With a wealth of experience in the global antiques industry The Antique Village was born out of a vision by Ian and Clive, to create the ultimate antiques destination in the UK.
Having already developed the successful online antique business London Fine Antiques, where they successfully service a worldwide client base from their premises in the South West, high demand, combined with a breadth of knowledge, put them in prime position to progress the business.
To facilitate the expansion they sought a suitable venue, where they could better service their client base of UK and international private collectors, corporate and trade buyers. In May 2019 they purchased a dilapidated 40,000 square foot former cider factory, which offered enormous potential, not only for the growth of their online business, but to also realise the long-held dream of running a multi-dealer antiques centre.
An extensive refurbishment included amongst other things, removing boards from the original windows and fitting contemporary glazing, sympathetic to the period. With recycling in mind, the interior was created from reclaimed materials found around the site and an original sliding door now leads out to a covered, outside seating area.
The first dealers moved in in October 2019 and since then the centre has gone from strength to strength. The range of specialisms of the antique dealers at The Antique Village ensures a broad selection of art works, sculpture, ceramics, furniture, books, collectibles, memorabilia etc to customers visiting the centre, as well as to those customers shopping online from across the UK and abroad.
An important aspect of the overall plan was to promote local artisan trades, so with this in mind some of the workshops at the centre are occupied by restorers, craftsmen and artists, as well as a local architectural salvage dealer and a local plantsman selling locally grown plants, which offers another interesting facet to a visit.
Another addition was The Dovetail Café, which opened in December 2019, serving specialty coffee from Wellington, a selection of teas and cold drinks, including a locally produced apple juice and locally-made cakes.
Further expansion to the business was made in March 2020 when the decision was made to open an auction house on site. Auction Antiques was yet another way that they could service their clients from wherever they were in the world. The inaugural sale was held in July 2020 and was so well-received that the company has engaged more specialists in order to more fully serve their customer base. Offering valuations either in person or online, Auction Antiques is set to become a leading saleroom in the South West, with popular monthly sales.
Ian and Clive are delighted to have employed a local, enthusiastic and friendly team at the centre and internationally renowned specialists for their auction business. They look forwarding to welcoming you on-site at The Antique Village.