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 one of the country’s leading antiques destinations 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 clients, collectors, corporate and trade buyers. May 2019 saw the purchase of 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 an ambition to run a multi-dealer antiques centre. The Antique Village was born and has never looked back.
The extensive refurbishment is an on-going project that, to date, has seen a dramatic transformation inside and out. Many features created from reclaimed materials found around the site have been creatively incorporated presenting a welcoming and unique atmosphere.
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 and memorabilia, to name but a few.
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 an architectural salvage dealer and a local plantsman offering seasonal shrubs and bedding.
Their drive and desire to keep the standards high extends right through to 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 wide selection of cakes, paninis and snacks.
Further expansion to the services at The Antique Village saw the decision made in March 2020 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.
The constant strive to improve and develop is the primary goal at The Antique Village, driven and led by Ian and Clive’s vision and energy. They are delighted to have employed a local, enthusiastic and friendly team who share their passion where excellent customer service beats at the very heart of everything they do.
They invite you to come and see for yourself! – The whole team look forward to welcoming you on-site soon!