Shop till you drop, Cotswold style
Forget bland High Streets and boring shopping centres – the Cotswolds has glamorous, independent shops that showcase local crafts and remind you why browsing can be a genuine pleasure.
Lapstone (off the A44) – Drive time: 5 mins
Just three miles from Dormy House, off the A44, Lapstone is a little department store with a big difference. It’s housed in a picturesque barn in the middle of a vast field, and it stocks a very select range of gifts, furniture and clothes.
Broadway – Drive time: 5 mins
A good place to buy gifts and cards, or – if you’re feeling flush – art and antiques. Like many Cotswold market towns, Broadway still has “real” shops like a traditional family butcher and an excellent deli.
Chipping Campden – Drive time: 7 mins
This is another Cotswold town with great individual shops, including Molemi Ladies Footwear offering brands including; HB, Gabor, Remonte, Cara London, Toni Pons, Fly London, Orca Bay, Hunter Boots & Dublin .
Daylesford Organic – Drive time: 20 mins
Also worthy of a mention in its own right, Daylesford is a legendary organic food store and cookery school, with an exclusive range of clothes, kitchenware and spa products on the side. An upmarket shopping experience for those who already have everything they need.
Cheltenham – Drive time: 35 mins
Only a half-hour drive from Dormy House, Cheltenham is our favourite shopping destination. For elegant shopping in whitewashed Regency splendour, head to Montpellier at the top of town. Here and along The Promenade, stylish boutiques are interspersed with continental-style pavement cafés.
Tetbury – Drive time: 1 hour
If you’re into distressed furniture and bric-à-brac, you’ll love Tetbury. The recent addition of the Highgrove Shop, opened by the Prince of Wales himself, has added a touch of royal cachet to this lovely market town. His first retail venture sells organic foods from Duchy Home Farm and items made by local artisans and craftspeople.