Since The Vine Inn closed in 2012 it has been the subject of much concern and discussion from the locals and regular visitors to Stockbridge High Street. After a period of uncertainty, DC Li Builders have renovated this listed building to an extremely good standard and it is now nearly completed and close to full occupation. This former coaching inn, dating back to 1850 is a building very much in the heart of Stockbridge and its renovation is much to admire. Dique Li and his son Joe, together with their excellent team of loyal and skilful tradesmen have been on site for eighteen months undertaking this high-quality refurbishment.
From my firm’s point of view, Myddelton and Major, we have been delighted to be involved in offering advice to Dique and Joe as well as letting the units. All the units were let (terms agreed) within four weeks of coming onto the open market in March 2017. This illustrates and confirms the high demand for quality commercial space in Stockbridge whether it be retail or office space. We have been able to attract a variety of users from a high-class wine merchant to a piano tuner. The wine merchant is Wine Utopia who have moved from a central position in Stockbridge to a larger unit with an abundance of character and enabling them to offer a greater variety of wines. Adjacent to Wine Utopia is Carina Rose Bridal, run by Carina Maylam, and offering a beautiful and relaxing place to browse for designer wedding dresses. The third shop fronting the high street is Stocks, which is a quality gift shop run by Sandie Russel who lives in Broughton and has another similar outlet in Henley. Sandie says: “I feel passionately about independent shops in the town centres. They are the life blood of a town and critical to its success and future”
To the rear of the main building of The Vine is Jo Loveland running her Early Rider business which is “passionate about the manufacture of children’s bikes”. A hair dresser, run by former Stockbridge favourite, Misho Dimitrov, will also be based there. The Stables have been converted into retail/office units and include Deborah Barlow’s Vine Pianos and Alison Warner running Bobbin Sewing School. Beyond the converted stables is a new office building which has been pre-let to TMFP offering financial planning advice for businesses and individuals; adjacent are three holiday lets which will be ready for occupation in May 2018.
On the top floor of The Vine we have two office users, Bright Side Toys who manage the world-wide distribution of many well known branded toys and Lottie Keith an interior designer. There will be one residential flat accessed from the courtyard of The Vine Yard.
There is a great cross section of users and we are certain that The Vine Yard, as it is to be called, will be a thriving and an important part of the commercial hub of Stockbridge. The Southern Evening Echo reported on the success of the conversion and incorrectly stated that The Vine Yard was to include an estate agent’s office. This, I think, caused a little concern to another local estate agent!
The Vine has certainly been a building that has undergone extensive renovation and in my opinion, this creative and innovative project has been an unrivalled success and will greatly benefit and enhance the vibrancy of Stockbridge High Street.
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David Smith Myddelton and Major