This unique cottage from the 1800s used to be a post office and would have been part of the social centre of the town.

The Old Post Office, in Down St Mary, is described by Historic England as a Tudor Gothic cottage, and was built in the 1870s, backing onto the village’s churchyard.

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The original period fireplace in the sitting room. (Stags Exeter )

The cottage is Grade II listed and has retained some impressive period features, such as a curving bay window, an original fireplace and a hipped roof.

The property also features ornamental sgraffito plasterwork - a method in which different colours of plaster are layered together, with this cottage and its adjoining row being the only domestic example in Devon from the time period.

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The former post office’s kitchen/dining room. (Stags Exeter)

Inside, there is a kitchen/dining toom, a family room, and a sitting room on the ground floor, with three bedrooms and a family bathroom upstairs.

Outdoors is a paved sun terrace, a vegetable bed, a raised lawn and a wooden shed.

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The sun terrace and vegetable bed (cat not included in sale). (Stags Exeter)

The property is being marketed by Stags Exeter, who have it listed at a price of £295,000.

The estate agent commented: “The Old Post Office is a delightful Grade II listed semi-detached cottage.

“The property provides accommodation over two floors with a generous ground floor with kitchen/dining room, family room and cosy sitting room with period fireplace.

“The first floor provides three bedrooms and a family bathroom. To the side and rear of the property is a delightful paved sun terrace and garden, both of which enjoy far-reaching rural views.”