Sandhill Park sits in 143 acres of Somerset countryside with views over the Quantock Hills.

The house dates from 1730 and has 19th century extensions. It was built as a private home by John Periam, the MP for Minehead. It was the family seat of the Lethbridge family until 1913 when it was turned into a hospital.

A resolution to grant planning permission has now been agreed for the conversion of the main house and outbuildings into 26 apartments and houses, which would include a range of one to three bedroom units. The resolution also allows for 50 new build houses with two- to five-bedrooms.

Alex Stanford-Tuck a Surveyor in the Knight Frank’s Institutional Consultancy Department says: ‘Sandhill Park represents an exciting and important development opportunity which will draw interest from potential purchasers both locally and nationally. The Grade II* listed mansion house lends itself to a variety of uses for example educational, medical, religious or community uses as well as the residential scheme for which a resolution to grant planning permission has been agreed, subject to the signing of the section 106 agreement.’

Located to the west of the village of Bishops Lydeard, Sandhill Park is convenient for the A358 which gives access to Taunton. The M5 is 6.5 miles away and Taunton has a regular rail service to London Paddington (2hrs).

Knight Frank is quoting a guide price of £2,750,000 for the freehold of the estate with vacant possession.

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  • Tom Fielding

    David Fineberg is a disgrace and the local population hate him.

    He did indeed trick Taunton Deane council and his work spelt the end of any good outcome for this historic house.

    I wonder why, after twenty years of being derelict, some thugs from North Somerset would come all the way to South Somerset to set fire to a derelict property.

    Has the current owner been interviewed by the police?? Strange how now permission has been granted to build all around the house to help pay for the costs of the fire damage.

    Taunton Deane, David Fineberg and the current owner must be interviewed by the police.

  • David Fineberg

    I used to own this property. I bought it for very little so the price may come down. We managed to confuse the local council and built over one hundred houses at the back and then left the house to the weather.

    There is more possibilities to make a lot of money from this house. Build all over the parkland. You won’t be popular for ruining the grounds but we have ruined the house setting so it will all blow over. Good luck to the next buyer.

  • s c

    OK………. this is a very nice place HOWEVER!!!!!!!!!!

    I dont understand why it is nearly 3million? for example old cleeve manor is nearly 2 million and that place is imaculate ( fit for a king ) the interior is almost like dunster castle…….. sandhill is in ruin, full of damp and falling apart!! dont get me wrong it is a nice place and full of potential but 3million??!!!!