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Happy Birthday!

The Old Flight House has just turned six, but this interiors emporium is so gorgeous we should all be celebrating.

Happy 6th birthday and aren’t you just so pretty, The Old Flight House?

Back in the day, when Muddy was in its first incarnation as a basic wordpress site and I was busy trying to explain what the hell a blog was to anyone who would listen, The Old Flight House was plotting its own boundary pushing.

Michael and Sally Dunseath had spotted a gap in the market in 2013 for selling vintage, antique and interiors pieces, but wanted to replace the mustiness and cramped corners of antique shops and emporiums with a more stylish, spacious, luxe experience.

One converted RAF officer’s mess later, The Old Flight House was born in the small hamlet of Weston-on-the-Green near Bicester. I distinctly remember discovering it and feeling incredibly excited because it was so cool, quirky, doing something new and different – I knew it was the kind of place Muddy readers would want to know about it.

Five year’s on, there’s no doubt that The Old Flight House has mightily delivered on its USP, earning several Muddy Awards for Best Emporium over the years and growing from an original 45 stallholders to a mighty 70+ operation today.

There aren’t many interiors emporiums where I would have the confidence to point people for a whole morning but this is definitely one of them, and one of the main reasons for that is the breadth of what’s on offer. Along with the expected pieces of oak furniture and shabby chic this-and-that, but there’s also mid century modern (my big passion), eclectic crockery, soft furnishings, a vast array of lighting and the latest addition, a flower shop on site (below).

What’s more the styling is really attractive, so the industrial building, all clean lines and high ceilings, is painted a tasteful off white, with a massive central till area, large wrap-around foodie café flowing into back courtyard and wide thoroughfares that require no elbow nudging.

There’s an ooh and ahh moment around virtually every corner – and I’m not even talking about when Mr Muddy pulls his trousers down jumps out at the customers.

Don’t believe me? See for yourself! (not Mr M, I’m afraid he only plays on weekends).

Beautiful no?

The Old Flight House is a no-brainer trip out with the girlies (with or without kids – though, let’s face it, without is always way more fun when shopping is involved), parents for a single-level trip out, or on a weekend jaunt with the other half as you do have the café here for coffee-and-cake or lunch. Nearby you have Bicester Village (about 10 minutes drive), The Manor Country House Hotel in Weston-on-the-Green for a traditional afternoon tea, Jacob’s Plough in Bicester for a lovely pub option or The Nut Tree at nearby Murcott for Michelin-starred charms. When summer hits you’re minutes from perennial Muddy fave Jane’s Teas for a gorgeous walk down through the quarry to the willow-tree riverside and the quirkiest tea outdoor rooms you’ll encounter in Oxfordshire.

As ever if you make it down The Old Flight House, let me know what you think. Actually I’m betting I know what you’ll think – just show me what you buy.

The Old Flight House, Medley House, Northampton Rd, Weston-on-the-Green, Bicester OX25 3TJ. Tel: 01869 343441.

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