IT WAS once a top secret temporary base used by Winston Churchill to form the final plans for D-Day.

Now, Old Droxford Station is for sale.

The property, a former station on the Meon Valley Railway, is steeped in history.

It is most famed for its use by Churchill in June 1944, where he met ministers to decide on his invasion strategy for World War Two.

Since then it has been converted into a four-bedroom home and is on sale for £1.5 million, via estate agency Knight Frank.

According to the current owner, the site has been popular with D-Day fanatics and has attracted a steady stream of visitors over the years.

The train line was originally built in the hope that Queen Victoria would use the route to travel to and from her home on the Isle of Wight.

She died two years before the line was completed in 1903.

In June 1944, in the days leading up to the Normandy landings, Prime Minister Winston Churchill used it.

Based in an armoured train parked in the sidings at Droxford and obscured by beech trees, Churchill met numerous ministers, military commanders and leaders of allied nations.

The secret train was codenamed 'Rugged' and it served as the Prime Minister’s mobile headquarters.

Free French leader Charles de Gaulle was informed of the Normandy invasion plans by Churchill and Anthony Eden, the foreign secretary, at Droxford on June 4.

He chose the station as a secure base, to be near the coast and to the nearby Allied command centre at Southwick House.

At 6.58pm on June 5, shortly before the landings were due to take place, Churchill's train pulled out of Droxford and returned to London.