Something to write home about...
If you’re a fan of conversions, The Post House in Kingussie will definitely receive the stamp of approval! This unique property was converted in the late 90s from the original Post Office in a traditional Highland village within the Cairngorms National Park and is now for sale.
The Post House is a delightful stone-faced property still retaining many of the period features from the original post office which dates back to 1909. The current owners Addy and Helen Graham poured much love and attention into the property’s conversion after they bought it back in 1996.
The Grahams ensured that they created an outstanding family home with additional accommodation which they have successful utilised as a holiday letting business – with the unusual property attracting visitors such as the production crew of BBC series ‘Monarch of the Glen’.
The Post House benefits from high quality insulation throughout while retaining many original features which echo its previous use and long history. The former sorting room is now the magnificent open plan sitting room and dining room and the focal point of the main house. There are a number of further rooms leading off from the sitting room including a TV room, the kitchen/breakfast room and five bedrooms; with a sixth bedroom located on the first floor.
This first class property affords further versatility in its Studio and Annex which currently provides owner accommodation with an open plan sitting/dining room, two bedrooms and an additional self-contained studio bedsit. This versatility and the property’s numerous residential and business opportunities were obvious to the Grahams as soon as they viewed it.
Helen said: “We bought the Post Office complete with a counter and glass partition in the entrance hall, postmen’s bikes propped against the walls and jackets left hanging up!
“When planning the conversion we tried to retain as much of the original layout and as many of the unique features as possible. The wooden floors are all original, including a few marks from post office wear and tear! All the windows also date back to when the building was built in 1909, as do the butlers sink in the utility room and the copper parcel flap in the front hall.
“We’ve had many lively gatherings and parties in the Post House over the years and it is certainly with a tinge of regret that we have decided to sell it, but it’s time for us to move on and pass this wonderful property onto new owners to enjoy.”
Phiddy Robertson, handling the sale from CKD Galbraith’s Inverness office, said: “Kingussie is a popular and picturesque village only 14 miles from Aviemore and 42 miles from the city of Inverness. There are an excellent range of shops, restaurants and art galleries and a main line railway station with direct links to London.
“The Post House is a fantastic property in a prime rural location. The surrounding countryside varies from moorland to mountains, to lush glens and beautiful lochs. There so much to keep you amused in the region including; hill climbing, cycling, sailing and watersports, shooting and salmon fishing. The Aviemore ski centre is nearby and Kingussie and Newtonmore both have excellent 19 hole golf courses. The property is a brilliant business opportunity for those looking to relocate to the country or for a change of lifestyle –it really delivers!
The Post House is available for offers over £450,000.