An exquisitely renovated property set in the heart of a sought-after Somerset village.

Spotted by a renowned interior designer, this ancient house was in a state of dilapidation having been used for many years as a gift shop. Over a 16-month period of renovation in 2018/19 including acquisition of land at the rear to form a private courtyard garden, No. 17 has been completed to the highest specification and modern standards. As part of the exterior renovation, the street elevation was carefully cleaned using a chemical-free method to reveal the beautiful ham stonework; the pavement and steps have been reconstructed using original materials, the guttering replaced and the roof removed, renovated and replaced with mostly the original tiles. The house benefits from new foundations, damp proofing, gas central heating (with underfloor heating throughout the ground floor), a solar hot water system, plumbing, drainage, gas and electrical installations with extravagant lighting circuits to allow a range of different effects throughout. Both the house and garden are fully hard wired for WIFI and have a newly installed Security System as well as Hive remote heating and lighting controls. Bespoke, hand-made wooden double glazed windows have been fitted and there is porcelain flooring throughout the ground floor and bathroom.

An entrance lobby leads to the dining room, featuring full-height bespoke double French windows and concealed wall-to-wall cupboards with a frieze frontage. This room has permission for use as a shop should the new owner wish to trade from the property. Glazed double doors from the dining room lead through to a generous snug with a log burner, bespoke staircase with ornate finials and access to a cloakroom. The kitchen/breakfast room features a range of bespoke units, complemented by a unique hand-painted island unit. The island unit is complete with Siemens 5 burner gas hob and other Siemens appliances including a convection oven, steam oven and warming drawer. Other appliances include an inset sink unit with waste disposal, a fully-integrated larder fridge, separate freezer and two SMEG dishwashers; ideal for people who love to entertain. A particular feature of the kitchen is the gothic ham stone arched window which peeps into adjacent greenery and bespoke glazed doors opening onto a unique tiny courtyard. From the kitchen, a set of teak handmade ship’s lockers form steps with concealed storage to a passage which leads to the superbly-appointed rear courtyard garden.

On the first floor the part-galleried landing has a peep hole window with glimpses to the church, together with two sets of illuminated bespoke mirrored-fronted wardrobes. There is a master bedroom with a vaulted ceiling, as well as bedroom 2/drawing room, with an ornate hand-painted wooden fireplace with a gas coal-effect fire and a mount for a painting above which slides to reveal a concealed television. The exquisite shower room features two separate shower cubicles, each with a rain shower, hand shower and illuminated pocket shelf for toiletries; plus a double Venetian-style mirrored vanity unit with marble top, electric underfloor heating and a discreetly-hidden laundry cupboard.

A loft hatch reveals a set of electric automatic steps to the fully-boarded and painted attic, providing storage, and suitable for a variety of uses including potential conversion to further accommodation (STP).


Hidden away in the centre of the village, the property’s quirky Morocco-inspired courtyard overlooks the famous octagonal church tower and benefits from south-facing privacy, a gas log fire, a covered loggia with wall heaters for year-round use and numerous lighting circuits to create a range of ambience for different moments and occasions.


Granted a Market Charter by King John in 1213, the historic village of South Petherton offers a good selection of day-to-day facilities including boutique stores, a butcher, bakery, greengrocer, wine merchant, pharmacy, newsagent and Post Office. The village has an active community spirit and welcomes a revived annual Folk Festival and other local events throughout the year offering a variety of music, arts and culture. Yeovil to the east or the county town of Taunton to the west both offer a wider selection of shopping and recreational facilities.

Communication links to the area are good, with the A303 providing links to the A30 and to the M5 at Junction 25. Mainline stations at Castle Cary, Yeovil and Taunton offer regular services to central London (less than two hours from Castle Cary) and Exeter Airport has a growing number of national and international flights, including daily flights to London City Airport.


Follow the A303 to Southfields Roundabout and take the 3rd exit onto Ilminster Bypass to stay on A303 and follow this road for 6.4 miles. At Hayes End Roundabout take the 1st exit onto Hayes End and after 0.4 miles at the roundabout take the 1st exit onto Harvey’s Road and continue straight onto St. James’s Street. The property can be found ahead.

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  • Exquisite presentation
  • Morocco-inspired courtyard garden
  • Church views
  • Highly sought after village location

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St. James Street South Petherton Somerset TA13

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Ref: EXE200065

St. James Street South Petherton Somerset TA13

Guide Price