For a small town, there’s a lot to tempt you when you go shopping in Woodstock. This stylish town, full of beautiful homes inside and out, has become a destination for sophisticated and unique finds, and stores with real creative flair.
A brilliant example of this flair is Louisa Maybury Interiors, which is brimming with finds sourced from around the globe, curated by Louisa and her eye for boho beauty. Her signature products are an ever changing collection of vintage rugs, kilims, suzanis and kanthas that originate from Turkey, Afghanistan, Iran, Morocco and the Caucasus. These pieces of fabric art can be used as wall decorations & throws. She also features a range of Indian glass art, in vintage frames, which made wonderful gifts.
One Village continues the international vibe, with ethically sourced homewares from around the globe. Rugs and floormat, duvet covers, throws and textiles, baskets and bowls, cushions and covers….everything in this store contributes to communities in the most economically stretched countries in the world.
If you’re staying in one of the boutique hotels, you might be inspired to do a whole lot of interiors shopping, and Woodstock has a host of other stores to tempt you.
Martha’s Attic is another treasure trove of vintage homeware and gardenia. Her signature pieces are exquisite chandeliers and vast garden mirrors, but you can also find smaller gifts such as local interior designer Heloise OHagan’s hexagonal candles.
Spencer-Churchill Designs is the interior design store showcasing the talents and style of Henrietta Spencer-Churchill (daughter of the 11th Duke of Marlborough). She has run her own successful interior design company since 1981.
Interior design inspiration can also be found at Stella Mannering’s studio, which sits above Flowers Estate agent and is full of cushions, fabrics and helpful guidance from Stella and her design team.
Next door to Stella Mannering you’ll find yet another stylish Woodstock woman’s store – Gleide Interiors. Gleide features a mix of vintage home and fashion, as well as sumptuous fabrics and other homeware. Gleide also creates stylish face masks, in on trend fabrics. Store favourites are unique cushions and vintage glassware.
All that glitters isn’t just found in chandeliers and glassware. Libby Rak Gallery of Jewellery features hand crafted designs, and offers a remodelling service to transform Granny’s heirlooms into something wearable for a younger generation.
And if you’re looking for fashion, Woodstock offers several sources of inspiration. Loft Lifestyle, as well as homeware, offers on trend clothes and accessories, from brands such as Nephele Bags and Danish label Part Two. The Autumn collection is being snapped up by the well-heeled women of Woodstock as this is written!
Across the street, Sassy & Boo, with its own label Luella and other brands, is packed full of cashmere, animal prints (including amazing jungle prints from Brighton brand Sugarhill) and an array of warm Autumnal pinks for maximum impact.
A more muted palette can be found at No 5 Park Street. If Farrow & Ball were to design a store, crossed with some magic and sparkle, and a little bit of Chanel thrown in, No 5 would be just it. Colours run from every shade of grey, beige & pale green, with some pops of colour in the way of amazing faux fur coats and brightly coloured berets. The store has the most fantastic frontage with two fashionably faded Union Jacks adoring the frontage (featured in many an Instagram post).
Men aren’t left out, with The Cotswold Tailor, which provides Bridegrooms with formal wear, and the country set with dress down gear. Favourites this season are white shirts with glimpses of Liberty fabric, with matching face masks.
Once you’ve filled your boots with fashion and home style, you might want some foodie finds. Pop to The Woodstock Coffee shop for the best coffee (voted The best Coffee shop in Oxfordshire by The Telegraph, you can purchase coffee and various Greek treats). Hampers deli sells all kinds of delicious goodies from the best chilli jam to British wines. Home-made Indian food can be purchased at the Post Office and we have a butcher opening soon. Then for something truly amazing to cook on, you might want to visit Edwards & Godding, our Aga shop, and the longest standing store in Woodstock.
Another Woodstock institution is The Woodstock Bookshop. Locals eschew Amazon and its loyal clientele travel for miles for a mooch in this special store. Rachel is always on hand to provide brilliant recommendations, and she gives book groups a discount.
If you’re looking for a gift for children, pop to No5 Park Street for Jellycat toys or to the Oxfordshire Museum shop which has plenty of dinosaur and history themed toys.
No historical Cotswolds town would be complete with its antiques shops. In Woodstock we have two long-standing specialist stores. Antiques of Woodstock specialises in period oak furniture, much of which is sourced in owner Andrew Hennell’s trips to France. The window often displays museum worthy pieces.
Antiques at Heritage is the home of 12 antique dealers, with a wide and ever changing range of antiques (mainly pre1940) including formal and arts and crafts, silver, fine art, porcelain, pottery, jewellery, glass, mirrors, rugs, clocks, garden antiques, books, vintage luggage and accessories. Antiques at Heritage is a “must visit” within the antique trade and several of the dealers are members of the prestigious Cotswolds Art and Antique Dealers Association and the British Antique Dealers Association.
And for a surprise each month we have a pop-up store, which gives new reasons to visit. Fashion brand Casa Rose, jewellery and furniture specialist Heritage & Hallmark, and cool kids retailer Kids Arcade are regular visitors to the pop-up.
The art gallery scene in Woodstock is flourishing. In the last few years Dantzig, Darl-e & The Bear and Zuleika Gallery have opened, joining The Iona House Gallery’s more established presence. As well as an amazing array of art, they’re great stores to purchase gifts and cards in.
Make sure you can scrutinise all that art with the best specs available for miles. Woodstock Opticians offers a huge range of frames, including fantastically colourful ones, as worn by Pru Leith on The Great British Bake Off.
After all that shopping, you might want to purchase that little extra treat for self. Pop to Wild Grace Flowers for plants, flowers, candles and all kinds of little nick-knacks just in case you’re not laden down with enough bags as it is!