FAQ

Real Farm?

Our farm spans 150 acres in the Cotswolds, England. Our Wensleydale flock is slaughter-free and kept for wool only. Everything about our farm is to ensure the highest standards of welfare are met, in order to produce the healthiest sheep and beautiful fleece.

To hear more about the farm, please do ‘ask to see the farm,’ or follow us on social media

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Real Sheep?

We keep both rare breed pedigree Wensleydale and Bluefaced Leicester sheep. There is a reason why Wensleydale’s are so rare! They are big, expensive to feed, and their fleece takes a great deal of maintenance. We avoid using chemicals or pesticides, and are meticulous with our shearing. Thanks to this, we are able to produce the finest and most valuable lustrous locks

Real Wool?

We don’t commission or buy in breed specific ‘tops’ or fleece for spinning – we use our own and this is because most commercially scoured ‘tops’ contain on average 60% of other ‘like fibres’.  

We have our own sheeps fleece washed, and have it spun and dyed in Yorkshire. Taking the raw fleece through this process is by no means simple or inexpensive, but doing so ensures our wool is 100% Wensleydale and Bluefaced Leicester.

Is there some feedback from your customers?

Yes - please see our FAQ's and take a look at this review in 'Knit Now' a well loved UK knitting magazine.  I had no idea that this review was taking place so I believe this is a true reflection of the quality of our wool.  You can see from the table at the bottom that Home Farm scored 100%!  

Our wool scored first - higher than WYS (West Yorkshire Spinners), Erika Knight, Stylecraft, Fyberspates and Sublime.  Yay!!

Does it wash in a washing machine? 

Our wool is pure wool and so you must use the ‘wool wash’ setting on your washing machine.  

Wool garments will retain their shape because our wool is uniform fibres from the same breed - which will not shrink or distort.  Many blended wools have a mixed fibre base and each fibre wants to move in its own direction. 

Our wool is entirely untreated, we do not use any plastic (acrylic, poly-amide or superwash).

Do you ship worldwide?

Yes. We regularly ship wool across Europe, North America, South America, Australasia, India and China. There is no mark-up on shipping, we only charge the fee of posting.   

Can I visit the farm?

Absolutely, it’s the best way to appreciate the quality of the wool, and our process. We are situated near excellent farmhouses and local pubs/ hotels, all offering quality accommodation and food. Please do stop by as part of your trip through the Cotswolds!

There are a number of walks across our farm, so call in for map, have a walk around the surrounding area and look at the wool over a cup of tea.

Can everything be purchased online?

We list our most popular items online, but we are happy to take requests to fulfil your special project.  So if you need something that isn’t on our website, do please get in touch. 

Can I purchase a whole fleece?

For me to sell an entire fleece would be uneconomical for both you and I.  For you there would be too much work to clean and utilise the dirty skirting from a longwool fleece whereas my professional scourers can easily clean this fibre and it makes lovely wool.  Therefore, I sell only the prime parts of the fleece but you can order any amount.

What is your discount policy?

Our focus is on producing the best possible fleece and ensuring the highest standards of welfare, not on making a profit. We believe our products are priced extremely fairly considering the values by which we run the farm. As such, we are unable to offer discounts.