So you want to live... in a railway carriage

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High-speed commuter or old-world wagon?

High-speed commuter or old-world wagon?

This is most definitely from the older school of carriage construction. Built in 1897 out of Honduras mahogany and brass, it formed part of a regular service for the GWR until 1930.

How did it end up as a home?

Four of the carriages were auctioned off in the same year to local Exeter families, who had the bright idea of moving them to the current site and turning them into homes. Over the years they were connected to the National Grid and gas mains and got running water.

They must need a lick of paint by now

Already done. The current owner of this carriage has recently carried out a full refurbishment, restoring many of the features and repainting, rewiring and replumbing the entire plot - which also includes an attached conservatory and a chalet.

Where do they come in?

Built around one end of the carriage is a veranda, which leads to the recently rebuilt conservatory - which the agents say resembles a station, although you may need a good imagination to picture this - and a kitchen area. Located at the other end of the five-compartment carriage is a small, detached, one-room chalet, which currently serves as the dining-room. Looking out of this property does offer some sublime views of the surrounding parkland and, of course, the sea.

And the carriage itself?

The first compartment, with direct access on to the veranda, acts as a living-room or extra dining-room - though why you would need two is anyone's guess. The next couple of compartments form a rather charming bedroom, an en suite bathroom (of sorts) and a dressing-room - all with great parkland views.

How much?

Whit Barn, in Cockwood, Exeter, is for sale at £215,000 through Stags (01392 255202).