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Station house couple create carriage guest house
4:02pm Sunday 29th September 2013 in News
It’s a first class idea that provides an express alternative to other accommodation out there.
The Old Station in Allerston, near Pickering, North Yorkshire, is an old railway station and carriages converted into a home and guest house.
It is comprised of three self-catering railway carriages that don’t look out of place in an area so enthusiastic about trains.
But the fact they have been converted internally into luxurious lodgings sets them apart from the usual forms of carriage.
The business is owned by couple Carol and Mark Benson.
“We were looking to set up a lodgings business in the area and I liked the station immediately,” said Carol, 54, a mum of two.
"I found this place and said to my husband 'I want to buy it. It's very sad and rundown'.
“The problem, as my husband pointed out was, ‘where are we going to put the people?’, and then it came to me – in the carriages of course! The rest is history."
The station now welcomes people of all ages, with children arriving in the school holidays and retired folk throughout the year.
The 45-year-old carriages are historically First Class and offer a kitchen, lounge, two or three bedrooms and a bathroom too, with central heating and mod-cons such as TVs and DVD players.
But they also retain many features from their functional days as train carriages.
Carol and husband Mark, 55, who still has a day job as a surveyor for Network Rail, made the actual railway station their home.
"It's just as it was when it was a working station," she said. "We step out the door onto the platform and the carriages are situated as if they are pulling into the station - but they don't move."
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