Railway Cottage is a solidly built former Victorian railway tavern. The rooms are large and very well laid out. The house sits prominently amongst a small collection of converted railway buildings and comes with approximately 1/3rd acre of land. The site is historically very interesting and extensive records shall be left with the house.
LOCATION: The house is situated near the railway line between the villages of Burston, famous for its strike school, and Shimpling. It is therefore extremely convenient for the market town of Diss, which has a good selection of independent shops, larger supermarkets, pubs, restaurants and a mainline rail connection to London (c90 minutes). It has a well-regarded high school and other facilities expected of a town of this size. Burston itself has an acclaimed pub, primary school, excellent playing field and playground. Norwich, Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds are all approximately 30-40 minutes away by car.
THE HOUSE: The principal entrance (uPVC double glazed) is on the right hand side of the property and opens into a hallway with tiled floor. This in turn leads to the sitting room and a utility / shower room.
The UTILITY / SHOWER ROOM has electric underfloor heating and contains a shower cubicle, WC, sink and plumbing for a washing machine. This room is double height and has its own small attic space and a Velux skylight.
The SITTING ROOM is large - it measures 20’7” x 13’3” and has exposed ceiling joists. One window looks out to the west, another and the wooden double doors (which would have been the original tavern entrance) to the front. All are double glazed. The sitting room contains a Hunter multifuel stove on a pamment tile hearth and the chimney was fully relined in 2011.
The DINING ROOM, 10’3” x 13’3”, also has windows to the front and side aspects making it a bright and cheerful room. A large pine beam across the ceiling adds character. The dining room leads directly to the large kitchen.
The KITCHEN, 18’6” x 7’11”, was added to the house approximately 25 years ago but retains the character of the main house with exposed ceiling joists and a tiled floor. A double glazed uPVC door and large window face east onto a large step suitable for a small table and chairs. The kitchen units are made from solid oak with timber-edged work surfaces and tiled splashbacks. The wall units are underlit. The kitchen contains built-in Neff appliances: fridge, freezer, oven, hob and extractor unit. There is space and plumbing for a water softener and dishwasher next to the 1½ sink unit. This is a large room and could easily be reconfigured to include a breakfast or seating area whilst retaining a large and well appointed kitchen.
From the sitting, room, stairs lead down to the two-room CELLAR. There are two similarly sized rooms, each approximately the size of the dining room, and there is scope to extend if required. Headroom is limited but one can stand comfortably between the beams. At present, one room is used as a workshop and the other (accessed via a small doorway) for storage and occasional study. It was previously used as a teenage “den”. This second room is carpeted and contains the main fuseboard for the house. The cellar has heating, light, electricity, good ventilation and an extractor fan, which is further supported by a dehumidifier.
Also from the sitting room, stairs lead upstairs to the landing, which has a velux skylight and a recessed ceiling light.
The FIRST BEDROOM, 10’3” x 13’1”, has a window to the front, which looks over the road to fields beyond. It is carpeted but has original pine floorboards beneath. The SECOND BEDROOM, also 10’3” x 13’1”, is almost a mirror image of the first but has a chipboard floor beneath its carpet.
The THIRD BEDROOM, 6’2” x 10’1”, is currently used as a study but would also make a superb nursery. It has a built in wardrobe and provides access to the loft of the main house, which was reinsulated c2007. It had a new carpet in early 2016.
The spacious family bathroom, 9’7” x 7,11”, was added around 25 years ago and contains a bath (cast iron), sink and WC. It has a double glazed Velux skylight, a large airing cupboard containing the hot water tank and a very accessible loft space behind.
SERVICES: The house is connected to unmetered mains water and drainage is via a septic tank, making it very economic. Mains electricity is connected and the lights are almost all LEDs, thus minimising running costs. Heating is provided via the multifuel stove, again, extremely economic, with backup from wall mounted storage heaters. Internal wiring for additional heating was installed when the house was renovated. These connections remain available but thus far unused.
OUTSIDE: Railway Cottage has space to park two cars to the right of the house (looking from the front). There is a cobbled pathway and pavement area to the front of the house making the double doors useful and safely accessible. To the left of the house, beside the shared driveway, is a small area of garden and timber shed.
Immediately behind the property is a former granary, which is being sensitively converted into two townhouses. The former station master’s house and station building sit close by with other railway buildings recently converted into houses stretching rearward.
The GARDEN, approximately 1/3rd acre (estimated) sits approximately 100 yards behind the house and enjoys both pedestrian and vehicular access via a five-bar gate. It is therefore a very private space and is some distance from any other dwellings. The garden contains a large, two-room concrete shed, a shingle patio area, which retains the evening warmth extremely well, and a small wooded area beyond the fruit trees and lawn. The garden is bordered by the railway line on one side and woodland on the other. It is comfortably large enough to contain, for example, a log cabin or similar. One can access wifi from the house even at the furthest point of the garden.