Historic south Wales kennels lodge isn’t deer at half a million pounds

A sprawling and dilapidated  former country lodge with an intriguing historic link to Lord Tredegar’s former south Wales estate sold at auction for more than half a million pounds.

Detached Deer Park House, located in the centre of its own grounds, is reputed to have been the former park lodge and kennels serving nearby Tredegar House and park, attracted 92 bids at the Paul Fosh Auctions online sale.

The spacious, four bed  property, with grounds of some 1.2 acres, on Deer Park Lane, Bassaleg, saw five bidders vying to secure the unique property before eventually selling for £531,000.

The overgrown and neglected historic building, which was listed with a guide price of £400,000,  is situated within the recently constructed Redrow development at Bassaleg, on the west edge of the Newport.

Sean Roper, of Paul Fosh Auctions, delighted with the outcome of the sale, said: “The house is understood to be the former Park Lodge and Kennels of Tredegar Park and was occupied until a few years ago before becoming vacant during the redevelopment of the surrounding land.

“It offers a tantalizing link to Newport’s past and is steeped in history. The massive oak beams in the roof give an idea of the stature of the building. One can only imagine how commanding the property once when it was an integral part of the Tredegar estate and its rambling, majestic grounds.

“There is some fascinating, dated, graffiti,  left by what one presumes were roofers working on the rafters in the eaves of the lodge,  at the turn of the last century.

“The accommodation currently comprises four double bedrooms, two further loft rooms, three reception rooms. It  offers the potential for a unique redevelopment project in a sought after and accessible location.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for someone with vision to acquire a substantial detached residence set in approximately 1.12 acres (0.45ha) which also benefits from two 2 double block garages. The property and the garages require full renovation but offer huge potential for either refurbishment as one large family dwelling or conversion to flats (subject to necessary planning consents).”

The next Paul Fosh Auctions online sale starts at 11am on Tuesday, September 7 and ends from 5pm on Thursday, September 9.