Contributing editor of FT ‘How to Spend it’ and House and Garden UK, Fiona Golfar has carefully and lovingly curated 'The Little Shop’ at Fowey Hall. Located in the courtyard, it brings together an eclectic collection of homewares, clothing, books, beauty products, and more! It’s brimming with items that each have their own story and have been sustainably and ethically sourced. It’s a great place to come and find something special and unique to take home.
Throughout the hotel's major refurbishment, the interior design team worked with renowned local artists and the best craftsmen in their fields in order to create a range of bespoke interiors from wallpapers and stylish furniture to interesting guest room details which celebrates the best of craftsmanship in both Cornwall and also in Britain. We wanted to continue this theme and so ‘The Little Shop’ was born. Stocking both local Cornish suppliers and those from a little further afield it brings together a real blend of all the things we love and is a great place for our guests, visitors to the area, and the local community to find something special and unique.
Fiona Golfar says: “Over the years at Vogue I used to joke that what I really saw myself doing after I left was eating cake sitting on a rocker in front of my own little shop stuffed with things I like! It’s almost come true.
“When Fowey Hall offered me a little space to curate, I said yes without thinking.
“During lockdown, I supported local Cornish potters who were struggling during lockdown via Instagram and had had such a good response. I then decided to approach a mixture of people both in Cornwall and around the world whose work I love and see if they wanted to sell in The Little Shop. Many of these people have struggled in these past months, from women’s collectives in India to London- based small businesses and of course the fabulous talent found in Cornwall.
“The Little Shop is simply that. From jams and relishes made by my oldest friend Skye Gyngell of Spring restaurant, to my favourite aromatherapy oils from the brilliant Dee Sandford and Celtic & Co sheepskins, lovely dressing gowns from An Indian Summer.... the thing that connects all these brands is that they are all in my house already... why? Because I love them.”
Highlights in The Little Shop include:
John Webb pottery: Based in Lostwithiel has worked as a potter since 1972, initially self-taught after being inspired by a visit to a pottery in 1968. Since then he has gone on to be an assistant in various studios, watching how different potters perfect their technique. He was later offered a job in pottery in Fowey with his wife, which is what led to opening his own studio in Lostwithiel.
Mandy from Kernow Knitting began knitting at four-years-old, being taught by her mother. She started making jumpers before moving onto making soft toys, enjoying the challenge of different patterns. Mandy has spent the last 15 years working with children, which is what led to being inspired to make different characters, we are stocking beautiful hand-knitted Cornish bears donning the un-mistakable Cornish tartan.
Maison Bengal is a fashion brand that is based in Bangladesh in southern Asia. The Maison works with three Fair Trade organisations within Bangladesh and provides training in handicraft production. They work with each group separately to utilise their locally grown materials and develop their renowned traditional skills. The Maison now works with over 5,000 women throughout Bangladesh, who are now able to work in their home environment, which enables them to care for and financially support their families. The materials used are locally grown in different communities in Bangladesh, primarily Jute and Hogla (local seagrass).
The Little Shop is also proud to stock waterproof outwear brand Rains. Scandinavian designed, Rains is simple in style yet maintains the highest quality of wet weather gear. They decided to reinvent the traditional rubber raincoat in a novel way, ideal for the Cornish weather!
The shop also continues our partnership with The White Company, stocking its exclusively created pyjamas featuring the playful icons from each of the five Luxury Family Hotels, children’s bedding, towels, cashmere bed socks, and diffusers.
Please find a full list of The Little Shop suppliers here:
An Indian Summer
British Colour Standard
Jennie Hale Pottery
The White Company
John Webb Pottery
Essential Oils by Dee Standford
The Spring Restaurant
Sarah King Face Masks
Caramel Kids Clothing
Sandra Alexander Jewellery
Rose De Ruig Lamps
Victoria Bain Napkins
Opening times for The Little Shop:
Monday: 9am - 3:30pm
Wed - Sunday: 9am – 5:30pm