One of the best-located detached houses in Penarth, with sweeping views over the Esplanade, the Pier and the Bristol Channel and surrounded by immaculately-kept lawns and stunning flower beds, may be coming on the market soon.
It’s South Lodge at the entrance to Windsor Gardens, adjacent to the Holm House Hotel.
The house was originally built as a park keeper’ s lodge and is now used partly as crew rooms for Vale of Glamorgan Council Park staff and by the local history society
In an internal council report the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s ruling ‘cabinet’ is being recommended to “consider options” for the future of South Lodge. It’s proposed to begin discussions with the Vale’s Director of Visible Services and Housing “at the earliest opportunity” to “identify potential opportunities for this asset” .
The two-bedroom Edwardian house stands at the southernmost entrance to Windsor Gardens and – like many houses of the era – has “rooms within rooms” and might require substantial internal re-configuration and updating by anyone who acquires it – but the property is said to be well maintained and perfectly sound.
A further report is to be presented to the Vale Council ‘cabinet’ in due course . The other lodges – originally built for park staff and their families – have already been sold off.
Some people may well argue that the cash-strapped Vale of Glamorgan Council has no right to sell-off assets which were originally gifted to the town of Penarth by Plymouth Estates.
The four and a half acres of Windsor Gardens, the bandstand and the North and South lodges were given to Penarth Urban District Council for the benefit of the town by Plymouth Estates – who had developed it in the first place.
Local control of Penarth was lost in the 1974 reorganisation of local government in which the old – and much-respected – Penarth Urban District Council (under whose emblem the current emasculated Penarth Town Council still operates) was wound up and taken over by the newly-created South Glamorgan Council.
The South Glamorgan Council didn’t last long. It disappeared in April 1996 in a second re-organisation which brought the Vale of Glamorgan County Borough Council into being.
Consultants JLL have also proposed that the Vale Council should sell-off the entire portfolio of shops that it owns – but the council has decided this is not a priority as the shops – many of which are in local seaside locations in the Vale – “serve an important purpose in local communities and economies” .
The Vale Council is also considering what to do with three farms that it owns and further tracts of grazing and agricultural land.