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Evening Standard Homes & Property July 2004
Sited at the end of the road between two paddocks, the farm marks the location of buried treasure, in the form of The Antiques Warehouse... A glorious mass of greenery greets you, with plants and terracotta for sale piled high across the entrance to the Elizabethan tithe barns. Indoors owner Hilary Burroughs has arranged highly decorative stock into colour co-ordinated tableaux and room settings... Prices are truly exceptional value.
The Antique DEALER May 2002
The Antiques Warehouse at Runfold in Farnham, Surrey, is really the most beautiful antiques centre I have ever seen.
Why is it worth the journey unless you're a local? First of all, the town of Farnham is a centre for antiques but this centre alone would be worth the journey. From the second you enter, you're transported. It's beautiful and full of good quality stock. The music creates an ambience enhanced by the little extras - flowers which look real.
I visit centres on a regular basis, not just to review them but to buy stock. I have rarely felt so comfortable and at ease. The service is superb but not intrusive and the units are arranged to blend in - you can rarely see where one starts and the other begins. Strangely, that does not make the centre look untidy, but homely. You want to buy it all.
Everything balances without looking forced. Displays look natural but are colour-co-ordinated, not forced but subtly.
There is a comfortable area to sit (if it's too cold to sit outside and watch the horses play) and drink coffee on one of the many chairs for sale, and there's home-made cake at the weekend.
"It's the right time for centres. There is the Internet of course, but with so many closing down, where else can you go to handle the goods - even to smell them?" And the only thing that you can smell is freshness. There is no damp, the goods are polished but gently, the textiles are fresh and everything is ready to take home.
Everywhere I looked lights twinkled - another speciality of the centre. The walls were covered without seeming claustrophobic and signed autographs and photographs sat alongside pictures designed to appeal to the trade and public alike.
by Fiona Shoop
BBC Homes & Antiques Magazine
Farnham, the most complete Georgian town in Surrey, is not just a sightseeing stop (with castle), but a lively, elegant market town with lots of select shops. Visit cobbled Lion & Lamb yard and historic West Street.
At Badshot Farm in nearby Runfold is The Antiques Warehouse, run by Hilary Burroughs. This Elizabethan tithe barn is crammed with treasures, from kitchenalia to chests of drawers.
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