Lodes Lane, Kingston St Mary, Taunton, Somerset, TA2


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  • Bedrooms: 3
A charming detached Grade II Listed 1550s house - formerly a dovecote, then with a coach house and stable with conversion, in the centre of Kingston St Mary. Adaptable outbuildings, enclosed lawned garden, large attic space for conversion, 3 reception rooms including study/bedroom, kitchen/breakfast room, 2 bedrooms, family bathroom and downstairs cloakroom. Now in need of updating.


Kings Lood is situated in a wonderful village location in the heart of Kingston St Mary. Kings Lood was built in the 1550s as the columbarium (pigeon-loft or dovecote) for the Manor House of Kingston St Mary. Kingston St Mary has a parish Church, village hall, public house, as well as many attractive period properties and is highly desirable due to its proximity to Taunton on the foot of The Quantock Hills. The Quantock Hills is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and are easily accessible for those with walking and riding interest, with miles of footpaths and bridleways that wind through the hillside and the wooded coombes. Taunton, the County Town of Somerset is three miles to the south and provides a more extensive range of local amenities and is highly regarded for its schools, in both the state and private sectors. Taunton has a mainline inter-city railway station, which has frequent services to London Paddington in less than two hours. The M5 motorway at junction 25 is within four miles of the property, providing access to other regional centres.


Kings Lood is a charming detached property, formerly the columbarium (pigeon-loft or dovecote) for the Manor House, in the centre of Kingston St Mary. The house features in The Dovecotes of Historic Somerset by John and Pauline McCann who suggest that there may originally have been 350-380 pigeon nest-holes inside the property and about 104 outside. The property has been owned by the same family for 20 years and is now offered for sale with potential for further improvements. Kings Lood benefits from an adjoining barn, which has further potential for a variety of uses, subject to the necessary planning consents. Kings Lood is constructed of brick and sandstone elevations, beneath a tiled roof and provides spacious, flexible accommodation with many period features - including two tiers of Pigeon nesting holes outside as well as oval shaped flight openings. The property is accessed off the village road via a gravelled driveway, which leads to a parking area with outside buildings and further to the front door.


From the front door, access is gained to the entrance hall. A door leads to the downstairs cloakroom with a low level WC, wash hand basin and fitted cupboard. There is also a larder, which is shelved and includes a cold slab. There are two under stairs and shelved cupboards with ample space for coats and storage. The kitchen breakfast room is a charming room with a range of hand fitted units, inset Belfast sink, a Rayburn set in a recess with a timber mantel piece over and steps leading down to the dining room, which has two windows with window seats overlooking the garden and a corner fireplace with a brick and timber surround. There is a parquet floor, which leads throughout the dining room along a passageway to a study/bedroom with a window to the front, panelled timber walling and piped water for an integral sink. The sitting room is also a fine dual aspect room with parquet flooring, a window seat and a fireplace with an inset wood burning stove with a brick and timber surround.

Stairs lead up from the dining room to the first floor, which has two good sized bedrooms and a family bathroom, with a panelled bath and shower, low level WC and wash hand basin. A door and steps lead up to the second floor, which is currently an attic room but has potential for conversation into bedrooms with dormer windows overlooking the garden, heating fitted and exposed pigeon nest holes and flight holes.


The property benefits from several parking spaces in front of the property and the traditional adjoining stone barn of some 35 Sq. Metres floor area is sub-divided into three rooms, providing a workshop and a store together with a further larger open area, which is highly adaptable but currently used as storage. To the rear of the property there is a covered sitting area, which leads to the lawned and enclosed garden complete with a summer house. There is a small stream that runs along the back of the house, which is a charming feature of the property.


Mains water, mains electricity and mains drainage.

Agents Note

The property is sold with no onward chain.


From Taunton, head in a northerly direction to Kingston St Mary. On entering Kingston St Mary go past the garage on left hand side. Take right hand turn onto Lodes Lane. Follow the wall and turn left into the Manor House where the property can be found at the bottom of the gravelled drive.

These particulars are a guide only and should not be relied upon for any purpose.

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