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Tea rooms at Kilbane's Post Office on market for £695k

By Rebecca Black

A popular Co Down tea room based in an historic post office has been placed on the market.

The Old Post Office in Lisbane, a short distance from Comber, has been operating as an eaterie since 2004.

But now, its husband and wife owners Alison and Trevor Smylie are selling their popular business because they want to retire. It has a guide price of £695,000.

The property dates back to the 1840s and is perhaps remembered by locals as a post office before it was converted into tea rooms and a shop.

Mark Carron of Osborne King said the property went on the market yesterday morning, and that within hours they were receiving inquiries about it.

"We have had inquiries already since it went out there this morning," he said.

"It's an interesting property, full of character. The owners have run it since the early 2000s, now they are at an age when they want to move on," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"Currently, they don't open on Sundays or in the evenings. The property sits on a good site and there is potential there for development of the business to evenings and Sundays, and maybe even becoming a restaurant.

"It's a good freehold opportunity for someone out there looking for a foothold in the market, so let's see what develops over the next number of months."

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