07 July 2015 | Retail

Picture-postcard village Post Office & store is on the market

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A quaint community post office and village store in the picturesque Devon village of Lower Ashton has been put on the market by Christie + Co.

The small village of Lower Ashton lies within the beautiful Teign Valley on the eastern edge of Dartmoor National Park, an easy drive from splendid sandy beaches of the South coast and the Cathedral city of Exeter.

Occupying a prominent corner position in the centre of the village, the Grade II listed Post Office and store dates back to the 17th century and has been serving the local community for over100 years, offering a variety of convenience items including confectionary, newspapers, stationary and alcohol. The store has been in the same family for the past 53 years.

The business is housed in a lovely thatched white cottage that oozes charm and comfort. With four bedrooms, homely warm-hued interiors and spacious landscaped gardens offering sweeping countryside views, Lower Ashton Post Office & Stores presents an ideal family home and income opportunity for experienced or first time owner-operators.

Jonathan Southgate of Christie + Co’s Exeter office is handling the sale. He comments: “Lower Ashton Post Office & Stores has provided its owners, a husband and wife team, with a successful career and a pleasant lifestyle in the country for a long time. In recent years, the couple have taken a step back from the business and now they are ready to retire, leaving a wonderful opportunity for a younger couple to take over the business.”

“Lower Ashton acts as a feeder village to other hamlets in the surrounding area providing a captive audience and untapped potential for the Post Office Stores. There is scope for new owners to expand business opportunities by incorporating a tea-room or simply extending the opening hours.”