A home built by a rail enthusiast with its own track, locomotives and station in the garden could be just the ticket for one lucky buyer.

Five-bedroom Foxcombe House, near Wantage, which was built by current owners Graham and Wendy Miles in 1999, is up for sale.

Long time railway enthusiast Mr Miles then installed the miniature railway with the help of his son in 2007.

The five-inch gauge garden railway has 750 feet of track and was built in phases over the course of about three years.

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The rolling stock consists of a battery-operated locomotive as well as a steam locomotive, which Mr Miles built himself, together with five wagons to carry passengers.

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A pretty summerhouse serves as the station.

He said: “I have always had a passion for railways so when I retired, the first thing I did was put an extension on the garage and built a model railway, this led to the idea for a Garden Railway.

"We laid the track the back garden first, then an extension round the side of the house and a loop in the front garden.”

Over the years, the railway has been at the heart of numerous village events, such as coronation celebrations and open garden days.

It also proves a talking point for anyone passing by.

“We’ve been here 25 years and have really enjoyed it, there is a really nice, friendly crowd in the village,” said Mr Miles.

The couple's grandchildren, aged 10 and six, have always enjoyed running the trains, with both having driven on their own from an early age.

Mr Miles, who is involved with various railway clubs, is planning to keep the steam locomotive he built, which is named Lily after his later mother.

The train track, which has been well maintained by Mr Miles over the years, was built in such a way that it can be removed, simply leaving behind gravel pathways.

However, the couple are happy to negotiate if an incoming buyer would like to keep the track and battery engine.

The house meanwhile has well-proportioned rooms, high ceilings and large windows.

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A reception hall has a staircase leading up to a galleried landing, a triple aspect drawing room which leads the garden room, dining room, sitting room and kitchen with movable central island and adjoining utility room.

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The first floor has a large principal bedroom with en suite shower room, three further bedrooms, one with an en suite shower room, and a family bathroom. A fifth bedroom is currently used as a study. 

There is generous parking and a detached double garage as well as a studio which could serve as a home office, and other sheds/stores.

Deborah Giacobbi of selling agents Savills said: “Traditional in style, this handsome house is at the centre of the village and just around the corner from the popular pub, with glorious surrounding countryside on the doorstep.

"The endearing garden railway runs around both gardens and would offer hours of endless fun for railway enthusiasts.”

Foxcombe House is being marketed by Savills for a guide price excess of £1.395 million.