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TRAVEL MUSE: JENNY VAUGHAN

Helen RayComment
TRAVEL MUSE: JENNY VAUGHAN

In this series I feature some of my favourite travel, food and interiors writers, photographers and style conscious travellers, as I set out to uncover some of their best discoveries and travel tips both at home and away.

This month I’m in conversation with Designer and Shop Owner Jenny Vaughan.

BIO:

From Fashion Lecturer to Design Director to Shop Owner, I set up RE in 2003 with friend and colleague Simon Young selling homewares, many of which we design ourselves under the Regd. label. Initially just a Store we then launched a mail order catalogue soon to be followed by online site Re-FoundObjects.com

Re-Found Objects {Image credit re-foundobjects.com}

Re-Found Objects {Image credit re-foundobjects.com}

WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU ONLINE?

Re-FoundObjects.com and Instagram @refoundobjects

WHERE IS HOME FOR YOU?

In the heart of rural Northumberland, a 200 year old stone cottage in a little village six miles from our store in Corbridge – Hadrian’s Wall country.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD?

The countryside is beautiful and relaxing, although within a tourist area it’s uncrowded, unspoilt and most of all everyone is friendly and helpful. We’re within easy travelling distance of the spectacular Northumberland coast, Lake District and Scotland.

ANY LOCAL GEMS?

There’s so many… The HWKRMRKT on Newcastle Quayside for street food, The Baltic Contemporary Art Gallery, Sage Gateshead international music venue, Corstopitum Roman site on the outskirts of Corbridge, Craster on the Northumbrian coast has the famous smokery home of the Craster Kipper and the Jolly Fisherman pub. Barter Books a second hand bookshop with coffee shop in the old railway station at Alnwick, Tynemouth market in the Victorian train station on Saturday and Sunday mornings for crafts, vintage and food. Kielder Observatory which is located in a “dark skies” area.

HWKRMRKT Gateshead {image credit www.bytheriverbrew.co}

HWKRMRKT Gateshead {image credit www.bytheriverbrew.co}

WHERE ARE YOUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO EAT IN THE UK?

After years of travelling I relish local and simple - Riley’s Fish Shack on the beach at King Edwards Bay in Tynemouth. A  BBQ on the beach at Alnmouth if the weather permits. The Feathers Inn at Hedley on the Hill in Northumberland where everything is locally sourced and freshly cooked is another great choice.

Riley’s Fish Shack {Image credit rileysfishshack.com}

Riley’s Fish Shack {Image credit rileysfishshack.com}

WHERE WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO EAT YOUR LAST SUPPER AND WHAT WOULD YOU ORDER?

At The Colonsay Hotel, needless to say on the Isle of Colonsay, perched on the hillside above the Harbour with commanding views to the island of Jura. An amazing Island which brings back lots of happy memories where local sea food would be my dish of choice.

WHICH WAS YOUR BEST EVER UK HOTEL/ACCOMMODATION AND WHAT MADE IT SPECIAL?

Many years ago we booked the whole of Kinloch Castle on the Isle of Rhum for a special birthday, at the time it offered hotel accommodation, although now sadly it’s a museum. It’s a late Victorian mansion owned by Scottish National Heritage and even then it felt like a privilege to spend just a few days there.

WHICK UK HOTEL/ACCOMMODATION IS ON YOUR LUST LIST?

Soho Farmhouse.

WHICH WAS YOUR BEST EVER EUROPEAN HOTEL/ACCOMMODATION AND WHAT MADE IT SPECIAL?

Every year my friends and I go on a Christmas shopping trip to a different city. Several years ago we stayed at The Ritz in Madrid, it was the ultimate in understated grandeur. The most discreet, calm, old style hotel I’ve ever stayed in - never to be forgotten!

WHICH EUROPEAN HOTEL/ACCOMMODATION IS ON YOUR LUST LIST?

The tree house suite at Chateau De Valmer in the South of France. I’ve got as far as a pre-dinner cocktail and would love the full tree house experience.

BEST EVER AIR BNB EXPERIENCE?

I’ve never stayed Air BNB but our colleague Emma has a lovely turn of the century stone cottage two minutes walk from RE used as a holiday let. It’s tucked away in a quiet spot, but right in the centre of the village. You can take a look at thecorbridgecottage.com

The Corbridge Cottage {Image credit thecorbridgecottage.com}

The Corbridge Cottage {Image credit thecorbridgecottage.com}

A SPECIAL TRAVEL MEMORY?

Many years ago, my husband Alan and I with some friends hired a catamaran in the Caribbean and sailed around the Windward and Leeward islands including the Tobago keys and Mustique. Being in charge of your own destiny at a pace you set yourself gives a true feeling of freedom, it was a real adventure.

WHAT’S IN YOUR HAND LUGGAGE?

As little as possible. I like to travel light. Must haves are Nivea cream, ear plugs, anti mosquito spray and a cashmere scarf.


WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING ON YOUR TRAVELS?

I’ve just been to India and read The Last Letter from your Lover a hopelessly romantic novel by Jojo Moyes a lovely, easy read.

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WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY LISTENING TO ON YOUR TRAVELS?

I like the radio so choose local stations. Riviera Radio is great in the South of France for local news, things to do and feel good music.

WHAT IS THE BEST SOUVENIR YOU HAVE BROUGHT HOME FROM A TRIP?

A full size medical torso from a Parisian flea market, complete with removable organs, it sat next to me on the plane in a ”La Poste” sack! Back in the day when” luggage” wasn’t such a problem.


Thank You Jenny!

You can read a previous post about my visit to Jenny’s store Re-Found Objects by clicking here.


{The images used in this article have been used to provide inspiration alongside the recommendation for the business or product. I do not claim ownership of the images and will happily remove them if this causes upset with the owner.}