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St Gildas Convent, The Hill, Langport, Somerset, TA10


Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 7
A substantial former convent building with planning permission for conversion to a large town house offering 6/7 bedrooms and up to 6 reception rooms. 2 parking spaces and detached garden. EPC Band TBC.


Occupying a highly desirable position opposite a stunning Grade I Listed church on The Hill in Langport, Gabriel Deshayes House is part of the former St Gilda's Convent, which has now been divided into 5 unique residential properties. Named in honour of the founder of the Sisters of St Gildas, this property formed a significant portion of the original convent and as such benefits from a wealth of period features throughout. The property also has a number of historical tales to tell, including visits from Mother Teresa; on the first floor of Gabriel Deshayes House is one of the bedrooms used by the now saint during her time there. Before the property came into the ownership of the Sisters in 1903 it belonged to Vincent Stuckey, a renowned banker local to Langport who throughout his life formed a close relationship with Walter Bagehot, another local figure from the late 19th century, who is most famous for his role as Editor-in-Chief of The Economist.

Serving the Langport area as a school until the mid 1990s, and thereafter a religious retreat, the property's use has now been changed to residential and works have been undertaken to improve the fabric of the building, including attention to the roof, internal re-modelling and the conversion of the oil- fired central heating system to mains gas. The property now requires a sympathetic programme of renovation to restore it to it's former glory and capitalise on the wonderful historical features and hugely versatile rooms, with a wealth of opportunities to create a fantastic family town-house, or even to split the property into two smaller, but still spacious and well proportioned homes, subject to any relevant consents.

At present, the property is laid out to include 15 bedrooms and several bathrooms, but the plans give consent to create a large home providing 6-7 bedrooms, many with en suite bathrooms, up to 6 reception/recreation rooms, an enormous kitchen, pantry, boot room and utility room arranged over 3 floors, with scope to alter the purpose of various rooms to provide different orientations of the accommodation if desired.


Gabriel Deshayes House benefits from two allocated parking spaces within a shared courtyard, and there is also a detached garden located a short walk from the property which is currently laid to lawn but offers great potential for landscaping if desired.


Plans relating to the property can be found on the South Somerset District Council website, planning reference number: 17/00135/FUL. Please note that these plans relate to the entirety of the Convent site, for which planning permission has been granted for conversion to 5 dwellings, so some documents are not relevant to Gabriel Deshayes House.


The property is situated in a Conservation Area within walking distance of the town centre of Langport; a picturesque market town with a healthy range of amenities including a variety of independent retailers, health care facilities, restaurants, cafes and pubs. The large towns of Yeovil and Taunton are both within an easy commute, where there are broad ranges of businesses, out-of-town and high street retail options and leisure opportunities.


Transport links are good with the A303 within easy reach and the nearest motorway junction at Taunton (J25 of the M5). Mainline stations in Yeovil and Taunton, as well as smaller towns nearby such as Crewkerne and Castle Cary, offer regular services to a variety of destinations, including a choice of London stations (Waterloo from Yeovil and Crewkerne, Paddington from Taunton and Castle Cary).


Education is well catered for in the area with a selection of highly reputed state and independent schools for children of all ages within easy reach including Taunton Schools, Sherborne Schools, Hazelgrove and Millfield at Street.


All mains services present.


Strictly by appointment with the vendors' selling agents, Messrs. Stags, Yeovil Office, telephone 01935 475000.


From the A303 follow the A372 towards Langport and turn left on the sharp lend hand bend in Huish Episcopi by St Mary's Church. Continue along this road and shortly after passing through the archway, known as The Hanging Chapel, turn right opposite All Saint's church. The gates to the Convent complex, in which the property can easily be identified, are at the end of this lane.

These particulars are a guide only and should not be relied upon for any purpose.

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