Monthly Archives: May 2022

  1. Tucked up and away at Dittisham Hideaway with Devon Duvets

    Tucked up and away at Dittisham Hideaway with Devon Duvets

    The Devon Duvets team is thrilled to be crafting our award-winning duvets for exclusive holiday destination, Dittisham Hideaway.

    Dittisham Hideaway is the latest venture from hotelier and entrepreneur, Peter de Savary and his wife Lana. The collection of Treehouses, five luxury Shepherds Huts and an original, but fully renovated, 1956 American Airstream, is tucked away in magical wooded valley with meadows and a stream, in the heart of the South Devon countryside. Perfect for couples or families, Dittisham Hideaway is also dog friendly.

    We’ve always been committed to making natural products that are as sustainable as possible, and so working with Dittisham Hideaway, whose focus is on providing their guests with a ‘close to nature’ experience, felt like the perfect match. We all agreed that there could not be a more appropriate duvet than ones made from beautiful 100% British wool, especially as Shepherds Huts are included in the choice of accommodation!

    It’s not just Dittisham Hideaway’s stunning location that brings guests close to nature - it is incorporated into the accommodation, each one of which has a high level of interior design, including artisan-crafted wood finishes and highlights, eco toiletries, its own private decking area with a traditional wood-fired cedar hot tub, hammock, and BBQ/outside dining area. Another specially included treat is the Welcome Hamper with tasty West Country produce. The gorgeously comfy beds have luxurious 100% cotton bedlinen and our award-winning, individually handcrafted, 100% British wool duvets. So, even when you’re tucked up in your bed, you’ll still be close to nature.

    Dittisham Hideaway offers woodland walk activities, eco car charging points, electric wheelbarrows for use during your stay and a dog welcome pack. The site is only 5 minutes from the village of Dittisham and the River Dart, with the historic towns of Dartmouth and Totnes close by.

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  2. One important thing we all have in common

    One important thing we all have in common

    Although we are all individuals, each of us with our own life journey, talents and quirks, we all have one very important thing in common. We all need our sleep. Sleep is critical for our wellbeing – physically, mentally and emotionally and is as vital to us now as it was thousands of years ago.

    We’ve found some great quotes about sleep, so thought we’d write a short blog and share them with you.

    “There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.” Homer, Greek Author

    “Even a soul submerged in sleep is hard at work and helps make something of the world.” Heraclitus, Greek Philosopher

    “A well-spent day brings happy sleep.” Leonardo da Vinci, Artist and Polymath

    “Sleep that soothes away all our worries. Sleep that puts each day to rest. Sleep that relieves the weary labourer and heals hurt minds. Sleep, the main course in life's feast, and the most nourishing.”  William Shakespeare, Poet and Playwright

    “Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.” Francis Bacon, Philosopher and Statesman

    “Laugh and the whole world laughs with you; snore and you sleep alone.” Anthony Burgess, British Novelist and Critic

    “When the going gets tough, the tough take a nap.” Tom Hodgkinson, British Writer

    “I tried counting sheep so I can fall asleep but that got boring, so I started talking to the shepherd instead.” Anonymous

    “Man is a genius when he is dreaming.” Akira Kurosawa, Japanese Film Director

    “Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” Thomas Dekker, Actor

    “Sleep is the best meditation.” Dalai Lama

    As handcrafters of beautiful soft filled bedding made with natural fibres, we particularly agree with interior designer, Bobby Berk when he said: “Spend money on your mattress and bedding because these things make a difference on your sleep and, u

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  3. Why we use BCI cotton

    Why we use BCI cotton

    Sustainability and responsible sourcing have been at the heart of Devon Duvets, since before we were even making our products, so we wanted to write a bit about the cotton fabric that we use for the casings for our 100% British wool and 100% British alpaca wool duvets.

    Our goal was to find a cotton fabric that was made with cotton grown as sustainably and ethically as possible. As cotton growing techniques and practices vary around the world, we also needed to find cotton that came from growers who were committed to good socio-economic principles and work conditions.

    Our research led us to the Better Cotton initiative, the world’s leading sustainability initiative for cotton. A non- profit organisation that was founded over 17 years ago, its mission is to help cotton communities survive and thrive, while protecting and restoring the environment. Education and support for these communities now means that nearly two million farmers, in 23 countries are now licensed to sell their cotton as ‘Better Cotton’.

    Here’s how Better Cotton works:

    Helping cotton farmers become more sustainable: farmers who take part in the Better Cotton initiative are given the knowledge, support and resources to grow cotton more sustainably. This includes improving soil health, better water management, and cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions.

    Helping farm workers: The Better Cotton programmes and producer organisations make farmers and farm workers a priority, helping to improve working conditions and achieve higher standards of living.

    Helping farming communities: Better Cotton’s education and social programmes help to confront inequalities and empower women.  

    Supporting civil society organisations that are connected to the cotton supply chain: The Better Cotton platform can be used by organisations that serve to continue the drive for more ethical and transpare

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  4. The History of Sleep

    The History of Sleep

    As the lyrics in Bob Dylan’s song states “Times, they are a changing” and throughout time, our sleep patterns have also changed. Historical research shows that there is a huge amount of evidence that people in Western societies used to sleep in two phases (biphasic); known as ‘first sleep’ and ‘second sleep’.

    Although we cannot be sure if this goes way back to prehistory, it has been discovered that from (at the very least) the time of Ancient Greece through to the nineteenth century, most people went to bed at around 9pm or 10am and slept for three to three and a half hours (‘first sleep’) waking after midnight for an hour or so, before settling back down for their second phase of sleep until dawn.

    The earliest written reference to this is in Homer’s Odyessy (written in the late eight/early seventh century BC) but other classical writers, such as Roman historian Livy and the Numidian Latin-language prose writer and philosopher, Apuleius, also refer to it.

    It wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution that single phases of sleep in Western societies began to evolve, and this was also likely to have been affected by the increase of artificial illumination, starting with gas and followed by electric lighting. By 1823, nearly 40,000 lamps lit more than 200 miles of London’s streets. This expanded into businesses and affluent households, where light from a lone gas light was twelve times as strong as that from a candle – but by the end of the nineteenth century was one hundred times more powerful.

    This slowly led to later bedtimes but did not seem to change the dawn rising time, causing more fatigue and heightening the drive for sleep. This would have encouraged people to make the change to going to bed and staying in bed so they could sleep continuously for a longer duration and get enough sleep, rather than sleeping in two phases. However, it wasn’t until the early twentieth century that one phase of sleeping was considered as normal.

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