WINE sellers who “lived the dream” by growing their shop over the space of 20 years have put their business on the market with an asking price of £1.5 million.

Anthony and Janet Borges have owned and operated The Wine Centre, in Great Horkesley, since 1999, living in an adjoining Georgian country home.

The centre stocks more than 500 wines from around the world, alongside champagnes, spirits, liqueurs, beers, ciders and soft drinks.

It also offers deli foods, cheeses, hampers and wine gifts, with the couple growing the business into a multi-award winning operation.

However, the pair recently decided retirement beckons.

“It has been like living the dream for us,” said Anthony.

“Wine has always been my passion, and working with wine here has been an absolute joy.

“It has also presented us with many opportunities over the years.

“We have been lucky enough to travel to some beautiful places, to the vineyards of Europe, New Zealand, South Africa and Chile.

“We have also met most of our friends through the business with our wine-tastings and dinners.”

Janet added The Gift Room to the business, trading fashion and jewellery by utilising part of the house.

Both the house and the centre, which comprises a timbre-framed Grade II listed building dating back more than 100 years, are now on sale.

Property adviser Christie and Co said the centre was first established in 1963 and boasts a loyal customer base.

The firm described the sale as a “fantastic opportunity” for someone looking for a lifestyle business without “having to compromise” on accommodation.

Adam Sellers, senior retail agent, said: “I am pleased to be bringing to market such a well renowned business.

“The Wine Centre is a huge asset to Great Horkesley.”

Anthony added: “Due to Covid-19 we see a lot of people migrating from London to Essex looking for a lifestyle change.

“We feel it’s the turn of someone new to take the helm, someone with fresh ideas.

"We like to think what we have built up over all these years will be carried on, though no doubt the new patrons will want to make their own mark.”

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