Sale of historic house set to raise vital funds for NHS

Lyngford House, Taunton

by Alex Cameron

The sale of an historic house in Somerset is set to raise vital funds for the NHS and could see a new lease of life for the Grade II listed property.

The main staircase at Lyngford House, Taunton.

The main staircase at Lyngford House, Taunton.

Lyngford House, in Selworthy Road, Taunton, has stood empty since February 2015 and has been declared surplus to NHS requirements.

NHS Property Services inherited the four-acre site from the former Somerset Primary Care Trust as part of the 2013 health reforms.

The venue was previously used by the NHS as a training and conference centre.

James Wakeham, South Regional Director for NHS Property Services, said: “We know this historic building is important to people in Taunton. Our role is to ensure best value from the sale for the benefit of the NHS and the taxpayer.”

Current planning consent is for hotel usage and it would be for the site’s new owner to decide on its future use.

The site comprises the Grade II listed main building with adjoining cottage and stable block dating from c. 1830, a 1980s purpose-built 18-bedroom hotel block, a detached conference building, parking and grounds.

Inside the Grade II listed property.

Inside the Grade II listed property.

To view details of the property, click here.

The site has been listed as available to other public sector bodies but none have expressed an interest in acquiring the site.

The house was first built in c.1830 for John Roy Allen, a member of a prominent west country family whose relatives lived there for generations.

After the Second World War, the estate was bought by the Taunton and Somerset Hospital and for many years it was due to become the county town’s main hospital before the plan was eventually dropped in the 1970s.

It first became a training venue in the late 1940s.