Real Farm, Real Sheep, Real Wool !
Home Farm sits on 150 acres of ancient ridge and furrow pasture land - home to the largest flock of rare breed Wensleydale Sheep.
Home Farm is located on the border of Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, two of the most historically famous and beautiful areas of the UK.
More specifically, Home Farm is over 900 years old, and has played important parts in the history and development of England. Mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 and more importantly, Home Farm is located on the site of the Battle of Edgehill, one of the largest battles fought during the English Civil War of the 1640s.
When we bought Home Farm in late 2006, it had been abandoned for several years, and had become derelict. Fortunately, the vision of restoring the farm to its former state was strong enough to ensure the farm became better than ever.
Home Farm is more than just the farmhouse. It sits in some 150 acres of ancient ridge and furrow pasture land which enables us to have one of the largest flocks of rare breed Wensleydale sheep.
The Wensleydale breed originated in North Yorkshire, early in the 19th century.
The breed stems from a cross of the long extinct long wool breed from the River Tees region, and a single, outstanding, ram from Leicester, called 'Bluecap.'
During its earliest years, the breed was developed through hardy rams and hill ewes, with the intention being to produce a high quality, valuable fleece.
‘No woolman who has ever seen the sheep or wool will ever forget it’
Kenneth Ponting, Sheep of the World
In the summer of 2014 we decided to introduce some beautiful Bluefaced Leicesters to the farm with the intention of using this wonderful fleece with the Wensleydale fleece.
Our lambs are fed premium food every day for the first year of their lives and then from 12 months onwards our aim is to pasture feed through spring to autumn. In winter we feed haylage and hay, grown here on our farm, which is continually monitored and tested for its nutritional content.
Consistent nutrition through the year gives the highest quality fleece without any wool-break.
We are delighted to be able to offer our premium fleece, hand sorted, for sale to spinners, felters and craftspeople.
Stunningly soft luxurious wool from our fabulous sheep
At Home Farm Wensleydales we provide 100% pure Wensleydale wool perfect for knitting, crochet, felting etc.
Sometimes complemented with Bluefaced Leicester, the Wensleydale wool is spun from our fleece. It feels soft, luxurious and perfect for any garment.
We also supply an exclusive range of incredible hand spun wool. This exquisite wool is lovingly spun in Kent by a very experienced and talented spinner for Home Farm Wensleydales and is a perfect compliment for any hand knitted garment or spoil yourself with a hat or some gloves.
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