Perhaps counting sheep works for some people but hotelier Andrew Wildsmith is convinced that sleeping on a mattress made from local Lake District wool is more certain of producing the perfect night’s sleep for his guests.
Wildsmith, owner of Wildsmith Hotels – Hipping Hall, near Kirkby Lonsdale, The Ryebeck, Bowness and soon to open Forest Side, Grasmere – has commissioned Harrison Spinks to produce a range of bespoke Herdwick wool beds.
Family firm Harrison Spinks, based in Yorkshire, has been manufacturing luxury mattresses since 1840 and is a founder member of the Sleep Council, committed to designing beds that promote a better quality of sleep.
Wildsmith has worked with Harrison Spinks to create ‘The Westmorland’ a range of bespoke Herdwick wool filled beds.
Herdwick sheep are an iconic breed, synonymous with the Lake District, their wool is hard-wearing and extremely versatile, perfectly suited for use in the manufacture of beds and mattresses.
The wool produced by Herdwick’s is naturally springy and supportive, and has anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities, making it ideal for asthma or allergy sufferers.
Wildsmith said: ‘’As a hotelier I am keen to champion British wool, especially Herdwick, I firmly believe in supporting this local iconic breed and in turn the craftspeople who turn this unique product into something practical, comfortable and totally sustainable.
“Farming locally reduces carbon usage and wool is fully recyclable at the end of a product’s life, a factor which is extremely important in the hospitality industry given that we regularly need to replace beds and other soft furnishings on a regular basis.
“If we can all use natural materials as much as possible we support both our local economy and help to maintain our beautiful landscape in the long run.’’