Johnstons of Elgin, Morayshire, north-east Scotland
In the north-east of Scotland intrepid Londoners will discover the delights of Johnstons of Elgin, a company that still makes the finest cashmere blankets, throws and clothes in its two mills in Elgin and Hawick. As well as lovely products (right), you can buy delicious local farm produce and honey made by their own bees. By appointment you can have a free guided tour of the manufacturing process and a visit to the new tea room. Call 01343 554088 to confirm availability of tours.
Johnstons of Elgin, Newmill, Elgin, Morayshire, IV30 4AF (01343 554099). Visit johnstonscashmere.com.
RE, Corbridge, Northumberland
In November 2003, Simon Young and Jenny Vaughan opened RE in a converted Northumberland workshop at the back of a filling station in Corbridge. RE is now a treasure trove spread over 3,000 sq ft, selling a quirky mix of vintage and new products (left), from old glass jelly moulds and wirework baskets to modern striped textiles and colourful Swedish linen cloths. Closed Mondays.
RE, Bishops Yard, Main Street, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5LA. Call 01434 634567 or visit re-found objects.com.
Baileys Home and Garden, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
It isn’t just the tempting homeware, including all-weather furniture (right) for sale that makes Baileys so special. No, a big reason to visit this style emporium near Ross-on-Wye is to see how the owners, Mark and Sally Bailey, have gradually expanded and restored their listed barns and stables and a walled garden.
Last year they rescued an old tin chapel and rebuilt it as a tea room, serving home-made cakes at weekends. They have transformed the properties into something modern and magical, using a mix of traditional and new techniques and materials. Think sheep’s wool insulation in the walls, gigantic display tables made from poured concrete, and huge vistas on to the Black Mountains.
Baileys, Whitecross Farm, Bridstow, HR9 6JU (01989 561 931). Visit baileyshomeandgarden.com.
Dickinson’s Period House Shops, Shropshire
If you are heading to the Midlands or Shropshire, be sure to visit one of the three Dickinson’s Period House Shops (left). It’s a family-run business, specialising in hard-to-find hardware, such as Bakelite lampshades, iron bolts and brass bells.
The three shops are at 66 Market Place, Warwick CV34 4SD (01926 492470); at 141 Corve Street, Ludlow, SY8 2PG (01584 877 276), and at 65 Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, SY1 1UX (01743 340250). Visit periodhouseshops.com.
Woods of Harrogate, North Yorkshire
There is an old-fashioned charm about this speciality linen shop in Harrogate run by interior designer and grandson of the founder, William Woods. The store is a wonderful source of goods (right), selling everything from the finest embroidered linen sheets to the humble kitchen dishcloth, as favoured by HRH Queen Elizabeth, whom Woods supplies. It also sells its own-brand pillows, bath gloves, straps, polishes and other items.
Woods of Harrogate, Prince Albert Row, 65/67 Station Parade, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 1ST (01423 530111). Visit woodsofharrogate.co.uk.
Anta, Edinburgh and Tain, Ross-shire
Visitors to Edinburgh should make sure they visit Anta (left). In addition to the factory store in Ross-shire, it now has a shop in the capital selling luxury, coloured woollen tartan fabrics and cushions alongside thistle-patterned stoneware and more. The factory shop sells discounted seconds. Homes & Property readers who take this page to any Anta shop will receive a further 20 per cent off until 25 August.
Anta, 73 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2HJ (0131 225 9096), and in Fearn, near Tain in Ross-shire (01862 832477). Visit anta.co.uk.