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'It's the dream property for anyone who had a model railway while growing up' STATION HOUSE IS ON ONE OF WALES' QUIETEST RAILWAYS.

Byline: ELENA CRESCI elena.cresci@walesonline.co.uk

TUCKED away in the heart of Snowdonia is one of the quietest railway stations in Wales - and one lucky buyer could become its new station master.

Roman Bridge train station in Conwy is so remote, passengers have to flag down one of the few trains which run through the station every day. Now the station house, on a single-track country railway line, is up for sale.

The successful bidder for the three-bedroom home will reap the benefits of a train service which stops right outside their front door.

In 2012, just 936 passengers used the station, making it the third quietest station in the whole of Wales.

Just 12 services run through the station each day, travelling between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Llandudno Junction.

The house was built in 1879 by North Western Railway, originally to accommodate the station master. The line itself was built to provide transport for farmers and slate quarry workers who worked in the area at the time.

Estate agents Strutt & Parker has placed a guide price of PS450,000 on the property, which comes complete with almost 10 acres of land.

Head of Strutt & Parker's Chester office Martyn Haden said it was unusual for a home to have its own train station attached.

"It's the dream property for anyone who had a model railway while growing up," he said.

"There are a few other homes nearby, so the train station isn't just used by those living in Station House, but it is quite rare for a property to have trains stop right outside by request.

"Of course, station houses have been put on the market before - but none quite like this. I've certainly never sold a property like this before."

Rolling green meadows, an oxbow lake and fish pool come complete with the house - along with the rail service.

Part of the land borders the Afon Lledr, where the new owner will be able to fish for salmon, sea trout and wild brown trout.

Owner Roger Latham bought the property from the station master's widow as a personal favour in 1997. He carried out considerable refurbishment on the detached house, installing solar panels and a sustainable heating system.

For a time, Mr Latham rented the house as a holiday home to walkers and outdoor types keen to experience the sights and sounds of Snowdonia.

"I'll be sad to see it go, but I do only live down the road," the 66-year-old conservationist said.

"I'm getting a bit long in the tooth these days, so it was time to find a new owner.

"I just hope whoever purchases it recognises what a beautiful part of the world this is.

"The rural life is a very tranquil one and I think whoever buys it will be very happy with the location."

He added: "I'll be interested to see who buys it. It could be someone who has always wanted to live in a rural location or even a fishing syndicate."

The quietest station in Wales is located on the Heart of Wales line - Sugar Loaf station in Powys catered to just 160 passengers in 2012.

> WELSH HOMES THE PS1M HOUSE DROP The number of million pound homes sold in Wales dropped by 71% last year, research has found.

While the number of properties selling for more than PS1m reached the highest level in 2012 since the height of the housing boom, Wales saw the biggest drop in million pound sales out of all regions in the UK.

According to research by Lloyds TSB, sales of properties costing a million pounds or more accounted for 1.1% of all national sales. Despite the increase, sales were still 10% lower than in 2007.

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