A Lake District community is desperately trying to find a buyer for its post office and shop.
Residents in Patterdale village are concerned that if the premises isn’t bought soon the business will close and the building will be sold as a residential property.
Patterdale Village Store has always been a strong part of the community and was reportedly the first shop to sell Wainwrights guide books back in 1955.
Providing vital rural services, it is seen by many as community hub and if it closes the nearest post office will be around 10 miles away.
Many members of the community have come to the realisation that with property prices in the area sky rocketing and an increase in people wanting to move from the city to the country, the property may sell easier as a house, hence the business closing.
Owner of Catsycam Outdoor Shop in Glenridding, Andrew Leverick, 49, said: “It’s a real shame that no one has taken up Patterdale Post Office yet and it looks like it will be shutting.
“I keep thinking there must be someone who it would be perfect for. We have a fantastic community round here and a great quality of life.
“Whoever took it over would be a part of this lovely community straight away and get to enjoy all the benefits of country living.
“And it’s where I post all our mail order from Catstycam.com and people love the connection with supporting independent rural businesses.
“It is a real shame but I understand why the couple who run it are doing this.
“I just hope someone can take this opportunity and improve their lives and help to keep rural communities alive.”
The iconic traditional stone-built shop could also be turned into a three bedroom house.
As a business, it has traded as a convenience store and post office offering a range of confectionery, newspapers, magazines, tobacco, wines, beers and spirits, groceries, gifts, ice cream, cards, toiletries, walking & camping equipment, maps, home-made bread, sandwiches and hot drinks.
Over the years, it has benefited not only from loyalty from the locals but also from the tourist trade.
In a prime location, it sees many walkers on the coast to coast walk and the Ullswater Way and has offered services including maps, t-shirts and route advice.
In terms of the property itself, The building is a traditional Lakeland stone building with pitched slate tiled roofs with the shop, spacious three bedroom owner’s accommodation and a rear terrace garden.
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