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With the New Year in full swing many of us find ourselves longing for a slice of the country life; clean air, rolling hills and all the benefits associated with living in a village community. But taking that step without a job to go to can be a daunting prospect, that is unless you’re buying a business like Cerne Abbas Stores - a high turnover business, with a spacious 6/7 bedroom home wrapped around it.

Cerne Abbas Stores has been at the heart of the community for over 250 years and run under the same ownership for the past 30 years and is now available for sale through specialist property adviser Christie + Co. The attractive double fronted period sits in a terrace of similar properties and comprises a refurbished, well-equipped trading area circa 800 sq ft with many character features. 

Beyond the shop floor the property benefits from substantial and refurbished owners’ accommodation arranged over three floors. On the ground floor is an office, a kitchen, dining room and utility room, to the first floor there is a spacious living room, four double bedrooms, study and a family bathroom. The second floor comprises two double bedrooms with built in storage, a shower room and a separate bathroom. To the rear of the property, there are two beautifully presented garden areas laid to lawn with mature trees and a pathway leading to the parking area. The ample accommodation would be well suited for someone wishing to operate a bed and breakfast to compliment the thriving shop.

And what of the area?  The affluent village of Cerne Abbas is situated near Dorchester in Dorset, nestled in the valley which holds its namesake the river Cerne and has an active community which welcomes new residents. The village is held in high regard as one of the most desirable villages in Britain with a population of around 800 and is the scene for a 13th century church and the site of a Benedictine Abbey. The area is popular with walkers and tourists due to its proximity to the famous Cerne Abbas Giant who displays himself prominently on a hill nearby. 

Jonathan Southgate of Christie + Co, who is handling the sale, believes this is an exceptional opportunity. 

“Having operated the business for the past 30 years, the current owners are seeking retirement from the retail sector so this is a genuine retirement sale. In recent years the couple have taken a step back from the business despite this, the store is currently showing very healthy weekly sales and as well as the benefit of a being a Community Post Office”. 

“This business would be perfect for a husband or wife team or two families coming together and offers a great deal of potential in the business and property. The extensive accommodation must be seen to be appreciated and lends itself to bed and breakfast income or simply a wonderful home due to the nature of the area”

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