Sally and Michael Dunseath set up Yarnton Antiques Centre (between Oxford & Woodstock) in Yarnton Nurseries over 14 years ago and in February this year they opened The Old Flighthouse in Weston on the Green, with around 50 units. It proved so popular with it’s light, spacious and airy interior, not to mention fabulous things to buy, that they extended in September 2012 to include another 25 units. Traditionally they are called units but really I like to think of them as mini shops or stylised rooms which inspire you to buy for your own home. It is a treasure trove, a delightful day out and refreshingly different from a lot of antique centres I’ve visited.
With a selection of French provincial furniture, antiques, collectables, jewellery, homeware, kitchenalia, books, luggage and men’s and women’s vintage clothing, you will want to allow yourself plenty of time to shop.
Lottie’s stall at the various vintage fairs she attends is probably the nicest one I’ve ever seen. With her background in styling and editing, having worked for Vogue, Marie Claire and The Telegraph Magazine, she has a great eye for display, choosing superb vintage items that really complement each other. Her fashion knowledge is vast and she researches all her pieces (often writing a little history or lovely anecdote on the labels) so you know you are buying genuine quality.
At the Flight House she has a fabulous space selling vintage clothes, accessories, beauty items, jewellery, trinkets and treasures.
Sally, the owner has some lovely items in her unit space with a love of pink, hats and white painted french furniture.
There was so much I wanted to buy and have since been back twice. Look at these goodies for sale.
They also have a lovely cafe selling breakfasts, lunch and morning and afternoon teas – and in warmer days you can sit out in the back courtyard.
Easy to find on the B430 outside Weston on the Green, opposite the airfield between Junction 9 of the M40 south and junction 10 of the M40 north and of course just 10 minutes from the outlet centre – Bicester Village, which is also well worth a visit!