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A day at Kilver Court

Because of the Olympics and the fact that most other people in the office have children and tend to book off the summer holidays as leave, time off in August was a bit of a no go for me this year.  However, having always had my birthday in the summer holidays means I never had to go to school on my birthday and I've never fancied being at work on it either so I decided to book Friday until Wednesday off (my birthday is on Tuesday) and make a long weekend of it.  

Ever since I saw Rosie at The Londoner blog about the re-opening of Kilver Court a little while ago I've been desperate to pay it a visit.  A 'designer emporium' that hosts a variety of brands at discount prices, as well as beautiful gardens, a quaint little cafe and a farm shop, it is definitely my idea of a perfect day out.  My Mum and I set off on Friday morning and it took us about an hour and 45 minutes through beautiful countryside and winding country roads to arrive.  When we arrived we nosed around LK Bennett, Jack Wills, Aubin and Wills, Toast and Jane Clayton Interiors, earmarking things to come back and buy after lunch.




Orla Kiely
Houmous and flatbread in the cafe
Whilst looking in Aubin and Wills we actually ran into Rosie from The Londoner herself, and I rather awkwardly ambushed her and said hello.  It's really weird to meet someone 'in real life' whose blog you read religiously but she was really lovely and we had a quick chat before carrying on our shopping.  After a yummy lunch of houmous, flatbreads and tabbouleh with an Orchard Pig cider in the cafe I went back and bought a shirt and trousers from Jack Wills and a dress from Toast, as well as picking up another cider and an ale in the farm shop.  Of course, no trip to Kilver Court would be complete without a visit to the Mulberry factory outlet just a few metres up the road...


It was in a beautiful old building and I must say I was quite surprised at how discounted some of the clothing was.  I saw a gorgeous Peter Pan collar dress reduced to £100 (and even more bargains in the clearance section) but this month is quite a tight month so I couldn't quite push the boat out and bring it home - maybe another time.


After quite an eventful journey back in which the sat nav succeeded in getting us completely lost and taking us down even narrower country roads (and a place called Zig Zag Hill which was one of my least favourite driving experiences of my life) we arrived home for an evening of tea and re-runs of Dinner Date.  Bliss.

My Mum then took Bodhi home with her as she is kindly looking after him for a few days as we are out and about so much it wouldn't be fair of us to leave him at home.  Yesterday we went to an amazing wedding (more on that later) at the Marwell Hotel near Winchester and today will be spent lolling on the sofa and recovering from all the eating and drinking we did!  Tomorrow we are going to the Harry Potter Studio Tour so we are watching through the Harry Potter DVDs in anticipation.  Hopefully there will be some sunshine on Tuesday for my birthday and we can celebrate with a walk in the forest and lunch in a country pub.  Hope you've all had as lovely weekends as I have.

22 comments

  1. Love your outfit Rosie!im rather jealous of your studio tour,im thinking about going in September,cant bare the thought of going in summer hols!xx

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  2. Sounds like such a lovely day with your mum!
    Have a fantastic time at the HP studio tour - it looks like so much fun - and a great birthday too :) xx

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  3. Sounds like so much fun, I so want to go now!! I love Rosie, she is so beautifulxx

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  4. I feel like me and Kilver Court could have a really wonderful time together. Sadly, my bank balance won't be invited to the party but Mr Credit Card will be the guest of honour. Lovely photos :) Cx

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  6. Looks like an amazing day out! Glad you had a good time :)

    Lauren
    alittlelessoflauren.blogspot.com

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  7. All of my friends who live near Bath have been to Kilver Court and I HAVEN'T BEEN YET. I've heard all about their purchases and it's literally driving me insane. It's probably a good thing for my bank balance though... Love your outfit it's so cute.

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  8. Ah I love your blog :) Fast becoming one of my faves.

    Love the top you're wearing here! x

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  9. That sounds like WAY too much temptation in once place!! Looks like you had a great time - looking forward to seeing your new purchases on the blog. Enjoy your busy weekend, Avril x

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  10. great post and i love your outfit!

    from helen at www.thelovecatsinc.com // @thelovecatsinc

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  11. All that Orla Kiely stuff at discount prices! I'm well jealous.

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  12. Ah I love your outfit Rosie! Looks and sounds like you had a brilliant time. I really want to visit Kilver Court :-) x

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  13. this looks absolutely perfect this day. i love love what you're wearing Rosie! you look so lovely.
    I want all of the orla kiely homeware tooo!xx

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  14. Oh Orla Kiely and houmous. Perfect day. Happy birthday for Tuesday! I am so jealous of the Potter tour!
    xx

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  15. It really was a great day Rosie. Think I'll have to pinch your photos for my blog!!
    xx

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  16. I need to go there!! that place looks amazing! Your mum is so cute! hehe hope you are not working yourself too much this summer!

    xxx emma
    fashionalization

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  17. That looks like such a perfect day! Happy early birthday, Rosie! X

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  18. Sounds like a wonderful day! And you look gorgeous, I love your outfit. It's so pretty! :)
    - Rhiannon
    laviedelamourx.blogspot.com

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  19. I'll say Happy Birthday now as I'm going away tomorrow - hope you have a fantastic day! Have an excellent time at Harry Potter - it's amazing!

    I seriously need to get myself to Kilver Court! We were talking about it in the car up to the Bristol blogger meet yesterday and Hannah (Two grazed knees) said that you'd written a post on it so I was looking forward to checking this out! So sad that you had to leave behind that dress - maybe Santa will bring it for you? ;)

    I remember zig zag hill!!

    x

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  20. I want to visit Kilver Court so bad and now your photos make me want to go even more : ) Lovely blog btw.

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  21. So pleased to see you enjoyed your visit and came to our showroom No21 Interiors at Kilver Court...(as photographed in the mirror) Hope to see you and your followers soon No21x

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