A closer look at our unique boutiques
You might think that there's charm enough in being able to visit a gorgeous former Georgian manor house in one of the most beautiful areas of rural East Sussex, greeted on your entrance into the property by a veritable Aladdin's cave of sumptuous antique furniture, homeware, accessories and gifts. But there's even more to Trading Boundaries than all of that - such as our fabulous independent boutiques based around our endearing courtyard.
Whether you visit to shop for eye-catching garden and interior accessories, distinctive womenswear, the finest of fine wines or something entirely different, you will simply not be disappointed by our vintage bar & boutique in Sussex. While away the hours on a sun-drenched East Sussex morning discovering characterful outlets like The Rural Vintner, Hi Hi and The Leaping Hare, and when you desire a break, refreshments will be awaiting you beneath the arches of our Elephant Cafe.
The Elephant Cafe becomes an invigorating performance venue by night, but during the day, it has a much more sedate ambience, making it just the place for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. Once you have been suitably watered and fed in this pleasant setting, you will feel all the more in the mood to sift once again through the offerings of our boutiques, which could never be mistaken for the usual high street or out-of-town big name brand stores.
They are unquestionably all the better for being that way - whether you stop in at Andrea Duly's Foxy Feet boutique with its footwear ranges encompassing such sought-after labels as Cocorose, Tamaris and Moda in Pelle, or instead head in the direction of Thyme of the Season, the stunning kitchen and garden boutique of longtime Sussex resident Irena Stout. This is just the spot to pick up a one-of-a-kind Scandinavian product for your home or garden.
Once you leave Thyme of the Season, you may wish to explore the boutique currently adjacent to it, The Amazing Lavender Sisters, which specialises in lovely - but affordable - womenswear. Whether your taste is in tops, trousers, jackets or trousers, you are sure to find something to delight in this charming shop run by Susie Jaggs. Fashionistas on our premises are also sure to be enchanted by the beautiful Hi Hi store, with its collections sourced directly from Copenhagen Fashion Week.
All that remains is to select from one of more than 300 remarkable wines and spirits on offer at The Rural Vintner, where the wines have already been chosen with utmost care before being permitted onto the shelves. It completes a range of boutiques that is simply unrivalled within or outside this greenest of English counties, meaning that when someone next asks you to recommend a vintage bar & boutique in Sussex, you will know exactly which venue to suggest.