29th May 2021
Moving House and Meet the Team
A change is as good as a move…
The Wool Company was born soon after we moved back to Cornwall after twenty years out of the County. In the depths of a cold wet December, we bought the remains of a run-down farmhouse and a few acres of impenetrable weeds on the edge of Bodmin Moor.
It took only a winter in our freezing, draughty stone farmhouse to discover the amazing benefits of mohair on our feet. Mohair is warmer than sheep's wool and for many reasons makes the perfect yarn for seriously comfortable, warm socks. The children didn't much appreciate my reluctance to buy heating oil and became great fans of their "momos", the Kid Mohair Explorer children’s socks we designed when we started the business.
Higher Hill Farm has been our home and our inspiration since. However, as the business has grown, our need for space meant things had become a bit cramped with new sheepskins, packing stations and customer service lines all vying for position.
Our farm location, close to our Angora goats and our primitive Manx Loaghtan sheep, was only a 15 second commute, but lorry drivers were often intimidated by our tiny rural lanes, and satnavs would infamously maroon them, usually pointing down the wrong dead-end road, with nowhere to turn around...
Time for Change
The time had come to embrace change: so we’ve moved all of 6 miles into a shiny new warehouse and office in Callywith Gate, on the edge of Bodmin.
We're now just off the A30, so aside from space, the benefits are many: Less delivery trucks squeezing round the lanes, light airy offices for our wonderful team instead of a converted piggery full of spiders (and worse) to operate out of, and of course much more of the world’s finest fibres from stock. Best of all, it means we finally have space for a small retail outlet shop.
So, if you’re one of the (many) people coming to Cornwall on holiday this year, please stop off on the way to pick up a picnic rug or on the way home for a sheepskin or a pashmina to remember your holiday by. It'll last longer than beach tat!
The shop is still a work in progress (pics will follow), so if you're planning to drop in on us , please do call first on 01208 821113 so we can come to the door and welcome you properly any time on weekdays from 10am - 5pm.
Meet the Team
As we’re talking about our new home, we thought it was high time you met the team. So we’ll be doing an occasional series of profiles of the unique Cornish folk behind the world’s finest fibres, beginning with Evie.
Evie Manning, Warehouse Manager
Where are your two favourite views or spots in Cornwall...
On the coast?
Away from the crowds?
Any cliff top on a clear day, but particularly Park Head to Porth Mear Valley.
What do you do and where to you go to relax?
Usually Padstow to see family or to have lunch with girl friends. Tregirls Beach to walk, swim, sunbathe.
above Tregirls Beach, near Padstow
What do you listen to in your car?
Morcheeba, Elbow, Nickelback, Mumford and Sons and Harry Styles.
What’s your most memorable story about The Wool Company?
If you could have anything from the Wool Company what would it be? What’s your favourite product?
I have most of the things I love from here. Sheepskins, definitely sheepskins, mohair socks. I have a wool pillow, I don't sleep on anything else, I have the merino mattress topper, and and a camel a wool duvet, I also have the sheep doorstop! If I could take something else home today it would either be one of the new merino lambswool blankets or a large bean bag to snuggle in (if I can keep the dogs out of it).
What are you passionate about?
Life generally... I love the changing colours of landscapes, I love dramatic stormy skies and the colours and light they bring. Being happy and helping everyone around me to be happy too.
Oh and spring flowers, snow drops, bluebells, primroses, I love a woodland scene with a carpet of bluebells that is my absolute favorite sight. Standing on a cliff top looking out to sea with the wind blowing gently.
What in the world do you want to change most?
The thing I understand least...
This May has seen the strangest weather in Cornwall. So wherever you are, stay warm.