For Sale

General Store/Post Office & A Large 4 bed House Attached

Penrith, Cumbria

£464,995 +SAV

Ref: 14875

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Chloe Bootham


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Hilton Smythe are delighted to offer to the Orton Village store, a well presented general store with post office and a large 4 bed house attached. Orton Village store was built in the 17th century and is very well known in the area.

Our clients took over 13 years ago and have really enjoyed the lifestyle of running the shop, during their time running the shop they have also built up an excellent rapport with the locals and enjoy taking part in the annual Scarecrow competition on Whitsun weekend to raise funds for All Saints Church. As their children are now grown up they are looking to downsize.

The 4-bedroom house attached to the shop is extremely well presented throughout, comprising of a modern farmhouse style kitchen, 2 large lounge areas with bay windows and log fires, 2 double bedrooms, 1 single bedroom, bathroom, office and master bedroom with en-suite. The building also has an outbuilding used as storage, double garage. a huge back garden with veg patches, a greenhouse, sun terrace, patio and car parking space for around 5 cars.

The shop currently sells freshly made sandwiches (prepared in the shop kitchen), alcohol, cheeses, sweets, drinks, fresh fruit, newspapers and magazines etc. Orton Village Store & Post Office was awarded a Food Hygiene Rating of 5 by Eden District Council on 22nd January, 2018

There is also a community post office booth generating an income of £11,000 per year, open on a part time basis only.

The Current owners have 13 years of experience in running the business and are offering a hand over period to introduce the new owner to regulars and show them the day to day running of the business.

There is scope to improve the already thriving turnover such as pushing the outside catering side, using social media, advertising and leaflet dropping, offering a delivery service to neighboring villages, extending opening hours.

There are many options to be considered with this property, for example running a bed and breakfast, converting the garage and storage outbuilding into holiday lets etc. The village is named as a stop off point for the coast to coast walkers guide.

There is also the potential to split the business off from the house as they both have their own entrances as well as internal access. So, would be suitable to rent out separately.

This is an excellent opportunity in such a sought for area. Early viewing is highly recommended and by appointment only.



We are advised the premises is freehold.


Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 12:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 12:00


The business is currently owner ran with help from 3-part time staff who are self-employed.

Financial Profile

The accounts for 2017 show a turnover of £220,000 with a gross profit of £53,270


The business is situated in Orton surrounded by a wealth of natural beauty. Orton is a village and civil parish in Cumbria. It lies 15 miles (24 km) south of Penrith, Cumbria, 8 miles (13 km) from Appleby-in-Westmorland and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the M6 motorway, near to the Lake District.

It is set at the foot of Orton Scar in the upper Lune Valley. Just a few miles over the Scar is the Eden valley. Historically it was part of the county of Westmorland but is now in the Eden District of Cumbria.

Orton has many 17th and 18th-century cottages. Most of these traditional cottages are either stone faced or whitewashed. Other features are the 13th-century All Saints Church, a Methodist chapel, a primary school, a pub called the George Hotel, and a small, widely known handmade chocolate factory, a village tearoom.


The property is well presented inside and out and benefits from ample street parking, as well as having 5 private car parking spaces.

Ground floor

Shop floor comprising of ample shelving, confectionary stands, large double freezer, tall chiller, newspaper stands, magazine racks, post office counter, central display units, till and over counter chiller.

Behind the counter leads through to the storage room which has perimeter shelving, leading through to the shop kitchen area which has a 5-star hygiene rating and contains a meat Slicer, Dish washer, Oven and hob, Fridge, Storage and Stainless-steel sink.

The back passage and sorting area lead to the house kitchen which contains Stainless-steel sink, 7 hob range cooker and hood and fridge. The back passage also leads to:
Double Garage
Large storage building
Large garden including 4 veg plots, sun terrace, patio and greenhouses.

1st Floor

2 double bedrooms
1 single bedroom
1 master bedroom with en-suite.
Family bathroom containing: Towel heater, sink, toilet, free standing bath, large storage cupboard and large shower

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