Priory Lodge Drive, Milford Haven


Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 8
This grand home is a Grade II listed building of some historical importance situated in approx 2.1 acres of grounds. Located within Milford Town Centre yet in a tranquil position accessed via a private lane the property is now in need of repair. The potential is clear to see and this magnificent building offers a wide range of uses ranging from a being a magnificent Georgian period family home to a Hotel or Nursing home (subject to the necessary consents). The property was once a thriving business with a club & bar but is now once again a residential property. Due to the sheer size of Priory Lodge this is not a project to be taken lightly but the rewards could be amazing! Please call John Francis on 01646 690096 to discuss this historical property in more detail and to arrange your viewing. STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Priory Lodge

Priory Lodge was built around 1792 on land owned by Sir William Hamilton. Sir William was married to the infamous Lady Emma Hamilton best remembered as the mistress of Lord Horatio Nelson.

Sir William Hamilton's nephew Charles Francis Greville persuaded several Quaker Whaling families to move from their homes in Nova Scotia, Canada and settle in the new town of Milford Haven. One of those Quaker families was the Starbuck's of which the head of the family was one Samuel Starbuck, a whaler of some distinction.

Although the house is only 200 yards from the town centre, it is situated at the end of a secluded road and to the rear, overlooks fields and woods. The detached house stands in approximately 2.1 Acres of grounds and has a large enclosed walled garden with old pear tree, accessible from the rear of the main building.

Priory Lodge is situated at the end of Priory Lodge Drive with a private road leading to the house. There is a large parking and turning area to the front of the house. The gardens have mature cherry, plum, apple and pear trees.

Milford Haven town has a population of approximately 15,000 with a traditional town centre street. There is also a separate retail park with many major retail outlets and a magnificent enclosed marina where there was once a commercial fishing quayside. The new and modern quayside is now populated with a host of cafés, restaurants and smart specialist shops. There is also a ten pin bowling alley called Phoenix Bowl and an indoor play area on the western side of the marina.

The seafaring history of Milford Haven can be seen in the local museum, housed in one of the oldest buildings in the town, the old whale oil storage building which was built in 1797.

The Milford Haven Waterway is located within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park which is Britain's only coastal National Park. Sailing west, the Waterway exists out through the Heads to the scenic Pembrokeshire coast line and the islands of Skomer, Skokholm, Ramsey and Grassholm.

Priory Lodge Information.

Completed in approx l800 as a country house built for Samuel Starbuck Sr, one of the leaders of the Nantucket Quaker whalers invited to settle in Milford by Charles Greville.

Roughcast with slate hipped roof, two storeys and attic, originally with formal 3 window front but extended in later Cl9 by two bays to south, when the roof was probably remodelled losing any cornice or overhanging eaves. Rendered stack on roof slope at original S end, and another at N end. Original part has l2 pane sashes and centre 5 panel door with traceried fanlight in attractive classical door case of two attached Ionic columns with block entablature's and open modillion pediment. Two later C19 gabled dormers.

Added part to left has 5-panel door in crude corniced timber door case, one 12-pane sash to ground floor left and another above. Two-window S end wall. Rear is much added to but arch-headed centre stair light and first floor sash each side survive from original.

Of considerable historical importance as the house built for one of the leaders of the Nantucket whalers who came to found Milford in l792, though probably built after l797. (F Thomas says that the house was built originally for a Captain Bunker.) In Slaters l858-9 Directory it was owned by Gayner Starbuck and Son coal and butter merchants, shipping agents, shipowners and brewers, the brewery being NW of the house on the gasworks site.

References: K D McKay A Vision of Greatness l989. L2, 33, 36, 37, 42, 43.

Flora Thomas The Builders of Milford l920. 36.

Entrance to Priory Lodge

Is via a private lane, gated access and a footpath to the main front door.


Tiled floor.

Entrance Hallway

25'6 x 9'6 Max (7.77m x 2.90m Max)

Under stairs storage.

Drawing Room

18'6 x 14'4 (5.64m x 4.37m)

Sash window to fore, original shutters, radiator, open fireplace, arch to;

Dining Room

14'2 x 13'6 (4.32m x 4.11m)

Double glazed French doors to rear, door with 4 steps down to;

Family Room

29'6 x 15'5 (8.99m x 4.70m)

2 doors to fore, door to rear.

Workshop 1

16'8 x 11'5 (5.08m x 3.48m)

Window to side.

Workshop 2

12'5 x 11'6 (3.78m x 3.51m)

Window to side, plumbing.

Sitting Room

18'6 x 14'5 (5.64m x 4.39m)

Sash window to fore, original shutters, radiator.

Breakfast Room

18'6 x 13'6 (5.64m x 4.11m)

Window to rear.

Reception Room

15'4 x 15'4 (4.67m x 4.67m)

Window to rear, original features, radiator.

Reception Room

15'4 x 10'1 (4.67m x 3.07m)

Window to fore, original shutters, radiator, door to fore.

Staircase to First Floor

19'2 x 9'10 (5.84m x 3.00m)

Large feature window to rear, door to;

Bedroom Hallway

22'5 x 4'1 (6.83m x 1.24m)

Two airing cupboards.

Bedroom 1

11'9 x 11'4 (3.58m x 3.45m)

Window to rear.

Potential Bathroom

8'2 x 4'8 (2.49m x 1.42m)

Plumbing into room, currently unfinished.

Bedroom 2

14'1 x 9'1 (4.29m x 2.77m)

Window to side, wash hand basin.

Bedroom 3

8'7 x 8'4 (2.62m x 2.54m)

Window to side.

Bedroom 4

15'5 x 7'5 (4.70m x 2.26m)

Window to fore.

Bedroom 5

14'6 x 13'5 (4.42m x 4.09m)

Sash window to fore, wash hand basin, radiator.

Bedroom 6

9'9 x 9'7 (2.97m x 2.92m)

Window to fore, original shutters.

Master Suite

Comprising of;

Master Bedroom/Bedroom 7

14'2 x 11'9 (4.32m x 3.58m)

Window to fore, original shutters, radiator, wash hand basin.

Walk-In Wardrobe

En-Suite Shower Room

6'4 x 5'6 (1.93m x 1.68m)

Tiled floor, heated towel rail, shower cubicle, extractor fan.

Bedroom Hallway 2

18'8 x 4'6 (5.69m x 1.37m)

Separate WC

9'3 x 3'6 (2.82m x 1.07m)

Tiled floor, low level W.C, wash hand basin.

Family Bathroom

11'6 x 10'7 (3.51m x 3.23m)

Sash window to side, wash hand basin, bath, low level W.C, airing cupboard, built-in storage.

Bedroom 8

28'4 x 15'7 (8.64m x 4.75m)

Sash window to side, currently in a unfinished state.

Lower Ground Floor

Comprising of;

Cellar Room 1

17'1 x 13'2 (5.21m x 4.01m)


Cellar Room 2

16'3 x 14'1 (4.95m x 4.29m)

Cellar Room 3

16'1 x 15'2 (4.90m x 4.62m)

Open fireplace with stone hearth.

Cellar Room 4

15'1 x 9'4 (4.60m x 2.84m)

Kitchenette, plumbing, telephone point.

Cellar Room 5

15'4 x 15'4 (4.67m x 4.67m)

Vaillant combination boiler, double doors to rear.


Priory Lodge is situated in approximately 2.1 acres of grounds which offer a wide range of features to include extensive off road parking, mature fruit trees, lawned gardens and OUTBUILDINGS. The outbuildings offer potential for further development subject to the necessary planning consents. There are signs of Japanese knotweed at the property with a 10 year treatment plan in place. A copy of the treatment plan is held at the agents office available to view on request. They briefly consist of;

Ruin 1

An old pigshed.

Ruin 2

An old barn.


We are advised that mains services are connected to the property.

Council Tax Band F

Council Tax Band F - £1459.50 Per Annum (2016/17).

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