Welcome to Moor View Alpacas, we specialise in rare breed animals and unique products.
We are currently OPEN as a COVID safe business.
Living the Dream - where we started
When Stuart and Emma signed the papers for the farm most of our friends and family thought we were mad and most of them also thought a farm was the last place they would find me (Emma), especially as I had studied Theatre and Performance at University rather than Agriculture.
However we were living in Plymouth and the council decided to put an incinerator opposite our house. So after campaigning against it for 2 years we put the house on the market and started work on finding some land. We had done a lot of research on which animals we would like to have on the farm and it was always a given we would have some pigs and some tame lambs to provide ourselves with meat, and that we would grow our own veg. However that hasn't been so successful as I can only grow stinging nettles, so we are glad that our parents can help on that front.
We had been looking at a great book called Field to Farm which is often said to be the bible for small holders and farms who are starting out. After reading this we had decided we wanted to go for either Ostriches or Alpacas. Not being able to find any Ostrich parks around to visit and after finding that we needed a dangerous animals licence and very high fences we thought Ostrich`s probably weren't for us.
In August 2011 we found a couple who were selling their Alpaca herd. Adrian and Sajla Armstrong from Thistledown Alpacas invited us into their lives and after meeting the Alpacas for the first time I was in love. I am sure all people who have animals remember the first time they saw them and fell in love with them. Stuart was also very keen and having spent some time with the animals we were really lucky that Sajla and Adrian agreed to sell us their animals. So we put down a deposit pretty much straight away and then spent most of our summer at their house.
We then had a herd of 16 Alpacas and nowhere to live with them.
After spending a long time searching the Cornish countryside for an affordable piece of land that we could also live on, eventually we found 10.5 acres with a small barn and a lovely park home on it which meant we had somewhere to live.
We moved into the farm on Bodmin Moor on the 28th October 2011 well actually our 4 pigs moved in first then we moved in. On the 22nd of November the Alpacas moved onto site amongst a lot of drama including Stuart's Mum ending up in hospital with a broken hip.
Moor View Alpacas was Born.
We spent most of the first 6 months putting up fences and shelters and quickly discovered we needed more space so started working on the site. Since then we have been working hard on our animals and our site and promoting the business as a great place to get animals and Alpaca knit wear , as well as our other animals including our sheep and pigs.
Our aim is to have a diverse and interesting business where we welcome people.
Living the Dream- Present
In 2014 we imported our Valais blacknose sheep from Switzerland. We loved these sheep so much that we brought 2 lots in from Switzerland. The sheep have been very popular and successful. They have really put us on the map and we get hundreds of enquiries a week about these beautiful sheep.
They are a very special breed and are docile and friendly.
In October 2015 we managed to achieve our goal of getting planning permission and have started building our own house. The footings have been dug and the shell is now up...
We have had a very busy year launching our new hot food business and our new knitwear brand Moor Baby which is luxury knitwear brand designed for babies.
In 2018 we launched our Alpaca trekking experiences in conjunction with Ninestones farmhouse, trekking with our lovely Alpacas up through Bodmin moor with stunning views and a complementary cream tea at the end.
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