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