Park Lodge is an interesting property – it was formerly inside the curtilage of a mediaeval deer park until 1969 when it was severed from Grade I listed building Coker Court, and outside the East Coker Conservation Area boundary. Park Lodge dates from the turn of the century and embodies features typical of an estate cottage, with Staffordshire blue brick dressings to the coursed Inferior Oolite rubble stone walls, flat arches with keystone details to window and doors openings, ornate ridge tiles to the dormer, substantial decorative chimneys and characteristic multi-paned casements and metal rainwater goods.
The brief required the cladding of inappropriate later rangework extensions and the completion of the house with a further range to provide a 4 bedroom house with a large open plan south facing kitchen/ family room opening onto the long, garden with views over the valley towards the Grade II listed mill.
The application was delayed by the pandemic because access for the bat survey was seriously delayed until access could be arranged. We were delighted to receive approval from South Somerset some 8 months later.