Alongside the products that you might expect to find in a National Trust shop, from 100% woollen blankets to delicious chutneys and conserves, we also offer a selection of locally sourced items. Working with suppliers from across Sussex, Kent and Surrey we have sourced a range of UK made artisan products and gifts.
The English Soap Company
The English Soap Company was founded twelve years ago by a couple who discovered a large number of vintage soap moulds lying disused in a machinery workshop. Inspired by the wonderful designs from a bygone age, they set out to recreate the luxury soap they remembered from childhood, and used modern twists to create some of the finest vegetable soaps available. Based in Waldron, East Sussex, all of the soaps are purely vegetable based, vegan and not tested on animals.
Horsham Regency Gingerbread
In 2009, Jeremy Knight, curator of Horsham Museum, found a 200 year old recipe book which had an important connection with Horsham. Written by a member of the Shelley family, it contained a recipe for gingerbread. The museum bought the book and between 2011 and 2012 Lesley Ward spent a whole year painstakingly trying to re-create the gingerbread recipe, using modern cooking methods. Blending local ingredients and products from UK farms, these gingerbreads and biscuits are made in small batches in a family bakery near Chichester, West Sussex.
Olio of Oxney
Olio of Oxney is run from Huggits Farm on the Isle of Oxney, Kent. Inspired by a passion for all things olive and lavender Olio was set up to offer products that incorporate these much loved ingredients. All of their lavender based products use fabrics handpicked and personally sourced from a range of manufacturers and designers that integrate premium quality material and leading design.
Dovetails Vintage are based in Sevenoaks and utilise upcycled London slates to create their imaginative signs. Each Victorian era slate has had years of natural wear and tear, resulting in each one having its own unique rustic character. Individually gift boxed and suitable to be hung on a wall or above a door these slates make excellent gits.