Property: Three To View; Off the Rails

THE OLD Station was the working branch-line station serving East Budleigh, in Devon's Otter Valley, until it fell victim to the swingeing rail cuts of 1967. Now converted into a three-bedroom house, it sits in an acre of grounds, including the platform and a large covered area which used to protect waiting passengers. It also has a detached brick-built goods shed, now used for storage. The 23ft sitting-room overlooks the platform and has a large wood-burner in the hearth. Steps from the platform lead down to where the old tracks would have been, which is now lawns. It's for sale at pounds 295,000,details from Fulfords, on 01392 660007.

THERE STILL is a mainline station at Marden, in Kent, which would suit commuters considering buying Number Six, Railway Cottages. The Victorian mid-terrace cottage is tucked down a lane, just before the railway bridge. There is a sitting room with a beamed ceiling and open brick fireplace, a downstairs bathroom and two upstairs bedrooms. A gate at the back of the garden leads to an allocated parking space. The house has gas central heating and the carpets are included in the price: pounds 86,950. For details, contact Your Move, telephone 01892 833388.

RAILWAY COTTAGE in Churchill, Oxfordshire was originally used as stabling for the horses which worked on the railway. On the edge of the Cotswolds, it's about two and a half miles from Kingham. A train service to Paddington takes around 75 minutes. The three-bedroom cottage has a sitting-room with beams and exposed stone walls, and there's a separate dining room and two bathrooms. The gardens include a large patio area and parking for two cars. For sale at pounds 215,000, details from Knight Frank 01865 790077.

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