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The Discount Shopping Destination To Know

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London may be a fashion hub, but when it comes to shopping for discounts, there’s a fabulous destination delivering on designer goods for less. Kilver Court Designer Village may be Somerset’s secret for style lovers on the hunt for a serious bargain, but it has plenty more to offer, too. A true hidden gem in the British countryside, we found out more…

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Once a Victorian textile mill, Kilver Court is now a must-visit if you’re after discounted designer goods. With over 50 brands to choose from – there’s everything from fashion to homeware – you’re guaranteed to find something. Those journeying down to Cornwall for long summer weekends should be sure to swing by for mid-drive retail therapy.

Who's behind it?

This hidden gem is a family affair, and an impressive one at that. Founders Roger and Monty Saul are the brains behind the Mulberry brand, established in 1971, and along with their son Freddie (a successful furniture designer in his own right) have built Kilver Court as a means of regenerating the area. 

So where is it?

Near Shepton Mallet, Somerset, with Bath and the Mendip Hills close by it’s an ideal stop-off during a weekend escape to the country. And if you’re planning a summer trip to the Cornwall coast, Kilver Court is a must-visit on the way there or back.

What brands can you find?

The original Mulberry factory store is on site, so Bayswater and Alexa fans will find plenty to keep their wallets busy. Preppy favourites can be found at the Jack Wills outlet, and there’s Joseph, Whistles and Penelope Chilvers for serious fashionistas. Plus, Chinti and Parker and Johnstons of Elgin have quality cashmere for less. Whether buying for yourself or stocking up on some very early Christmas presents, it’s well worth a browse.

What about the Great House itself?

Monty is the buyer for the Great House, which houses a farm shop and lifestyle bazaar and is an eclectic space filled with hidden treasure. Her carefully curated selection has earned itself the title of “the Liberty of the South West” by adoring customers. Her buying ethos? 'If something stops me in my tracks, it’s for a reason – it should either make me smile or go ‘wow!’

There’s a host of artisan favourites in store – snap up discounted luxury beauty from one of our favourite brands Neom; lifestyle must-haves from Garden Trading and traditional toys from the toy room. And for fans of Daylesford Organic (who isn't?) there's a great range of their products on offer at discounted prices. 

For the boys?

Head to the UK’s only Orlebar Brown outlet concession for stylish beach looks, whilst green-fingered types should check out the Nursery and Wiggly Shed Shop to stock up on gardening gadgets. Bike enthusiasts will also be thrilled to find discounted sportswear from luxe cycling brand Rapha. 

And the foodie fares?

The Sharpham Pantry Restaurant provides a fresh seasonal menu (Founder Roger Saul even launched a cookbook, Spelt, in honour of the kitchen's most utilised ingredient), and the Harlequin Café is the perfect spot for post-shopping high tea. 

Over in the Great House you'll find plenty to tempt bona fide foodies, from Godminster Cheese to The Naked Marshmallow Company, while gin connoisseurs will be taken with the great selection of producers including boutique brand 6 O'Clock Gin. 

Anything for wine buffs?

Avery’s outlet is a haven for wine lovers – the Avery family has been crafting wine for five generations, and the cellar located in the Great House is stocked full of offerings with at least 20% off.

Anything else?

Even if you’re strictly on a spending ban, we recommend a visit if only to check out the BBC Gardeners World-approved gardens that circle the space. Just pay the entry fee to relax in the rockeries, herbaceous borders and parterres. Also, keep an eye on the website for upcoming events – there’s currently a plant sale taking place and there’ll be films screened outside throughout the summer.

Best route to get there?

Castle Cary station is ten minutes away by car, or enjoy a scenic two-and-a-half-hour drive from central London.

What's next?

There are some big plans in the works, stage two of the development means expanding the village by 40 shops in the next few years. 




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