Myself and Ste's first home in fact, and the reason why I have not posted on here for sooo long!
We've actually been running the Post Office and shop for over 4 years now but we never thought we would get the opportunity to buy it. We completed on Monday! :-)
For the past few months all our time has gone into the business. We have bought new equipment which has allowed us to introduce new products including lots of local cakes, pies, meats and other tasty things and essentials. Its all been VERY exciting, not good for the diet...but very exciting!
The building has been in Ste's family since 1979 but was first built in 1810 and as far as I know, has always been a Post Office and General Store. I have been told that the upstairs was used as a store for corn and for hay. The horse and cart would back into the garage and then they would pull the bales up through a trap door which is now in our living room! As for other original features, there are very few upstairs but who knows what we will uncover when we start to decorate.
Our plans are to make it look like it does in this old photograph and to turn the garage into another business. We think something illustration focused would be just spiffing...