Described by its customers as “one of Castle Cary’s most important assets”, Martin’s has been operated by the Philpott family for over 14 years winning numerous awards during this time including a national independent retailer of the year award. The shop is known for sourcing and selling a vast array of local produce and offers a wide range of specialist products including meats, cheeses and wine in addition to gluten and dairy free.
In addition to the business, Martin’s House is also included in the sale. Martin’s House is an 18th century Grade II listed five bedroom end of terraced property with numerous original features, out buildings and a large mature garden with a derelict cottage in one corner. The original features include two inglenook fireplaces, flagstone flooring and specifically listed staircase, and servants’ quarters in the attic.
Castle Cary has seen a recent surge in popularity given its location within South Somerset. Glastonbury, the Bath and West Showground and Bruton with its three popular boarding schools, Sexey’s, Kings School and Bruton School for Girls are all within easy reach.
The owner Melanie Philpott comments, “Although the shop has been established since 1875, we have gained a reputation for excellent customer service with a huge range of good quality products, some of which the farmers deliver themselves. At Easter and Christmas we specialise in a diverse range of Belgian chocolates and gifts not seen in supermarkets.”
Senior Agent David Morris from Christie & Co’s Bristol office adds, “This is an excellent opportunity for an owner operator/family to acquire a well established business with an excellent local reputation and owner’s accommodation. With 18th Century owner’s accommodation and many of its original features, it is rare that such an opportunity comes to the open market.”
Martin’s and Martin’s House are on the market for and asking price of £950,000 freehold through Christie & Co’s Bristol office.