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Trading Boundaries, Fletching

Muddy says: Wandering around a handsome Grade II-listed building browsing imported Indian furniture and gifts before enjoying coffee and cake on the terrace – shopping heaven!

Trading Boundaries is a multi-functional, quirky space set in a Grade II listed Georgian building on the edge of Ashdown Forest. Celebrating its 22nd year as an independent retailer, it offers a unique world of interiors and more.

Indian Furniture

The main part of the business is a 10,000 sq ft antique furniture shop, selling imported Indian pieces produced, in the main, from re-claimed ancient Indian wood. The showrooms have an Aladdin’s Cave feel about them and offer unique one-off accent pieces for your home. In fact it is the largest stockist of Indian furniture in the South East, with all items ethically sourced by the owners.

Trading Boundaries also has contemporary furniture including Indah mango wood and Zen acacia wood ranges, as well as beautiful sofas and armchairs.

Accessories, gifts and wine

Home accessories feature throughout the shop, including lighting, cushions, throws, vases, clocks, paintings, crockery and glasses, as well as a wonderful selection of gifts from candles, hand creams and soaps to bags and cards. You can also discover costume, silver and gemstone jewellery from India.

Head outside and you’ll find the courtyard with its Indian Gazebo, surrounded by independent boutiques selling womenswear and more.

The Elephant Café-Bar behind the showrooms serves coffee, cakes, salads, burgers and wraps as well as wines, beers and soft drinks under twinkling fairy lights or outside on a terrace.


The cafe transforms at night into a live music venue hosting acts such as Steve Hackett (Genesis), Toyah Willcox and Shakatak and draws fans from far and wide for its prog rock gigs.


You will also discover a gallery on the first floor dedicated to the work of artist Roger Dean, who is known for his album covers and logos for bands such as Yes.

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