English Homes is an award-winning, fresh and modern independent estate agency and property management company, which brings a proactive and energetic approach to the buying, selling and letting of property in Somerset.

As an independent agent, our ethos is to go above and beyond the service offered by our competitors. We provide a customer experience which sets us very much apart. As a result, as soon as you register your requirements with us, we go that extra mile on your behalf.

As we are not tied by corporate constraints, our bespoke services are created with you in mind. We never forget that the most important link in the chain is you, and work diligently to make sure we guide, support and communicate with you throughout the selling, buying and letting process from the very beginning right up until you have moved in and even then we are still happy to help with any questions you may have about your new home. By putting people first, we ensure more property transactions are successful by keeping the process on track at all times. Whatever your requirements, our property professionals are dedicated to achieving the best price within the timescales you need, ensuring the best service possible.

English Homes was awarded Gold by The Best Estate Agents Guide 2019. We achieved the highest award of “Exceptional” for both our sales and lettings service, which ranks us in the top 1% of 25,000 estate agents throughout the country. We know it can be difficult when it comes to choosing the right agent; this guide provides honest and trustworthy information to help you to compare agents and find the best in your area. We take our level of customer service very seriously because we know our clients have a choice. This award proves we are delivering what we promise.

Our dedicated enthusiastic team are passionate about their area and community and will always strive to offer the best advice based on their local knowledge and experience. English Homes is accessible to all our customers anywhere in the UK, but if you are close, why not pop in for a face-to-face chat.

Meet the team

James Grover

James began his estate agency career at Palmer Snell in Somerton 2002, later working with Michael English in Langport when the company was Barons Property Services. Having grown up in Keinton Mandeville, High Ham and Drayton, James is passionate about the area, and a strong supporter of local businesses and extolling the virtues of Somerset life. James says: “Being able to help clients find the right home is a real privilege. if people are new to the area it is easy for me to explain why they should choose this area above any other. I feel very lucky not only growing up here but also now being able to work and raise my family here”. When not in the office James can be found walking around National Trust parks with his two boys and enjoying a pint in Eli’s.

Emma Grover
Office Manager

Emma takes pride in negotiating between sellers and buyers, providing our clients with regular and comprehensive updates on the progress of their sale and purchase. Emma also accompanies prospective buyers on accompanied viewings. Having grown up in High Ham and always lived locally Emma is passionate about the local community and loves taking her young children on adventures through the countryside.

Aileen Clarke
Lettings Manager

Aileen has worked in the industry for over 16 years and brings with her a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm. Having been instrumental in her previous role for implementing high levels of customer service and procedures, we have already received superb feedback from satisfied clients. Aileen is on hand to advise on all aspects of lettings including helping prospective landlords on suitable properties, location, size and potential rental values. In her spare time Aileen can be found hiking the coastal paths or being taken on long walks by her massive rottweiler.

Helen Atkins
Sales Negotiator

Helen's role includes accompanying prospective buyers around properties and dealing with the daily enquiries coming into our busy award-winning office. Helen is also a key member of the sales progression team keeping clients up to date throughout the selling and buying process. We are pleased to welcome Helen as our newest member to the team, having previously worked in hospitality and customer service we can already see the benefits of having her as part of the English Homes team. Helen has lived locally all her life and has enjoyed bringing up her family in the local community. In her spare time Helen enjoys Pilates and walking.


Hazel works part-time in the office, helping with viewings during extra busy periods. She has been with English Homes for 3 years and enjoys talking to clients and answering any questions and reporting back to the office. Hazel relocated from Hampshire to Somerset with her husband 5 years ago and can thoroughly recommend the advantages of living in the beautiful historic area. In her spare time Hazel is a volunteer at the local Brainwave Charity Shop, she is also a keen gardener and an active member of the WI.

Michael English
Property Consultant

Founder of English Homes in 2008, Michael is a well known and respected member of the local business community with a useful knowledge of all aspects of the residential estate agency industry. After careers in the British Army and then the Australian corporate IT industry Michael became an estate agent in 2000 so has built up a large number of professional and client contacts over the years. This experience helps to set the company apart from others when difficult situations arise in the selling, buying and letting process, with many problems resolved as a result of our timely involvement. When not at work he is to be found under an ancient land rover or otherwise avoiding gardening duties.

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