Feel the Lapstone love
Last year while I was on my way to review the Chef’s Dozen restaurant in Chipping Camden (such a fab place – here’s my review if you missed it first time around) I spotted a lovely old Cotswold stone building down a long path off the road, and promised myself I’d detour to it the next time I was in the area.
That time was last week, when I was over in Stow-on-the-Wold, and I’m mighty pleased I made the effort because the 18th century converted building I spied happens to be Lapstone, a lovely lifestyle store that offers one of the most relaxing shopping experiences I’ve had in a long while.
The store has been around for some years apparently, but two years ago had a real makeover, and turned from a higgledy Aladdin’s cave into its new configuaration, a well defined and rather extravagantly spacious gift shop selling womens fashion, accessories, menswear, mens’s gifts, stationary and homeware, and now with a cafe and beauty rooms. It’s a place with mainstream appeal – my mum and her friends would love it here, but I saw loads I could have bought up too – some lovely slouchy Ya Ya tee-shirts, kitsch home furnishings (I totally want the white and gold parakeet), a leather toilet bag for Mr Muddy, you name it.
Here, have a gander.
I took loads of photos actually – here, have some more!
I had a coffee and a polenta lemon cake in Meg’s Cafe, snug in the corner by the log fire…
I had a little squizz up at the brand new beauty rooms, and ended up having a fantastic facial *sigh*. Yeah I know. I. Am. Weak. (great skin products by the way – a brand from Switzerland called PHYTO5).
There’s also a salon, Mode, in an adjacent building – thank God I’ve only just had my hair cut or I’d have ended up there as well.
If you’re planning a trip to the Cotswolds and fancy dropping in, you could also add in Bourton House Garden in nearby Bourton on the Hill (the Horse & Groom pub there is fantastic – here’s my review), the Batsford Estate and Arboretum and Snowshill Manor, one-time owned by Henry VIII who gave it to Katherine Parr as a wedding gift.
Lapstone, Westington Hill, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6EG. Tel: 01386 841611. lapstone.net