POST OFFICE, BAILEY HILL, CASTLE CARY, BA7 7BP
A wonderful opportunity to acquire this handsome and prominent Georgian town house in the heart of Castle Cary, and return it to it’s former glory.
The Post Office is arguably the centrepiece of the town and is coming to the market for the first time in 20 years.
The property currently has both residential and commercial occupation with the outgoing post office premises also being ripe for conversion back into living accommodation subject to obtaining the necessary consents.
The commercial premises include a substantial 38’ shop front with office and sorting office and the residential accommodation includes an entrance hall, kitchen/dining room, sitting room, utility, w/c, five bedrooms (one with en-suite), family bathroom and three large attic rooms.
There is a separate two bedroom cottage, ample parking, a garage, stores and a beautiful walled garden to the rear.
About the area
Castle Cary is described by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, the eminent architectural historian, as Somerset's prettiest town, set in beautiful un-spoilt countryside. The town is characterised by period buildings constructed of the distinctive honey coloured stone for which the area is well known. It remains a delightful small market town with a number of traditional shops and boutiques within the Conservation Area in which a policy of strict planning control operates to prevent inappropriate development. These shops cater for most everyday needs whilst Shaftesbury, Glastonbury, Street, Wells, Frome, Wincanton, Sherborne and Yeovil are all close by and Salisbury, Taunton, Bath and Bristol are in easy driving distance.
The newly opened “The Newt in Somerset” just outside Castle Cary is home to beautiful countryside walks set in the grounds of a Georgian country estate. Within the estate are a Hotel & Spa, Farm shop, restaurants and house & garden shop.
On the outskirts of Castle Cary is the railway station with its direct line to Paddington and the A303 road link is a few miles south. There are excellent state schools in the area - Ansford Academy boasts excellent exam grades and independent schools include the Sherborne and Bruton schools, Millfield, Wells Cathedral, Hazelgrove, Port Regis and St. Mary's Shaftesbury.
Bailey Hill is an historic spot, renowned for being the location of The Round House, an 18th century temporary ‘lock up’ and now a popular landmark within the town.
The Post Office has beautifully constructed Cary stone elevations with Doulting dressings, parapet wall with Ashlar pediment and a Welsh slate roof. The front fac¸ade is set behind a low stone wall and has beautiful sash windows facing out and a gorgeous Venetian window at first floor level.
The shop is entered from the paved forecourt with steps leading up from the street. Having been run for the past 25 years as a successful post office and thanks to the central, accessible location, a new owner could easily open and run a business from these premises. It is advised that buyers seek their own permissions for their intended application. The main shop floor spans over 38’ in length and adjoins a separate office area with the sorting office behind accessing both rooms. If a buyer seeks purely residential occupation then this space could be converted back into several impressive rooms which would probably become the principal living areas of the house. Some period features remain including an exposed brick and timber partition wall, a large open bay window and of course the sash windows to the front.
The current living accommodation is to the rear of the property will likely be reconfigured depending on a new buyer’s intentions. There is a family oriented kitchen/dining room, sitting room with lovely exposed beams and a fabulous inglenook fireplace and timber panelling. Also on the ground floor are a utility and cloakroom.
The first floor is ideal for family living with five double bedrooms and two bath/shower rooms. There is a large landing area with a lovely view out through a second Venetian window which could be a great study area. The main bedroom is of generous proportions and has a marble fireplace with ornate storage alcoves on either side. This is a flexible room which has previously been used as a living room.
The other bedrooms are all exceptionally light filled thanks to the large sash windows and each have a pretty outlook of the surrounding town centre. The guest bedroom has a built in wardrobe and en-suite shower room. The family bathroom has a bath with separate shower, basin and w/c.
A further set of stairs leads up to three connecting attic rooms which could be utilised as hobby rooms, playrooms or indeed easily accessible storage space.
Within the curtilage of the grounds is a separate two bedroom cottage which is ideal for ancillary accommodation or indeed used for a secondary income source through long or short term letting. The cottage is fully self-contained and has it’s own secure garden.
There is extensive parking for many vehicles to the rear of the property which is a real rarity this close to the centre of the town. In addition there is a garage and two separate store rooms which offer even further scope.
A path leads to a substantial rear walled garden, laid to lawn with several established shrubs and trees and enjoying total security for children and pets. Once again this is exceptionally rare in this location and just adds to the charm of the property.
Please note there is currently a Tenant living in the cottage with notice due to be supplied for the 1st June 2021. Unless specific arrangements are made, completion of the sale will be no sooner than this date. Please enquire with the vendors agents for further information.
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