Lyddy Lou’s interiors shop at Manor Farm Craft Centre, Seale

PUBLISHED: 19:11 19 November 2014 | UPDATED: 19:20 19 November 2014

The attractive shop is packed with irresistible treasures

The attractive shop is packed with irresistible treasures

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Lyddy Lou’s is an unexpectedly delightful shop bursting with beautiful home accessories that have been lovingly made, upcycled or sourced by owner Gail Reed

Lyddy Lou’s
Manor Farm Craft Centre, Seale, Farnham GU10 1HR.
Tel: 01252 444240. 

Online: facebook.com/lyddylous

 

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What you can expect…

Just off the Hog’s Back near the little village of Seale is a pretty courtyard – probably an old stable yard – surrounded by some interesting craft shops and an airy café selling home-made fare. New to the centre is Lyddy Lou’s – an unexpectedly delightful shop bursting with beautiful home accessories that have been lovingly made, upcycled or sourced by owner Gail Reed.

First impressions…

From the polka dot bunting and pink flowers around the door to the pretty interior, this is a really girly shop with merchandise appealing to ladies from eight to 88. Around the walls are carefully hand-painted dressers, shelves and tables in on-trend shades of beige, together with pastel-painted wine chests turned into quirky shelving. And judging from the number of visitors having a look round, there were plenty of really well-priced goodies to tempt impulse purchasing.

Catching my eye…

The first thing I noticed was the array of vintage china patterned with all kinds of flowers, dots and even cupcakes. Tea sets and teapots are a passion of Gail’s that she sources from antique markets and auction rooms, so the stock is constantly changing. New to the range, however, are some quirky cake stands that Gail and husband Carlton make from retro china using tea plates and saucers topped with a cup or tiny teapot.

Made to order…

To complement her own creations, Gail marshals local craftspeople as well, so you can also buy wonderful bunting for parties, weddings or baby showers and personalised hearts filled with lavender. Her own gloriously frou-frou, tissue paper pom-poms are the new must-have accessory for party decorations.

Unusual finds…

I particularly liked the small jute shopping bags with fabric appliqué designs – so much more attractive than anything in plastic – and the variety of candles that have been beautifully decorated by Gail with découpage flowers or butterflies. Here too are locally made canvas pictures featuring quirky fabrics, patchwork cushions in the shape of sail boats and tea light holders decorated with ribbons and bows.

While you’re there…

Don’t miss the selection of handmade cards, which at £2.95 each are not only pretty good value but some of the most intricate and beautifully made I have seen.

Why you should visit…

Because not only is this a pretty part of the Surrey Hills that’s great for an afternoon out, but Manor Farm is a great centre promoting local talent and enterprise that will surprise and delight you.

 

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