station is arguably more affordable than many London flats but requires restoration work to bring it up to scratch. The building is located in Chapeltown in south Sheffield and sits on a one-acre site with woodlands nearby. The three-bedroom house (together with six rooms in an adjoining building) still retains many of its original, interesting features, and includes a reception hallway on the ground floor, a cellar with a stone-clad ground, and a landing that leads to bedrooms on the first floor.

The building retains many of its original, idiosyncratic features. Image by Mark Jenkinson & Son

The train line was first opened in 1854, but was only single track, with the original station being constructed from wood. The present station was built in the 1870’s when the line was doubled in the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire railways double pavilion style. The building was officially opened to the public in 1877 and contained waiting rooms for first, second and third class passengers, as well as a booking office and the station master’s house.

The station sits on a one-acre plot and is located near a wooded area. Image by Mark Jenkinson & Son

During WWII, Churchill tanks were built in the nearby Thorncliffe Estate, and the station was used to transport them. The historic building has attracted its fair share of attention from curious explorers throughout the years, with local paranormal societies even investigating a theory that the station is haunted. It was closed in 1953, with the tracks being removed in the 1960s. The station master of Chapeltown South lived in the house until 1963, when a family moved in.

Today, the station features idiosyncratic and unique features, like a small booking office window that is still intact. For people interested in seeing the property, viewings are being arranged throughout August and September.

More information on 200 Station Road is available at the official Mark Jenkinson & Son website.