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All change at Eype as railway home goes on the market
ANTIQUES Roadshow star Paul Atterbury is selling his railway carriage home near Bridport so he can live closer to… a train station.
Paul and Chrissie Atterbury's railway carriage home
His rolling stock residence at Eype, along with two converted beach huts, are on the market with a £495,000 price tag.
The TV presenter and railway historian has lived at Whin Bridge with his wife Chrissie for the past 10 years.
Now he says they want to move to a town within walking distance of the shops and a main line rail link so it is easier to commute to work.
He said: “We have had a wonderful ten years in Eype, during which time we have greatly expanded the original railway carriage cottage, which was the reason I came here.
“Chrissie has created a wonderful house and garden. Eype is an exceptional village, for its setting and its great sense of community.
“However, we have been thinking of moving for a while, mainly because we want to live in a town and be able to walk to shops and a railway station. I travel continuously, for the Roadshow and even more for lecturing, and having to drive to Dorchester, Yeovil or Taunton before starting any journey has become increasingly a burden. And it means we have to run two cars.”
Mr Atterbury said they were also ready for ‘a new adventure’ and decided the time was right despite the current situation in the housing market.
“We don’t yet know where we shall go but have been looking at various Dorset and Devon towns,” he said.
“We want to stay near the sea and the landscape which is a vital component. If we sell before finding the right house, we shall rent somewhere. We shall miss Eype and Bridport, and the many friends we have made. The town, and West Dorset, has been good to us, and it has been a treat for us being part of this friendly community.
“We hope that whoever takes over Whin Bridge will love it as much as we have, and will enjoy living in it and being part of Eype.” The redundant Great Western Railway carriage, built around 1903, was first put on the site at Whin Bridge in 1921.
Two former beach huts were added shortly afterwards to make a family home, first occupied by Freddy and Daisy Andrews and their family until 1987. Since moving in, the Atterburys have expanded the property, refurbishing the original beach huts to create a spacious and versatile home with modern facilities.
Currently the former railway carriage is used as a holiday let.
David West, of estate agents Humberts, said they expected a lot of interest in the property. “It is going to generate a great deal of interest both locally and nationally because it is such a unique property,” he said.
“We have had some success recently in selling very individual properties in good locations because these rarely become available. We feel the price is at a very realistic level.”