Life­style prop­erty lets you work, rest and play all un­der one roof

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale Raines of Helperby, near Bor­ough­bridge. Price: £580,000. Contact: Buchanan Mitchell, tel. 01423 360055, www.buchanan­mitchell.com

THOSE look­ing for a live-in work op­por­tu­nity could be tempted by this multi-func­tional prop­erty in the pretty vil­lage of Helperby.

Raines in­cludes a fully li­censed deli, vil­lage shop, take­away, tea­room and gift shop, plus a post of­fice that pro­vides an in­come of £15,600 per year.

The house also comes with liv­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion stretch­ing over two floors and there is a large gar­den at the rear.

Own­ers Gra­ham and Heather Raine bought what was the vil­lage post of­fice four years ago and have max­imised its po­ten­tial.

Heather says: “We wanted a new chal­lenge and some­thing that would fit in bet­ter with young chil­dren. We were hote­liers and had run pubs and ho­tels be­fore but we needed some­thing with more so­cia­ble hours.”

The cou­ple, who have two chil­dren, Macy, 10, and Ruby, seven, were keen to cap­i­talise on Gra­ham’s skills as a chef and so they made some of the ground­floor liv­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion into space for the tea­room, deli, take­away and gift shop.

They also trans­ferred the sort­ing of­fice to the vil­lage hall, which made room for a cater­ing kitchen.

The enor­mous three-room cel­lar was tanked and now pro­vides space for their stock.

The liv­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion in­cludes a kitchen, din­ing room and cloak­room on the ground floor and a sit­ting room, bath­room, shower room and four bed­rooms on the first floor.

Out­side, there is a large lawned gar­den and park­ing.

Hav­ing built up the busi­ness, which em­ploys a man­ager and two part-time staff and is open from 8am – 6pm Mon­day to Satur­day, the cou­ple are sell­ing up to move back to the ho­tel/ pub trade.

“We love what we have here. It’s a lovely vil­lage and it is near sev­eral in­de­pen­dent schools and so foot­fall is good with lots of mums pass­ing and com­ing in for cof­fee, food and gifts.

“We stock Emma Bridgewater, which is a best-seller, and we’ve also started sell­ing clothes too. Ba­si­cally we do a bit of ev­ery­thing.

“There is still po­ten­tial too. The gar­den is so big we think it would be great for out­side events,” says Heather, adding: “Gra­ham is keen to get back into cheff­ing on a larger scale again now the chil­dren are older and so that is why we are sell­ing. We are plan­ning to stay in the area though be­cause the chil­dren are at school nearby.”

Georgina Buch­nan, of Buchanan Mitchell, says: “Raines is a fan­tas­tic life­style prop­erty and it would also suit many other uses, sub­ject to the nec­es­sary plan­ning con­sents, giv­ing prospec­tive pur­chasers the flex­i­bil­ity to di­ver­sify if they want to.”

Helperby is five miles from Bor­ough­bridge and six miles from Eas­ing­wold and has a pri­mary school, doc­tor’s surgery, lo­cal shops, pub­lic house/ res­tau­rant, church, vil­lage hall and recre­ational clubs.

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