Wadswick Country Store is situated on the edge of the Cotswolds, seven miles east of Bath. Located on the farm on which it was launched 30 years ago we cater for the country market. If you participate in horse riding, field sports or just enjoy dog walking or the country life then we are the store for you. Our large range of clothing and equipment encompasses some fantastic brands such as Le Chameau, Ariat, Musto, Pikeur, Dubarry, Barbour, Beretta, Schoffel, Fairfax and Favor and Joules to name but a few.
Our aim is to provide everything you might need from a day in the country to life in the country! Whether you participate in a country sport or prefer to be a spectator we have all bases covered. Our product range focuses on quality but is broad enough to cater to most budgets. We have a coffee shop in store so you can enjoy a cup of coffee and slice of cake once your shopping is complete.
We strive to do our best for our customers and are pleased to have been either winner or runner up of the BETA Large Retailer of the Year in each of the last five years so hopefully that means our customers think we’re doing something right too.
Wadswick Country Store started in the late 1980s. Based on an arable farm our first product line was home grown potatoes, planted and harvested by all members of the family. At the time, the farm, an agricultural contracting business and a reasonably large flock of sheep were the main focus for Carolyn and Tim Barton. Potatoes were sold by way of a wired up old car horn, if no one was available to take the money then an honesty box prevailed.
Customers began to ask for the odd bag of oats for their horses and mixed corn for their chickens and before long a fledgling feed business emerged selling home grown crops. Carolyn soon realised that staying in the shop was warmer than lambing sheep throughout the Winter so when a small equestrian shop closed down locally she grabbed the opportunity to buy its stock and expand the offering at Wadswick.
The move into the Equestrian industry was a natural step for them to take; horses had always been a huge part of Tim and Carolyn’s lives. Carolyn had been more or less brought up trundling around the country in the back of a horse lorry with her brothers and sisters showing horses. Her father, Gordon Giddings, built a large and successful stud with some renowned sires including Master Spiritus, who produced many successful event horses. Tim’s father, Roger, was a keen amateur jockey and racehorse breeder when he wasn’t farming and Tim rode the occasional point to point, not bad for someone who was nearly 6’3”!
Ever since, the business has grown steadily moving from one barn to the next biggest available when new space was needed until finally Tim constructed a purpose built building in 2000. Not to rest on his laurels, Tim always has a plan in mind and is now staking out the next extension and development for 2016. Aside from the shop Tim has a passion for “green” farming and the farm now produces Miscanthus (a biofuel) to make horse bedding and energy and he has just completed his latest project which is a solar park on the farm.
Carolyn remains in control of the shop and is rarely far from the shop floor, Tim is spending more and more time there now he has created the ultimate boy’s toy shop with the new Gunroom which opened in 2015. They seem happy to be joined by us (their children Jo and Alex) over the last few years and together we enjoy some healthy debates about how best to serve our customers in the future. Most recently a new EPOS system, loyalty cards and this latest version of the website have kept us busy. Please do come and visit us in store if you can to get an essence of what we really are.
We will look forward to welcoming you!
Jo Boyd and Alex Barton (Tim and Carolyn’s children!)