Welcome back to the Curious Shop series, where we scour the country and beyond to find the some of the quirkiest shops around. We love places where you can have a wander about, and enjoy the thrill of discovering something that makes your heart skip a beat – a candle whose fragrance conjures up a special memory of home, a colourful and cosy blanket that you can’t take your hands off, a set of prints that speak to you and will speak to your guests from your walls…
If you love all that, you will love The Hambledon. Set in the gorgeous city of Winchester (can’t say enough how the city is well worth a visit!), The Hambledon is a gem of a store. It is set up like a mini-Liberty London, where you feel as if you have stumbled into someone’s beautiful home. Technically-speaking, The Hambledon is a department store, selling home wares, books, stationery, clothing, beauty products; however, while “department store” might conjure up images of counters upon concessions upon lack of styled product display, The Hambledon is as far from that as you could go.
The store lies in the shadow of the stunning Winchester Cathedral, so you can pop in after a walk through the Cathedral. The Hambledon has a rustic wooden interior, featuring tall ceilings, white-washed walls and wooden stairs, and large floor to ceiling windows at the front of the shop, to let in plenty of sunlight. Large, antique, and slightly distressed tables are cleverly placed all around the shop floor, decked with books and beauty products, and shelves overflowing with gorgeous cake stands, glass ware, ribbon…
It’s not all the time that you see plenty of flowers in a store either! We love how inviting the colours are – makes browsing the wide range of home wares so inviting! Our American counterparts seem to do a wonderful job of sourcing off the high-street items, and displaying them in fun, pretty, stylish ways that make you want to buy everything… We think The Hambledon has managed to do this really well too! It has nooks and crannies filled with enamelware, colourful hardback books, candles, and beauty products… every corner is filled with something eye-catching.
We are pretty sure if you visited The Hambledon you will walk away with something special. It’s such an inspiring place. Thank you for sharing your beautiful shop with us!
10 The Square, Winchester SO23 9ES Images courtesy of The Hambledon