The land forms part of the parkland to Sandhill Park, a former mansion house located between Bishops Lydeard and Ash Priors. The land is divided between two mature woodland enclosures together with two attractive enclosures of parkland, one of which includes a pond and restored lake. The land extends in all to about 93.46 acres and is offered for sale by private treaty as a whole or in up to four separate lots, all with the benefit of access via the established access drive.
Sandhill Park, originally known as Hill House, was built in 1720 by John Periam. On his death in 1755, the estate passed to the Lethbridge family. The parkland was improved and extended by Sir Thomas Buckler Lethbridge and this included the construction of several lakes in the early 1800s. As part of this work a new driveway was constructed, running from the lodge on the south eastern boundary, crossing the lake over a new ornamental bridge. However, when the Great Western Railway was constructed in the 1860s, this separated the eastern lodge from the main house. As a result, a new driveway from Greenway Lodge to the south was constructed, and the south eastern drive and ornamental bridge became redundant and fell into disrepair. Given the historic importance of the ornamental bridge, there may be potential for the renovation of the bridge, adjoining pond and woodland, in conjunction with enabling some further development within lot 3, as referred to below. The house, together with the remainder of its parkland, was purchased by Somerset County Council in 1919, which lead to occupation for a number of healthcare uses until its subsequent sale out of public ownership in 1992. In August 2013 permission was granted for the redevelopment of Sandhill Park, including the restoration of the parkland and ponds, which are now offered for sale following completion of the development and associated works.
The land is offered for sale by private treaty, both as a whole and in up to four separate lots as follows:
Lot 1: 52 acres of parkland and lake:
Lot 1 comprises an attractive enclosure of gently sloping parkland which includes a large restored lake and attractive ponds, together with numerous mature specimen trees. Access is via the drive which runs along the eastern boundary of the land. The land is well suited to service a number of agricultural, equestrian and amenity uses.
Lot 2: 12.77 acres of parkland
Lot 2 comprises a further attractive enclosure of generally level parkland to the east of Lot 1. Access is via the drive which runs along the western boundary of the land. Again, the land is well suited to service a number of agricultural, equestrian and amenity uses.
Lot 3: 22.02 acres of woodland, former lake and causeway with ornamental bridge
Lot 3 comprises the eastern side of Greenway Wood and includes the former drive and ornamental bridge over the lake. Given the historic importance of the ornamental bridge, there may be potential for the renovation of the bridge, adjoining pond and woodland, in conjunction with enabling some further residential development on the land.
Lot 4: 6.67 acres of woodland
Lot 4 comprises a single enclosure of woodland, being the western side of Greenway Wood. This includes a mixture of species including oak, ash and beech. Access is via the driveway which runs to the east of the woodland.
The land is offered for sale with the benefit of a right of way for all purposes over the existing tarmacadam driveway running from the council maintained road to the south.
The successful purchaser(s) of Lots 1 and 2 will be required to erect a new wrought iron boundary fence along to the parkland boundary with the driveway and the retained land to the north.
Health and Safety
Potential purchasers are requested to take particular care when inspecting the property and should bear in mind the risks associated with the ponds and lakes on the property, not venturing close to the edges due to the risk of falling into the water. Potential purchasers should also be conscious of the risk of sudden movements from livestock and machinery which may be present and operating at the property at the time of inspection. Potential purchasers are requested to wear supportive footwear for viewings, and are advised to be conscious of potentially uneven and slippery ground surfaces.
The vendor has opted to tax in respect of the land and VAT at the prevailing rate will therefore be payable on the purchase price.
There is a mains water supply crossing the land. The successful purchasers will therefore be able to make their own connections to this supply as they require, for which quotations have been obtained.
The parkland is designated as wood-pasture and parkland whilst the woodland is priority habitat deciduous woodland. The trees are subject to tree preservation orders (TPOs).
There is a former pump house adjoining the restored pond which now comprises a bat roost. In addition, a number of bat and bird boxes have been attached to the trees within the parkland as part of the planning permission for the development.
The freehold of the land is offered for sale with vacant possession available upon completion.
Rights of Way
There is a footpath which runs along the northern end of Lot 3. There is a right of way in favour of the solar farm located to the east of the land.
Lot 1: 52 acres of parkland: £350,000.
Lot 2: 12.77 acres of parkland: £100,000.
Lot 3: 22.02 acres of woodland, pond and former causeway with ornamental bridge: £110,000.
Lot 4: 6.90 acres of woodland: £40,000.
Following the A358 from Taunton to Minehead road, turn left at the new roundabout signed to Greenway, Ash Priors and Halse. Pass over the railway bridge and then take the second right signed South Drive (a no-through road). Pass the houses and the woodland will be found on either side of the driveway, with the parkland found further along the driveway, with reference to the enclosed plan.