Shopping in the Cotswolds The shopping opportunities available to visitors to the Cotswolds are truly too numerous to mention in this piece. Pages and pages could be compiled listing all the mom and pop village stores, clear up to big name retailers. Some of the more colorful and cultural opportunities are listed here. Vinegar Hill gift shop and ?lower store is in the lovely village of Stratford on Avon. This quirky shop shared the name of a hill in Ireland, hence there are usually curious Irish tourists shopping here. This store is owned by the Austen sisters, and sells many handcrafted gift items. Bennett's Fine Wine Merchants in Chipping Campden is in a building that was built in 1727. They are specialists in older vintages, often purchased from private cellars, and they also specialize in new releases that are offered in limited quantities. They are specialists in ?ine and rare Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone, Vintage Port, Italy and top end New World Wines. The Salt Gallery in Burford is located in the beautiful stone courtyard of Bear Court. They sell UK studio pottery and glass. This store has something to offer the serious collector and the browsing tourist. They have a huge selection of salt glaze pottery. The Cotswold Perfumery at Bourton on the Water is in an 18th century traditional stone building, complete with oak beams and crooked ?loors. This company has manufactured scents for world famous perfume houses. Owner John Stephen will spend a day taking visitors step by step through the process of creating their own unique scent. Watling Goldsmiths is located in the preserved medieval village of Lacock. All the pieces displayed in the store are handmade in the workshop in the cobbled courtyard. By appointment only, they make individual pieces for customers, who can choose from diamonds, all color sapphires, emeralds, rubies and cultured pearls. Black Ink antique shop in Stow-‐on-‐the-‐Wold is just one of many antique shops throughout the Cotswolds. Available are artist's originals, etchings, lithographs and woodcuts. They also specialize in the Impressionists, with Renoir, Pissarro, Manet, Guaguin and Degas usually in stock. This region is renowned for its antiquing opportunities; antique shops can be found in every town and village.
Shoppers will never run out of opportunities when visiting the Cotswolds. A whole vacation could be spent just investigating the shops and stores of the towns and villages that make up the Cotswolds.
About The Author Anna Phillips represents Jigsaw Holidays, specialists in supplying Cotswold Cottages and character properties for the ideal Cotswold break.