Gorgeous furniture alert

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I’m in the hunt for a farmhouse-meets-retro kitchen table at the moment – yeah, just imagine that combination and ponder how long it’ll take to find it! – so I’ve been scouting around the local interiors shops over the last few weeks.

This table and chairs from The Apple Orchard in West Wycombe wasn’t quite right for my Sixties-tastic house, but it was so beautifully made and good value, I thought I’d show you anyway in case you’re on the look-out for dining stuff too. The table is solid hard wood, with a metal base, a contemporary take on a traditional oak table. Loved the deep tabletop and check out the wideness of the bench – clearly designed for modern backsides!

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Table £858, bench £385, chair £199

Table £858, bench £385, chair £199

I haven’t been into The Apple Orchard for ages actually, and if you’ve never been before you’d be forgiven from the frontage of thinking it’s just another rinky dinky gifty-style shop, but it is VAST inside – 11 rooms plus an outdoor space. So they have a significant range of furniture for bedrooms, living spaces and kitchens (including the kitchen units themselves) along with lovely home furnishings like this tartan chair (below) and then more decorative items.

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You can shop online for the furniture or the gifts and homewares (I’m not going crazy with the links, they are two separate websites!), but if you’re thinking of dropping by in person to West Wycombe, it’s also worth checking out the 14th century St Lawrence Church with its 17th century additions (the tower is only open on Sundays 12.30pm- 5pm), the Hell Fire caves (open Saturday 11am to dusk from November to March 2016), and maybe try lunch at the lovely The Pink & Lily in Lacey Green (above) – probably a 10 minute drive into stunning countryside – with its relaxed vibe and games room for kids.

And it goes without saying (though, why not, let’s say it anyway) that if you try anything out please let me know – your opinions are whoppingly appreciated at Muddy HQ.

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