An unusual opportunity to purchase a family home with a built-in business in a delightful Devon village. The post office and stores at Chardstock is a thriving small business and the hub of the village. The attached accommodation is a lovely family home with well presented accommodation comprising three bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor; a cosy lounge with wood burning stove, kitchen/breakfast room, separate dining room, conservatory/sun room and hallway at ground level. The stores/post office comprises of a retail area with screened post office counter, a small lobby and w.c. for the use of staff. The property has been very well maintained with double glazed windows and solid fuel central heating.
Outside, to the front, there is ample space for shop produce along with customer parking. A side entrance leads to the private rear garden, which is a delightful space, west facing and extending to 180 feet in all. The garden is very private with different areas for growing produce and composting, well screened from the more formal garden with well tended beds, lawn and patio areas.
The village of Chardstock situated on the Devon/Somerset border, has a thriving community with a Church, shop and post office, a Primary School (completed in 2009) and a busy community hall offering plenty of events and regular activities (under normal circumstances). Just a mile away (on the A358) is the hamlet of Tytherleigh, which has a very good pub and restaurant, an antique centre, a bathroom showroom and bus services to Axminster and Chard. Axminster has a mainline train station serving London Waterloo and Exeter.
The accommodation, all measurements approximate, comprises:
RETAIL AREA - 5.59m (18'4") Max x 2.84m (9'4")
Slope down to covered entrance porch. Half glazed door into retail space. Window to front and rear. Plenty of shelving and freestanding displays. Fortress Post Office counter and shop serving counter. Two upright chillers. Ice cream freezer and small chest freezer. Loft hatch to insulated, boarded and lit loft space above the Post Office.
Inner lobby leads to
Obscure glazed window to front. w.c., wall mounted basin. Tiled floor.
Window to side. Stairs rising to first floor. Under stairs recess. Telephone point. Smoke detector. Radiator.
LOUNGE - 5.46m (17'11") Max x 3.25m (10'8") Into Bay
Bow window to front. Fireplace with tiled hearth for multi-fuel stove. TV point. Radiator. Glazed panel door into
KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM - 4.14m (13'7") x 3.51m (11'6")
Window to rear overlooking the garden through the conservatory. The kitchen is fitted with a range of wall and base units with laminate work surfaces and inset stainless steel one and a half bowl sink unit and drainer. Space for dish washer. Space for washing machine. Integrated electric double oven/grill and electric hob. Esse solid fuel range cooker for central heating. Space for fridge/freezer. Pantry area with space for additional fridge/freezer and obscure glazed window to rear (into dining room). Tiled flooring. Door to
DINING ROOM - 3.3m (10'10") x 3.15m (10'4")
Two windows to side. French doors to garden. Glazed panelled door from kitchen. Loft hatch to insulated, boarded and lit loft space above the dining room. Radiator.
SUN ROOM - 3.43m (11'3") x 3.33m (10'11")
Dwarf wall with uPVC double glazed windows to rear and polycarbonate roof. Sliding door to garden. Laminate floor.
Window to side. Airing cupboard housing hot water cylinder with immersion heater and slatted shelving above. Timer controls for hot water. Hatch to insulated loft, with pull down ladder, light and boarding (to the front half).
BEDROOM ONE - 4.19m (13'9") x 2.95m (9'8")
Window to rear with lovely views over the garden and countryside beyond. Telephone point. Radiator.
BEDROOM TWO - 3.63m (11'11") x 2.72m (8'11")
Window to front. Built-in wardrobes into recess. Radiator.
BEDROOM THREE - 2.64m (8'8") x 2.51m (8'3")
Window to front. Radiator.
Obscure glazed window to side. Fitted with a white suite comprising shower bath with glazed curved shower screen and fitted with an electric shower, w.c. with recessed cistern and wash hand basin set into base unit with cupboards below. Shaver point. Mirrored and lit bathroom wall cabinet. Ladder style white radiator. Laminate flooring. Extractor.
There is a parking area to the front of the property and a good sized forecourt, providing space for outdoor produce displays as well as customer parking. An area to the side provides additional parking, beyond which is a gate leading to the private garden.
Steps down from the conservatory/sun room onto a gravelled path, which leads to a seating area, with lawn and pretty, well stocked borders. Tucked away hard standing to the side of the property where there are two sheds. The main garden slopes gently downhill, where a gate leads onto a further enclosed section of garden. This area has been used for growing produce in the past and there is a mature Cider apple tree, a greenhouse and shed and a good composting area at the far end.
Mains electricity, water and drainage. Water is metered. Solid fuel central heating.
East Devon District Council. Band B. Currently £1,576.72 (2021/22). This is for the house. The shop is subject to business rates but business rate relief means that nothing is actually payable.
The business has been under the current ownership for 7 years. The turnover is in the region of £200,000 p.a. with a net profit of around £40,000 (yr end March 21). Community post office income is in the region of £11,000. Current shop/post office opening hours are Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm, Saturday 8:30am to 1pm and Sunday 9am to 12 noon. The current owners choose to work Monday to Friday and alternate Saturdays, with staff covering the shop at weekends and the Post Office on alternate Saturdays. The wage bill is around £6,600.
Please note we have not tested any apparatus, fixtures, fittings, or services. Interested parties must undertake their own investigation into the working order of these items. All measurements are approximate and photographs provided for guidance only.