A little about us
We are Doug and Sam Steen and with our Alpacas we run Teesdale Alpacas - an Alpaca farm based in the beautiful Durham Dales near to the recently (in)famous Barnard Castle - more about us a little later...
Why are we here on Crowdfunder?
Normally at this time of year we would be busy busy busy with our alpaca treks, farm visits, events like our trips up to Beamish Museum and watching over a few weddings :-) but you've guessed it - we aren't able to do any of that. We do have some wonderful Alpaca products but also some hungry Alpacas (and a few vets bills too). Here's Vic - he likes his food!
Unfortunately we don't qualify for any assistance or grants from the government so although our income has virtually vanished no-one has told our Alpacas and Llamas that they need to reign in their extravagant living! Luckily for us we already have some fantastic Alpaca products...Hats, Scarves, Throws, Wraps, Teddy Bears and more...
So we would like to offer you a selection of very special deals so you too can experience the fabulous, beautifully soft Alpaca now and look forward to visiting us (depending on your chosen offer) when all this Covid (there I said it!) unpleasantness has reduced.
A bit more about us as promised!
Team Teesdale Alpacas - two hard working members and a bunch of lazy alpacas...
We are a husband and wife team who started with some 'pet' Alpaca boys 12 years ago having been fortunate enough to buy a small farm in the beautiful Teesdale countryside; shortly afterwards we bought our first Alpaca girls and now have a herd of 65 including some Llama girls and boys. Five years ago we started running Alpaca trekking where we basically go for a little wander about with some of our boys (only the ones who are happy to do it of course). We also attend outside events like Beamish Museum (one of our favourites!) and a few weddings where the alpacas can keep an eye on the guests. Our priorities are the health, welfare and happiness of our animals whilst of course making sure all our guests get a fab visit, and a chance to get to know our Alpacas up close and personal.
We also manage the production and design of our own Alpaca products and focus on woven 100% British Alpaca cloth, hats, throws and scarves. We engaged the Merrythought Teddy Bear company to make us a very limited number of teddies out of our Alpaca fabric - we just love our teddies and it is great to showcase the Alpaca in this way. Here are some of our teds posing and one of our girls, Sunrise, checking brown ted out while he's being distracted by the camera (all the teds love getting their photo taken!)
We are very environmentally conscious and this year committed to plant trees to offset the carbon for all our guests travel to us and home again for the visits and treks. Our farm is a regular breeding area for migratory birds inc Curlew (on the conservation Red List), Oystercatcher (Amber List), Lapwing (Red List), Redstart (Amber List), Little Owls are regulars as well as Tawnys and occasionally Barn Owls.
Take a look at our video which shows you what a fabulous area we live in - always stunning scenery whatever the weather!
Our plans for the future:
Prior to the lock-down we had been about to kick off a planning application for a resource building; somewhere our visitors could grab a cup of coffee and browse our products as well as a space for holding workshops, training courses and team builds (all run under the watchful eyes of our fuzzy friends!!) As it stands, the money to create this is being used for day to day expenses - not quite what we planned. With a little luck and your help we'll still be able to make this happen although it will probably be next year now :-(
Additionally we are completing coursework for two training courses from CEVAS (Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme) to allow us to host educational visits and therapeutic events with the CEVAS accreditation.
Our products are made just for us in very limited runs using only British Alpaca and all made in the UK by proper craftspeople so we only have a few of each available. We are offering a limited number of these at a great discount to our normal prices only for the duration of this funding and only here on Crowdfunder. We will endeavour to post items as soon as we can but clearly there are some issues with deliveries to some places. All our offers are only available to UK addresses, however if you wish something for overseas please do get in touch directly. Vouchers are usually valid for one year from purchase and all you need to do is to contact us with some dates and we'll check our diary for availability.
Important note about our vouchers for visits and treks:
Our vouchers are valid for a year, we book on a first come first served basis. We only run the visits and treks when the weather is suitable ie not in the pouring rain or blowing a gale! We limit the number of treks so our animals don't get over used so we cannot usually squeeze in extras especially in the busy summer months. Clearly, we are closed due to the pandemic and we cannot be sure when we will be able to reopen; we will only reopen when we feel happy and confident we can give you the experience we pride ourselves on and this may be later than others. We will not penalise any voucher holders for such circumstances of course. We want you to have a lovely time with our alpacas and hope you will find it well worth waiting for. Our website has T&C's for our treks but please ask us if you have any queries. Children under 12 will need to share with a responsible adult and children twelve or over will need an accompanying adult either as part of the voucher or as a paying additional person.
Baseball Caps - £40 (23% Off)
We have now added a small number of our baseball caps (we only had a few made) Available in our Brown and grey Alpaca cloth. Normally £52 this is as low as we can go - only at this price on Crowdfunder.
Various sizes available 2 small brown check 5 small grey and 5 large grey available as of 21 June.
Golden Tickets - £120 (33% Off)
We have created what we call a Golden Ticket (named after one of our little Alpaca girls) - these Golden tickets represent outstanding value and will allow you and some friends to spend some extra quality time with our Alpacas and Llamas.
Valid for 1 year & only available on Crowdfunder. These entitle you plus 5 others (children must be 12+ and accompanied by a responsible adult) to spend a morning or afternoon (10 to 1pm or 2pm to 5pm). You will get an Alpaca trek just for you and a leisurely visit with our Alpaca/Llama girls where you can help feed them too. Only your party on farm so very special. Duration up to 3 hrs. Personalised tickets will be emailed - please let us know the name(s) you would like on your voucher and call us to discuss if there are special requirements eg. Mobility issues etc.
Your Golden Ticket Awaits!
Al-pac-a-lunch - £10
Buy our boys and girls a bag of feed and get a free Farm Visit for one person
Alpaca feed isn't the cheapest - it has to have a special balance of vitamins and minerals. It costs us over £10 per day to feed all our Alpacas and Llamas. If you would like you can help us feed them for a day. In return we'll send you (by email) a voucher for a Farm Visit (for 1) once we get back open, hopefully before the end of summer! If you can't visit just let us know and we can email you a photo of the gang having a good old chow down ;-)
All in a Spin: A drop spindle and our own fleece - £35
A drop spindle handmade locally together with some of our own raw unprocessed Alpaca (approx 200g) from our boys and girls.
Alpaca Adoption - £40
You can adopt one of our Alpacas - we only allow one adopter per Alpaca. We'll email a list of available Alpacas with pics for you to choose from, you plus one other can then come and visit them by appointment (visits up to one hour) when you'll receive an adoption certificate and a bio. Alpacas are available on a first come first served basis! You can adopt on behalf of a friend etc, just let us know. Adoption period is 1 year.
Alpaca Tweed Cloth and a Farm Visit for two people - £50 (38% off)
We'll send you (or you can pick up while you are here) a half meter double width piece of our grey check Alpaca tweed cloth for you to create something special - maybe a few face-masks, bandanna or a scarf . A beautifully soft 'drapey' fabric made for us in the Scottish borders. You'll also get an emailed voucher for a farm visit for two where we can explain what goes into the making of this lovely cloth..from the Alpaca to you! NB Pic shows the cloth and also a waistcoat made from it - you would need a little more than half a metre for that though! If you do buy multiples and wish the cloth sent as one piece please do get in touch and we will do that for you. We normally sell our cloth for £120 per metre so even if you don't want multiple vouchers this is a great deal.
Ladies Alpaca Hat and Farm Visit for 2 people - £65 (28% off)
You will receive one of our fabulous ladies hats made in Yorkshire just for us using our pure British Alpaca tweed and wax-cloth. Suitable for all occasions. Available in three different colours and in three sizes (S, M, L) - see the picture below. You will also get an emailed voucher for a farm visit for 2 people... All worth over £90. Sizes and colours while stock lasts - first come first served!
Training/Education Day for Two - £150 (Half Price)
If you are thinking about getting some Alpacas or are just keen to learn about them then this offer is for you! We'll take you through a day of all things Alpaca from 10am with a spot of lunch at our local Organics Cafe or a picnic lunch with the Alpacas, and finishing with an alpaca feed at 4pm. Normally £150 each this is a two for one deal! We'll also give you some sample fibre to take aware as an aide memoir and a little memento :-)
Teddy Bear plus a Trek for two - £162 (25% off)
Our fab Teds are made just for us by the famous Merrythought Company in Ironbridge using our pure British Alpaca cloth. Only 100 bears were commissioned and we are releasing 30 in this special offer. Each articulated bear stands approx 10" high, is individually numbered and comes in his own presentation box, Adoption certificate and is microchipped just like our alpacas. They even have a little alpaca scarf to keep them cosy. You will also receive a voucher for a trek for two. Normally this would cost £215!
Wrap/Shawl plus Farm Visit for two people - £90 (22% Saving)
Fringed Wrap (pure undyed alpaca) Only 7 available - please call for choice - examples below.
Scarf plus Farm Visit for two people - £90 (22% Saving)
Tailor made scarf - made from our pure alpaca cloth by Brookes Tailors right here in Barnard Castle - Only 4 available 1 x Fawn/Grey Check , 1 x Grey/White, Check 2 x Dark Fawn/Grey Large Check - Please call us to make your choice - first come first served !!