Old Droxford Station is a truly unique property steeped in history and now a stylish private residence available for sale through The Country House Company.
Droxford Station was a small station on the Meon Valley Railway, designed by British architect T.P.Figgis. T. P. Figgis was renowned for his work on British public buildings including the iconic London stations of Stockwell, Oval, Kennington, Elephant & Castle and Borough. Droxford Station was opened in 1903 and was one of 4 stations designed by Figgis for The Meon Valley railway, which between 1903 and 1968 ran along 22 miles of glorious Hampshire countryside.
The major claim to fame for Old Droxford Station came in 1944 amid World War ll, when Droxford Station was used by the Prime Minister Winston Churchill as his base during preparations for the Normandy landings. Based in an armored train parked in the sidings at Droxford, Churchill met with numerous ministers, military commanders and leaders of allied nations. On 4 June 1944, shortly before the landings were due to take place, Free French leader Charles de Gaulle visited Churchill at Droxford, and was informed of the invasion plans.
So, with that exciting history the property, with its classic station design and original features, has been skillfully refurbished by the current owners to create a unique and stylish 4 bedroom family home. The main station waiting room is now a dual aspect drawing room with a magnificent oak panelled vaulted ceiling and fireplace with log burning stove. The ladies waiting room is now a family room and the original ticket office is now a study designed to retain the booth and cabinets from its operating days.
In addition, on the ground floor is an elegant formal dining room, a superb extensively fitted kitchen/dining room with a range cooker and large utility/boot room with cloakroom and access outside. There is also a rear lobby, additional cloakroom and second staircase to the guest suite with bathroom.
Accessed via the main staircase is the master bedroom with en suite bathroom, two further double bedrooms and a large family bathroom.
The gardens are a superb feature of the house and again in keeping with its history. They have been attractively landscaped to include large areas of lawn with perennial borders, orchard, raised vegetable beds plus Victorian style Hartley Botanic greenhouse and two paddocks.
The detached signal box has been reconstructed as a tasteful one bedroom annexe which has open plan living space with kitchenette and fireplace, a double bedroom and private bathroom.
There is also a garage/workshop/office which is substantial and benefits from planning permission for use of the first floor as an office.
Old Droxford Station is in the Hampshire village of Soberton which lies on the west of the River Meon and in the heart of the Meon Valley and South Downs National Park.
Guide price £1,600,000
For full details please see www.countryhousecompany.co.uk or call Kate Porter on 02392 632275.