6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to Lancashire Life today click here

A stylish Christmas in store at Shackletons in Chatburn

PUBLISHED: 00:00 30 November 2015

Julie Donnelly arranging the display in the Nordic themed range

Julie Donnelly arranging the display in the Nordic themed range

Archant

Stunning seasonal displays mean Shackletons Home and Garden is Mairead Mahon’s first destination for gifts

Gisela Graham fairy in the traditional themed rangeGisela Graham fairy in the traditional themed range

Thousands of people visit the Ribble Valley each year, many attracted by the award-winning Shackletons Home and Garden destination store in the pretty village of Chatburn, near Clitheroe.

Owned by the Shackleton family for 15 years, it’s a place that’s all about ‘experiencing different’ – one that offers personal and friendly service and has a huge range of premium quality items, from sofas to scarves, including many exclusive to the region.

While the emphasis is very much on advice and personal attention, co-owners David and Paul Shackleton have a horror of being approached as soon as they walk into a store, and make sure that none of their customers suffer that fate.

‘Is there anything worse? We want people to relax and enjoy our beautiful things. They come to us for an afternoon out, not to spend their time dodging sales assistants,’ laughs David.

Woodland themed decorationsWoodland themed decorations

Christmas is probably the busiest time selling everything needed for a stylish festive period, starting with the tree. And not just any old tree. You can be sure that if it has made it through Shackletons doors, it will have satisfied some stringent criteria. Premium fresh trees up to 9ft can be bought in the garden centre but if you want a skyscraper of a tree, then feel free to order one that reaches 20ft or more. Best to bring your room measurements with you.

Of course, not everyone wants a fresh tree so, among its extensive display of artificial trees, Shackletons stocks a stunning range of ‘Feel Real’ trees that have actually been formed using moulds of real tree branches.

All trees need to be dressed and Shackletons have a range of carefully sourced decorations, displayed by theme, that would make Santa envious. From traditional red and gold to this year’s fashionable bronze and amber and with everything - including a woodland theme - in between. The only problem is deciding which to choose.

Mind you, Shackletons can solve that. Bring in a photograph of where the tree is going to go and they can advise you. They have even been known to dress a tree for a customer in store. It’s all about taking the stress out of Christmas, whether a customer wants one bauble or is decorating the whole house.

Lots of items can’t be found just anywhere - from the latest Gisela Graham fairy, wooden deers from Iceland to beautifully crafted and original outdoor ornaments.

Tree and decorations sorted, next on the list are gifts and, as a purveyor of all year round superb gifts, you just know that Shackletons is going to come into their own at Christmas with a fine array for family and friends, including the family pet.

‘Yes, anything from festive collars and Christmas jumpers to advent calendars with healthy pet treats. In fact, we even have our resident cat, Archie, who lives in our gift department. People make a special trip to see him. He even has his own fan club,’ says Kirsti Shackleton, who runs the gift department. All the pet gifts have passed the Archie test and all the children’s gifts have passed the Shackleton Children test.

The emphasis is on quality: there is even a range of Emilie et Rose British children’s clothing. One of the joys for Kirsti, though, is the many people that tell her a quality toy they bought at Shackletons many years ago has become a family heirloom.

‘That’s particularly true of our British rocking horses and push and pull toys. I love the dolls’ houses and garages and that’s nothing to do with the fact that they occupy children for hours....honestly’, laughs Kirsti.

Ladies, or those who buy for them, can pick timeless Spanish and Italian bags; the softest scarves, luxurious scented candles and eye-catching costume jewellery. Never let it be said that Shackletons isn’t bang on trend: there is also a good selection of this year’s must have accessory - the pom pom.

There is also plenty for the chaps from beautifully coloured woollen jumpers to the most chic vintage grooming kits, including real bristle brushes and wooden soap dishes. Yes, there are slippers too but it has to be said that they are luxury ones, in Harris Tweed, sheepskin or luxury velvet. There is even a range of wine scented candles but if you want the real thing, round the day off in The Pavilion, the stylish and brasserie and coffee house

The secret is out: Shackletons Home and Garden is the place to go for the stressless sparkle and effortless style that makes your Christmas extra special.

Shackletons Home & Garden, Clitheroe Road, Chatburn, BB7 4JY.

01200 441230

www.shackletonslifestyle.co.uk

Breakfast with Santa

Santa will spend some time sitting in locally crafted sleigh in the Christmas shop, with plenty of room for your little one to pop in next to him, while you take a photograph or have one taken free by the professional photographer (charges for prints apply, with a proportion donated to the North West Air Ambulance charity).

However, for the three Saturdays leading up to Christmas there will be a special Breakfast with Santa event. Children will find him in the Pavilion Coffee House, snoozing by the fire. When they’ve had their breakfast, they can wake him up, chat with him as he wanders around and join in a Colouring With Santa competition.

Meet Neptune

Neptune the Reindeer hasn’t quite passed the exams for Flying School, but every year from the first weekend in December, she’s polished and groomed and takes up residence in her own deluxe log cabin at Shackletons Home and Garden.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Lancashire Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Lancashire Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Lancashire Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More Homes & Gardens

Mon, 20:07

This stunning home is Grade II listed.

Read more
Mon, 14:13

If you’re thinking of investing in a beautiful holiday home in Cumbria, look no further for inspiration. Situated just 20 minutes from J36 of the M6 motorway Cartmel Lodge Park offers luxury holiday lodges in the picturesque village of Cartmel. The team at Cartmel Lodge Park has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to helping you create your dream holiday home.

Read more
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Using geometric shapes adds an instant contemporary edge to a room

Read more
Friday, March 17, 2017

This spacious family home is ideal for those who love the outdoors.

Read more
Friday, March 10, 2017

These properties are located in stunning countryside.

Read more
Friday, March 3, 2017

Royal Mail analysed over a million UK redirection applications from the last 12 months to reveal the nation’s home moving habits. We look at some of the movers and shakers in Lancashire.

Read more
Ribble Valley Lytham Lancaster
Monday, February 27, 2017

Have daffodils become so commomplace that we pass them by without taking any notice?

Read more
photography
Monday, February 27, 2017

This stunning home has private access to Lake Windermere.

Read more
Friday, February 24, 2017

The Lake District has long been one of our favourite holiday destinations in the UK, and with its breathtaking mountains, deep tranquil lakes and rolling Dales it’s easy to see why. From Lake Windermere to Ullswater the area is rich with tourist hotspots heaving with hikers and ramblers all the year round. But is there anywhere in The Lakes where you can still experience their magic?

Read more
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Diane Berry won no less than three awards in just three weeks – a unique achievement by the queen of kitchen design. 
Mairead Mahon reports.

Read more
Monday, February 6, 2017

Fantastic coastal homes in Lancashire

Read more
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

This elegant property in Mawdesley is brimming with restored features from the original house

Read more
Monday, January 30, 2017

The wildlife around Emma Sutton’s home at Higher Walton near Preston inspired her to pursue her life’s dream. Emma Mayoh reports.

Read more
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Skill and artistry are helping to restore our heritage buildings and to create the landmarks of the future. Roger Borrell reports

Read more
Made in Lancashire

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Subscribe or buy a mag today

Lancashire Life Application Link

Local Business Directory

Lancashire's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area



Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search