Photography by Emma Lewis
Have you been to the new-look Caro
in Bruton yet? It is immense. Caro has just moved from its more bijoux premises round the corner to a great big space on the high street, a couple of doors down from At the Chapel. Think lifestyle emporium, think ‘I could nail my Christmas shopping here in one expertly curated trolley dash’.
The key here is owner Natalie Jones who has impeccable taste and a visionary buying eye which means you’re basically going to want everything in the shop. And Caro has started selling its own chocolate made in Somerset with The Chocolate Society – winning combinations such as juniper & Raspberry with dark chocolate or Earl Grey & Biscuit with blonde chocolate (insanely delicious).
With Christmas in mind, then, a quick tour of the shop though the good news is everything is available on the website too so you don’t actually need to leave the house. There’s a good looking selection of magazines and books here, we magpied in on Cornwall Weekends, a beautifully shot volume featuring hidden gems like Leach Pottery and the Hidden Kitchen in St Ives and Great Thinkers, a collation of best ideas from the East and West (there’s your pseudo intellectual sorted). Oh and Lonely Planet’s Great Bike Rides of the World (for pretty much every male over 30).
We are coveting the amazing Haeckels bath range – a block of seaweed exfoliator soap is exactly what’s required for January. Ditto the cult Aesop beauty range, we’ll take anything from this beautifully packaged, high on health range – the Resurrection hand cream, perhaps?
Caro sells an array of Danish design from Hay - big ticket pieces such as dining chairs down to a charcoal grey travelling toothbrush (£3). There’s some seriously crowd pleasing but wallet friendly things here – beautiful cups, spoons, pens, paper clips.
Gorgegous glassware - in particular we loved the little champagne coupes - v Downton.
Most exquisite of all are the Sue Pryke ceramics – modernist cups, teapots, jugs in wonderful pastel colours – soft grey and palest pink. Really really want the earthenware teapot with oak handle which is a thing of great beauty (and it’s called Mr & Mrs Teapot, who could want more?)
There are blankets, cushions, soft denim shirts, socks, marbled notebooks – all sorts. And with statuesque, work of art cakes from The Bakemonger on sale too, you can have a fine time exploring. We loved it.