All that glisters is gold, silver, red, green, pink…
OK, OK, it’s October and I’m talking Christmas but when you see what I’ve got in store for you (or rather, what Kilver Court has got in its store for us all), I think you’ll be rather pleased that I am. Mulberry founder Roger Saul’s designer outlet in Shepton Mallet has just opened up their Christmas shop – and it’s chock-a-block with all sorts of Christmas dex, from kitsch through to Scandi and everything in between. If you know what you’re after, you’ll find it here; if you don’t, just come and be inspired (I was). I had a quick peep last week, when the sun was shining through the windows and making everything look all sparkly and magical.
The shop’s on the first floor of The Great House.If this doesn’t make you feel Christmassy, then yah boo sucks, Ebenezer.
The shop’s been put together by Monty Saul and there really is something for every taste. Everything’s very reasonably priced, too, with most of the decorations ranging from around £1.50 to under a tenner.
Love, love, love these large (about 20cm) red glass baubles – are they fir cones ? – and the antiqued silver ones below.
These elegant hand blown glass baubles come in all different sizes and designs and are made by a husband and wife team in Egypt.
Kitsch is always kool. There are day-glo pom poms, glittery glasses, glass figures, fun baubles and funky lights.
These subtley coloured Scandi trees and decorations are so on trend and really clever. You buy them flat (you can see them in on the shelf in the second photo) and they open out, held together by a tiny hidden magnet – and then fold away flat to be put away for next year. I’m looking at mine right now!
Did I mention pink?
… or feathery and fruity?
There are some beautiful shimmery candle holders and giant matches – to keep or give away.
While you’re there, have a look around the food shop on the ground floor. This Pinkster gin caught my eye – they make it from raspberries then bottle up the sozzled fruits – a present for moi? Well a gal’s gotta get her five-a-day somehow.
Afterwards, before or in between, tuck into tea, coffee and cake in the Harlequin Cafe on the ground floor of The Great House or across the courtyard in the Sharpham Pantry, which also serves lunch.
This is such a nice few hours out it might even make it into my weekly what’s on Muddy Guide.
The Christmas Shop is open Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm; Sundays and Bank Holidays 10am-5pm.
Kilver Court Designer Village, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5NF kilvercourt.com