We round up seven of the best independent stores, from Bruton to Bristol.
Caro Somerset, Bruton
Opened in 2014 by Natalie Jones, this lifestyle shop is housed in an 18th-century building on Bruton High Street. Objects – bamboo trays, geometric cushions, candle holders – are sourced from around the world, and sit alongside coffee table tomes and the odd piece of furniture. The Caro x Kana collection of handmade stoneware ceramics, made by potter Ana Kerin, are a highlight. 18-20 High Street, Bruton, BA10 0AA; carosomerset.com.
Stay: Lucknam Park (approx. 55 minutes away)
Baileys Home, Ross-on-Wye
A long-established name in British retail, Baileys Home is spread across a series of rustic barns. The collection of homeware ranges from kitchenware and lighting to garden furniture. Textiles include Turkish linen towels, flat weave Iranian rugs and New Zealand sheepskins, and the owners produce their own linen and velvet sofas. The Tin Tabernacle Tea Room is ideal for a slice of cake after browsing. Whitecross Farm, Bridstow, HR9 6JU; baileyshome.com
Stay: Ellenborough Park (approx. 45 minutes away)
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This Scandinavian-led design store is a treasure trove of homeware and lifestyle items from wall lamps and furniture to apothecary and accessories, such as serving spoons and seagrass baskets. Look out for well-known brands including Ferm Living, House Doctor, Frama Copenhagen and Hay, and from later this year the first in a range of in-house products too. 53 London Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6LX; lifestoryshop.com.
Stay: The Dunstane Houses, Edinburgh
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Co-founded by husband and wife team Alex and Rachael Otterwell more than a decade ago, this lovely lifestyle store sells everything from handmade pottery and textiles to organic skincare and slow fashion. Pots for house plants hang from the ceiling; a central table displays ceramic pots and glassware; and art prints are stacked up against an ochre-coloured wall. 117 Beech Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 9EQ; objectstyle.co.uk.
Stay: The Chester Grosvenor (approx. an hour away)
Tea + Kate, Felixstowe
What started out as a homeware and interiors Instagram account grew into an online shop and then, in 2015, a pared-back, bricks-and-mortar store in Suffolk. The curated collection includes furniture (an Ercol Originals loveseat, a dining table by Hay), homeware (Brickett Davda bowls, Fog Linen placemats) clothing and lifestyle accessories. 10A Victoria Street, Felixstowe, IP11 7ER.
Stay: Maison Talbooth (approx. 30 minutes away)
Midgley Green, Bristol
This contemporary crafts and homeware shop was set up as a platform to sell products made by British woodworkers, potters and textile artists. We like the cosy throws by Welsh woollen mill Melin Tregwynt; sculptural willow baskets and wooden cheese knives; and distorted bud vases by contemporary ceramicist Leighan Thomas in muted speckled green and matte lichen. 26 Alexandra Road, Clevedon, Bristol, BS21 7QH; midgleygreen.com
Stay: Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, Bath (approx. 40 minutes away)
Shopkeeper Jacqui Martin focuses on artisanal homeware and lifestyle goods that are designed to be cherished for many years – which, at her store in Hastings, translates to plenty of items made from natural materials such as wooden utility brushes and ceramic pots, rattan furniture and cane-framed mirrors. The prints of local landscapes by Kent artist Harriet Peachey are especially noteworthy. 58 High Street, Hastings, TN34 3EN; reste.co.uk
Article written by Emma Love, a contributor to Condé Nast Traveller and Elle Decoration UK.