House's unique viewing platform is a restored railway carriage for bedroom
A bungalow in the Cornish countryside has been revealed as one of Britain's most unusual homes because it has its very own railway carriage – inside.
The unique property in Ashton, near Helston, is a fully functioning home, but bizarrely has the restored 130-year-old Great Western Railway carriage within.
Owner Jim Higgins said the strange situation arose from planning regulations.
Retired transport manager Mr Higgins, 64, took over the property from his former father-in-law Charles Allen, who was forced to build it around the railway carriage.
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Mr Higgins said: "The railway carriage was lived in by a local woman, Elizabeth Richards, from 1931. It was known as Lizzie's Place until she died in 1966.
"It then stood empty for a number of years until my ex-father-in-law came down looking for somewhere to retire. He was a master carpenter and was looking for planning permission to build a retirement home.
"He came down from Middlesex and fell in love with the spot where the railway carriage was.
"But when he applied for planning permission to build a bungalow he was told the railway carriage had been there so long it had 'grandfather rights'. It couldn't be moved.
"So he decided to build around it."
Mr Higgins said: "Living in an old railway carriage was relatively common once upon a time. But I've never heard of a house being built around one before.
"He actually built the bungalow as a home with kitchen and lounge, etc, but the bedrooms are in the railway carriage. And he set about restoring the carriage – called Waverley – to its original 1882 state too.
"A few years ago he decided to move away, but asked me if I wanted to move down and take over. I thought about it for a few seconds and accepted.
"It's such a beautiful location with fantastic sea views I couldn't refuse."
The carriage restoration project will be totally complete in a couple of months, said Mr Higgins. "It's taken a huge effort trying to make it as authentic as possible. Getting the right specifications was very hard. There's not a lot of information about the carriages."