Imagine inviting your customers to your office or accommodation, telling them they have just a couple of steps to take from their train.
That's just the opportunity at Caersws, Powys in Mid Wales where the former Station Master's House is up for sale on a working railway station, providing a rare opportunity to invest in a business opportunity.
The Grade II listed property adjoining the main platform and station building was once the home of the station master and linked to the former Van Railway which was used to transport lead from the mines, with the line and Caersws Station managed by famous Welsh poet John Ceiriog Hughes.
Today, the property is privately owned and renovated after receiving planning permission for a bunkhouse and cafe. But the new owners could apply to have it returned to residential use.
The main railway station buildings and junction box remain the property of Arriva Trains who operate the unmanned station along the idyllic Cambrian Railway between Shrewsbury and Aberystwyth.
"The property is in a very good state having been renovated by the current owner.
"He had intended to operate a bunkhouse and cafe at the site, but circumstances have changed and he has decided to sell it," said Paul Evans, a partner at Mid Wales and Shropshire estate agents Morris, Marshall and Poole who are acting for the seller.
The property is on the market for £125,000 and includes five principal rooms, a kitchen, cloakroom, large gardens, a garage and additional parking.
"It provides an opportunity for someone who might want to run a business from the site. It was once a regional office for a national countryside organisation. But it could be converted back to a home as it was when the station master lived their, subject to planning approval."
The station was built in the 1890s, although Caersws was already home to a terminus linking the railway to the Van Railway between 1871 and 1940, which spurred off to the Van lead mine.
The line and the former Caersws Station was managed by Welsh poet John Ceiriog Hughes from 1868 until 1887 when he died.
The station remains a link between the rural community and the rest of the UK rail network. Trains currently operate in both directions, stopping at the station every two hours, although an hourly service will begin in early 2015.
"The area has a strong tourism sector and the opportunity to provide a bunkhouse and cafe at the site is a good one. But it could be used for other business purposes or as residential accommodation subject to planning.”
Details about The Station Master's House at Caersws can be found at www.morrismarshall.co.uk or by telephoning Morris, Marshall and Poole on 01686 626160.
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