Somerset

Disused lodge next to a Bath cemetery sells for £164,000

St James Cemetery Lodge
Image caption St James Cemetery Lodge was expected to sell for £60,000 to £80,000

A lodge house bordering a cemetery with more than 24,000 graves in Bath has been sold for £164,000.

The Grade II listed house, next to St James Cemetery, was sold to a Bristol-based property investor by Bath and North East Somerset (Banes) Council.

Described as having "the most peaceful back garden settings in the country", the two-bedroomed property was expected to fetch between £60,000 to £80,000.

It is understood the buyer intends to renovate the property and let it out.

The cemetery opened in 1861 but closed to new interments in 1937 when burials transferred to Haycombe.

The 150-year-old lodge was originally used by the council superintendent.

Despite being in need of updating, up to 25 buyers bid on the disused property which eventually sold for nearly three times its guide price.

Councillor David Bellotti, from Banes, said the proceeds of the sale would be reinvested into "services for local people".

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