The Old Post Office in Horrabridge is is up for sale, offering potential for development in the heart of the village.
Behind the abandoned shop front is quite a large collection of rooms and cellars which have been in use as a family home, accessed from the lane at the back of the premises, for the past five years. It last changed hands after the Post Office stopped wanting it and the last postmasters moved out, about six years ago.
The neglected frontage is only the tip of a historically interesting corner …
The PO had a sorting office for the area in there for many years. And before it was an important post office, it was a pub and hotel called The White Hart, up to about 1904.
The extensive cellarage was probably once used as stabling for travellers’ horses. There are five linked cellars, built with drainage for any occasional flooding – although the current occupants have not seen any in their five years.
There is also a large attic, as well as five bedrooms, three living rooms, shop, office and sorting room.
The building might well have started out as two barns knocked together but has been developed by patchwork for so long it is hard to give it a birth date. One feature is a well, going down to the water table at river level, which has been revived to pump water to the bathroom.
Decorating is required to finish off the renovation work started by the current owners but they have made the building rain-tight and solid and fitted a smart heating system. A high-quality Esse range in the dining room, used for cooking and hot water, feeds its surplus heat into a “thermal store” for distribution around the rest of the house via computerised controls.
The old sump and drains for flood water have been restored and have so far kept the cellars dry in all conditions, as they were designed to do.
The estate agent sums the property up as “a spacious three storey property, in need of update and improvement, in the heart of this popular village.”
To open negotiations, informal bids starting around £199,000 are invited for a deadline of August 9. Mansbridge & Balment at Yelverton are handling the sale.
Their man Dan Bryant, a former Horrabridger, said today: “The property comes with A1 clearance for commercial use, which is pretty broad, because of its history. There has also been permission granted for conversion to two maisonettes and a lock-up shop, although that is currently expired. One way and another it is a rare and interesting opportunity.”
Interesting loft space is one of the hidden features …
COMING UP …
Friday July 26:
Rock Inn opens its annual Rock Fest weekend with live band Gemini.
Saturday July 27:
Folk and comedy at the Leaping Salmon from Nigel Clatworthy, 9-11 – guitar, mandolin and voice from Plymouth. Sample him at the link below …
(and hang on until he gets em going on Nobby Clark).
The Rock Inn has Scandi country goths Baskery – had an American and European hit with Haunt You: hear it
Lots of old boats and engines in Calstock for a Heritage Weekend.
Street food festival in Tavistock, 4-8.
Summer Fair Day at Dartmoor Zoo.
Dartmoor National Park Fair at Princetown.
Sunday July 28:
Wednesday July 31:
Thursday August 1:
Lindisfarne in Sidmouth, warming up for Folk Week – which will also include Ralph McTell, Richard Thompson and some of the Lakeman clan.
Next Saturday, August 3:
Radio Walkham’s Party In The Park, showcasing Plymouth and local musicians, is on from noon to early evening in Weir Park, Horrabridge. For the poster for this and other local events check our POSTBOARD
- Further ahead, outdoor theatre fans might be interested in an ambitious effort to stage Lorna Doone in Exmoor’s Valley Of The Rocks, near Lynton, last 10 days in August. Look up Pleasure Dome Theatre or find the details, and more what’s on, at WHATSONROUNDYER
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