Saltmarsh in Stow-on-the-Wold is a business I came across last year when I stayed at The Porch House in the town. I loved it then and I love it even more now. It’s moved to new, more roomy premises at the top bit of the town rather than its previous position hidden behind the tourist buses in Market Square, but more importantly it offers something very different to the rest of the town with its concept store feel and carefully curated organic clothes, ceramics and home accessories.
Everywhere you look there’s gorgeousness.
It’s hard to take a bad photo to be honest. Everything is styled beautifully, and Claire who owns the shop has amazing taste. Quirky touches too which I love.
The brands are quite unusual, often Scandi, but Claire has a magpie eye for anything cool, so there’s Dunstibourne pottery, Labruket skin and beauty from Sweden, a fab Dutch casual label called Anecdote, Takara jewellery plus a gorgeous Italian label called Pomendere that I’ve never come across before.
There’s no website at the moment, so you’ll need to visit the shop, but it’s definitely worth a diversion if you’re passing that way. Prices vary from £8 for a ceramic bowl to more designer end prices, though nothing too buttock-clenching with tops from around £70.
If Saltmarsh takes your fancy, there are a couple of cool shops there amongst the more chintzy touristy elements – look out for Law & Co for directional fashion at reasonable prices and Vintage & Paint is half antique/curios, half paint shop and groovy with it. And for lunch, I zipped 10 minutes down the road to The Swan at Swinbrook and it was fab – incredibly picturesque on the river with first rate food.
As ever, let me know if you make it down there, and show me what you buy!