Have you been to Kilver Court Designer Village
recently? The designer sales outlet, housed in a former Victorian textiles mill in Shepton Mallet, has some seriously tempting brands, but at a fraction of their retail price (discounts are regularly up to 60%).
The Kilver Court story began 20 years ago when Roger Saul, founder of Mulberry, bought the site for the brand’s headquarters, opening its famous Mulberry factory shop in the Old School House a year later.
Two decades on and you’ll now find permanent residences from the likes of Agnes B, Jack Wills, Chintl & Parker, Toast, Margaret Howell and MiH Jeans as well as pop ups from Paul Smith and Joseph.
The vibe here is high end at good discounts, so you’ll find the best cashmere (Bamford, Chintl & Parker), great jeans (MiH), hand crafted boots from Seven Boot Lane, the softest shearling coats and jackets (Gushlow & Cole). For men, there are boxers from the legendary Sunspel, bike gear from cult specialists Rapha, sweaters from Pringle, shoes from Tricker's.
Kilver Court is very much a family business these days run by Roger and his wife Monty and their son Freddie (he oversees the designer village).
Regeneration is one of Roger’s passions and next month a garden nursery and shop opens here, next to Kilver’s 3.5 acres of gardens. The nursery – think Petersham remodelled for Somerset – will offer an eclectic mix of herbaceous, alpine and sub tropical plants, garden tools, furniture and antiques. Most of the plants will feature in the garden’s newly restored borders, so you can browse for inspiration first.
Alongside fashion and interiors, Kilver Court also houses the Sharpham Park shop selling a vast range of spelt products (spelt is another Saul passion, they have been growing it on their nearby farm for years). Every conurbation of this wholesome grain is here – risotto, cereal, porridge, crackers – and the shop also stocks local artisan fare such as chutney, cider, cheese and chocolate.
A word for the homeware (selected by Monty) because with candles, bath oils room diffusers and beauty products from brands like Neom ,True Grace and REN all at greatly reduced prices, this makes Kilver Court a good present pit stop.
Oh and there’s a lovely café here too, the Harlequin Café (good coffee, great cake, roaring fire), or the Sharpham Pantry which has a menu featuring dishes from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingshall, Yotam Ottolenghi, Mark Hix and Heston Blumenthal amongst others, with many of them focused around spelt.
What Kilver Court pulls off brilliantly is the destination shopping centre – you can eat well, shop well or simply hang out in the gardens and you won’t feel like you’ve been put through the wringer afterwards.