Much of what you see in the hut has been made by local artisans or by using materials from local businesses. Here you will be able to see what we have and can link directly to their websites.
Virginia Griffith-Jones is an artist based near Sevenoaks in Kent. She paints mainly in watercolour and oil and has a very versatile range of styles and subject matter, from muted landscapes to vibrantly coloured birds and flowers. She is particularly clever at adapting an accepted impression of a scene by using a combination of her traditional skills and her abstract leaning, shifting its appearance to create something that is completely unique. Virginia painted the Salty Shepherd logo for us and it is a super example of her charming and individual style. We are also delighted to have some of her paintings for sale in the hut.
The Old Goods Shed, Station Road, Appledore, Kent, TN26 2DF
This large antiques centre has two floors containing a mixture of beautiful antique furniture, paintings, ceramics, rugs and much more. They have an enormous stock of old pine furniture downstairs and to the back of the building there is an area packed with architectural and garden salvage. In the summer, there is a fortnightly antiques market with 70 covered purpose built pitches all offering a wide range of antiques and collectors items and is well worth a visit. Station Antiques also offers a made to measure kitchen service; our lovely kitchen unit was built beautifully by them and is an example of their varied and skilled workmanship.
Wish Ward, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7DH
Rye Pottery is one of the most famous institutions in Rye and is much loved by its residents. The tiles behind the sink and the basin are hand painted in the shop and are a small reflection of the distinctive style and craftsmanship of this family owned business which is a mixture of high art and craft with work of high skill, all conceived by renowned ceramicists and sculptors. Rye Pottery also produce their world famous collector ranges, including The Canterbury Tales figurines and pastoral figures along with a very attractive selection of home and tableware items and of course our favourite, the Rye Pottery Animals. A wide range of them are on display in their showroom in Rye and items are also available to buy directly from their website.
Romney Marsh Wools are another local business, producing a lovely range of products made from the local breed of sheep, the Romney. The semi-lustrous versatile fleece from the Romney sheep that has gone into making the beautiful throws on the bed and chairs is particularly popular due to its versatility, softness and natural stain resistance and the company have a super range of items for sale. The soap, shampoo and shower gels in the bathroom are made from the lanolin occurring naturally in the wool which has many beneficial attributes, being naturally soothing and rich; they are a real treat to use!
14a Tower Street, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7AT
In the main room of the hut, the curtains and blinds have been made using material from Merchant and Mills in Rye. Merchant and Mills are a lovely and unusual cloth shop, stocking all manner of items from sewing kits and scissors to oil skin bags to sewing patterns. They also have a wide range of fabrics; woodblock printed linen from Africa and India, wools and tweeds, denims and cottons and ticking in every colour. They are well worth a visit as it is a lovely old fashioned utilitarian shop stocking more than you think!
11 High Street, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1UL
The Oriental Rug Merchant is a brilliant shop in Tonbridge Wells that has a wide range of oriental rugs, from Persian to Kilims. They have been sourced from all over the world and are a fine selection of top quality handmade rugs, from silk and wool to a large selection of Afghan carpets. The lovely rug we have in the hut is one of their ever popular vegetable dyed Kilim rugs; there are many more available in their showroom or online.