Louise Allen and Piers Newth both gave up senior jobs in horticulture to set up a successful antique garden tool business, Garden & Wood, from their idyllic Oxfordshire cottage. Having bought the cottage in the tiny hamlet of Little Haseley 16 years ago, they (understandably) decided they wanted to spend more time here, and started scouring auctions and second hand shops for old tools that Piers reconditions in his shed. Their garden is like an outdoor museum with beautiful terracotta forcing pots, old lantern cloches, French watering cans and a display shed full of beautiful old tools. Selling their wares at Chelsea and a handful of other shows, they are open to the public by appointment and welcome visitors who want to come and browse their collection and wander round their immaculate garden, full of vegetables, fruit and cottage garden flowers. Although this tiny backwater feels as if it's in the back of beyond, it is actually only a few miles from the M40 so easily accessible from London. They also have an online shop on their website, gardenandwood.co.uk.