it's a family affair
Roger Saul purchased the Kilver Court site back in 1996 as the headquarters for his Mulberry empire. The Factory Shop was opened in the Old School House in 1997.
Regeneration, restoration and renewal lie at the heart of everything they do.
"I would like to think that Kilver Court could be the best retail destination of its kind in the country"
Owner and founder
Roger's VisionJust a few years ago Kilver Court was an unused, monolithic Victorian building on the edge of Shepton Mallet; a town with 1 in 4 shops closed on the High Street.
Roger set out with a dream to bring the best designer brands to this small industrial town and create a new Designer Outlet concept that was dedicated to regeneration and recycling.
Now, two years on the Kilver Court Designer Village has become a reality.
The Emporium opened in 2011, housing an eclectic mix of over 20 designer discounted labels. The Outlet Village opened in 2012 with famous designer brands, like Jack Wills, Toast, and L.K. Bennett. This makes a total of 10 shops, two eateries, various event spaces and gardens, completing the first phase in record time!
Stage Two aims to expand the existing village up to 40 shops within the next 5 years and will also include another restaurant, more boutiques and a hotel! The future is going to be exciting, so keep an eye out for our next project!
- The Great House
- The Charlton Viaduct runs through the secret gardens
Rich in historyKilver Court has a fascinating history, rich in industry and innovation. The Great House dates back to the 1500s and the site has been at the centre of the woollen industry, the silk and lace trade and there's almost always been a brewery here too, phew!
In the 1900's it became a model factory with the gardens as a park and recreational space for the workers.
More recently it was owned by the Showering family who made the drink, `Babycham.' In 1996 Roger Saul bought the site, securing its future.
The Great House was renovated and it became the show home for the Mulberry Home collection.
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