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  1. Why we love Devon

    Why we love Devon

    We know how lucky we are to be based in Devon! When our founders, Dick and Pauline, left their busy international careers 12 years ago, they decided to settle on Dartmoor because they loved the area and wanted to enjoy all its natural beauty and the outdoor lifestyle.

    When they developed their idea for Devon Duvets and started to grow the company, production was moved to an area just outside Plymouth, close to the edge of the moor. At that point, we found another reason to love Devon. We discovered that there are many talented seamstresses who live here and now work with us, putting love and care into handcrafting each of our duvets, pillows and mattress toppers. It makes us very proud to be able to say that our filled bedding products are 100% made in Devon!

    So…Devon is beautiful and has talent but that’s not all!

    Tors, clotted cream, fudge and sheep are usually the things most often associated with Devon, but it is also a county that is full of other enterprising businesses that have based themselves here. We thought we’d share some information on some of our favourites.

    • First up is Twool, an Ashburton-based company that uses wool from Whiteface Dartmoor sheep to make wool twine (perfect for traditional garden use but also great for wrapping gifts), caps, bags and dog leads. Like us, Twool supports British farmers, and has placed responsible sourcing and sustainability at the heart of its business.
    • ViSpring are based just down the road from us and they are manufacturers of high-quality beds. They also make wonderful mattresses, using natural materials, such as cotton and wool. One of their most luxurious mattresses is created using hand teased Devonshire wool.
    • Continuing on the bed theme, Bakare (also based very close to us), make award-winning electric beds, including special needs beds and cots and mobility beds.
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  2. Seven Reasons for Choosing a Devon Duvets Wool Duvet

    Seven Reasons for Choosing a Devon Duvets Wool Duvet

    When Devon Duvets was founded back in 2010, we had already made the decision to make wool duvets the focus of our business. Since then, we have gone on to develop other products, but our wool duvets have remained the most popular throughout the years. Beautifully soft, deliciously snuggly in winter, yet cool in summer, wool is a wonderful natural product that turns a duvet into a slice of sleep heaven!

    Thousands of happy customers have already discovered the benefits of a wool duvet but if you’re still pondering if it’s the right choice for your bed, here’s seven reasons to consider a Devon Duvets wool duvet.

    1. Wool is Natural and Sustainable

    In the same way that our hair grows, wool fleece continuously grows and so sheep need shearing to relieve them before it becomes too heavy. We only ever use 100% British wool in our wool duvets, certified by the British Wool organisation – and we only ever use wool from live sheep that have been shorn in the traditional way in spring or summer, when the fleece has grown long over the winter. Our wool is washed (known as ‘scouring’) in British mills without the use of bleaches or chemicals, so our wool duvets are 100% natural.

    2. Wool is Breathable and Temperature Regulating

    As a natural fibre, wool is breathable. This means that, unlike synthetic materials, it will work with your body temperature, retaining heat when you are cold, but releasing heat if you get too warm. Your wool duvet will also work with the ambient temperature in your bedroom, helping to keep you warm if your bedroom is cool, but also radiating heat away from your body in the warmer months. Wool also wicks away moisture. This makes it the ideal duvet filling for temperature regulation and especially if you suffer from ‘night sweats’.

    3. Wool is Wonderfully Soft

    Once our wool has been washed, it is then needled to our exacting specifications, to trap air and create loft. This results in soft, fluffy layers of wool, that are then encased in high quality, 260 thread count 100% natural cotton. As the wool is in layers, it cannot move around inside the duvet casing and so your duvet will drape gently around your body, creating a luxurious sleeping environment.

    4. Wool is Hypoallergenic

    Wool is naturally resistant to dust mites and the build-up of micro bacteria, which makes it perfect if you suffer from allergies or asthma. The washing process at the mill also removes virtually all the lanolin from the wool, so you are left with wool fibres that are anti-allergy.

    5. Wool is Naturally Flame Retardant

    When compared to many other common materials, especially synthetics such as polyester or nylon, wool is naturally fire retardant.

    6. Wool is Environmentally Friendly

    Because wool is a natural product, it will biodegrade harmlessly into the environment, when the time comes to replace your duvet. The cotton casing we make is also 100% natural, so that will biodegrade harmlessly too!

    7. Our Wool Duvets are 100% British Made

    All of our wool comes from British farmers, which means we are supporting farming in the UK. Then when you take into account that our wool is cleaned here in the UK, this means we are able to minimise our carbon footprint. We put a lot of love and care into the making of our duvets; each and every one is individually handcrafted by our brilliant seamstresses, here in our Devon workshops. We have a team of seamstresses, packers and dispatchers, plus our sales team – so we are also providing jobs for people who live in our area,

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  3. This Christmas, Give Yourself the Gift of a Little “Me Time”

    This Christmas, Give Yourself the Gift of a Little “Me Time”

    This past year has a been a particularly challenging one for all of us. That’s why this Christmas you deserve the gift of a little “me time”. It’s important for your mental health and wellbeing that you take time out of your busy schedule to relax and unwind, and that’s why we’ve put together a few tips on the best ways to de-stress this winter.

    With social distancing still very much in effect, we’ve decided on a few of our favourite relaxing pastimes that you can do from the comforts of your own home.

     

    • Make time for that book you’ve been meaning to read. We all love to escape to another world and reading is the perfect way to do just this! We normally all have a book or two that we’ve been meaning to read and just haven’t had the time – so try and make the time! Find a nice cosy corner and tuck yourself away with a good book.
    • Watch your favourite film. With Christmas fast approaching, perhaps it’ll be your festive favourite film t
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  4. The Story of Devon Duvets is back on TV

    The Story of Devon Duvets is back on TV

    We’re delighted that the programme telling the story of Devon Duvets is back on TV and being aired several times over the coming days! It all began in 2010, when Dick and Pauline Beijen left their busy international careers behind and bought a smallholding on Dartmoor. Keen to live a more sustainable, self-supporting lifestyle, they were soon crafting natural products to sell, and were discussing the possibility of making wool filled duvets with other local farmers.

    It was at this point that they were discovered by the hugely popular TV presenter, Monty Don, who asked the couple if they would feature in the first episode of his new series ‘My Dream Farm’. Monty Don was so excited by Dick and Pauline’s idea to make wool filled duvets that he introduced them to the buyers in the bedding department of John Lewis and it wasn’t long before the idea became a reality and the seamstresses in our Devon-based workshops were working hard to create, first, our 100% British wool duvets an

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  5. Why we would like to share our October newsletter with you

    Why we would like to share our October newsletter with you

    We know that not all of you who read our blogs are signed up to our newsletters, so we thought we’d share it here. Our newsletters are a mix of our latest news, behind the scenes insights, details about new products, as well as any members-only competitions.

    Autumn is definitely here! On Dartmoor, very close to where we are based - and where Devon Duvets was founded - the colours are simply glorious. The trees have turned gold and orange and the bracken (also turning orange) stands out against the, still vibrant, green grass on the tors. In the early morning, pockets of mist hover in the valleys and there is a distinct chill in the air.

    This is the time of year for changing to a warmer tog duvet, to make us feel cosy and comfortable at night, and we’ve received an unprecedented number of customers who have been busy ordering their warmer duvets. It’s also been wonderful to be able to work closely with the British Wool organisation, who represent British farmers, in order to keep a steady flow of wool coming into our workshops for turning into duvets, toppers and pillows!

    ONE…TWO…THREE!

    The good old days of duvet hogging - because one of you prefers to be toasty warm whilst the other likes a nice cool bed - are over! It’s goodbye to leaving your partner shivering in the cold because your ‘night sweats’ have made you throw off the duvet (and put it back on again) at regular intervals through the night. 

    With ‘Three’, the patented duvet combination from Devon Duvets, the UK’s famous manufacturer of handcrafted bedding, it really is as simple as one…two…THREE!

    Devon Duvets have come up with a way to marry up any combination of duvet sections, in terms of weight or filling. Step One is for you to choose a duvet section with your preferred filling and tog equivalent. Step Two is for your partner to choose theirs. Step Three is to join two duvets sections seamlessly together as one big duvet inside a duvet cover. Now each of you has the perfect duvet that’s been handcrafted just for you, but you can still share one big duvet! Find out more

    SILK

    Silk has been made for thousands of years and was once considered so luxurious that it was exclusively used to make clothes for the rulers of China and their high-ranking nobles. A beautiful 100% natural fibre that feels wonderful, is breathable and temperature regulating, it made sense for us to add it to our range of other natural products.

    We’ve chosen a sustainable type of Mulberry silk for our duvets. When Mulberry silk is woven into fabric for high quality garments, the fabric has to be cut to standard widths. Rather than throwing away (and therefore wasting) the remaining silk fibres, they are ‘teased out’ and needled to create a beautifully soft filling for our duvets. Our silk is washed without using chemicals or bleaches, so is eco-friendly and safe. Each of our Mulberry silk duvets is individually handcrafted by our brilliant seamstresses, with the 100% Mulberry silk fibre filling encased in 260 thread count 100% natural cotton to create a soft, cloud-like duvet. You can find more details on our website.

    PAULINE’S BLOG

    When our founders Dick and Pauline left their busy international careers, moving to Devon with their two children and founding Devon Duvets, Pauline’s love of ‘all things natural’ became the central focus of her n

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  6. Double up on a Cosy Night’s Sleep this Winter

    Double up on a Cosy Night’s Sleep this Winter

    The cold weather has arrived, prompting us to start thinking about those winter warmers that we love so much. Tasty veggie soup, log fires burning, hot chocolate with marshmallows, woolly socks, and, of course, cuddling up in your favourite duvet at night. Now that it’s time to get out those winter duvets, you might be looking to invest in a new snuggly, warmer tog duvet for these colder months - and we have some great options available.

    Our wool duvets are made with certified 100% British wool and are individually handcrafted by our talented seamstresses here, in Devon. Each one is made with love and care, so that you’ll experience a ‘wrapped in comfort’ sleep. What’s more, wool is naturally breathable and temperature regulating, and as it is resistant to dust mites, it’s also hypoallergenic – all helping you to get a more restful night.

    We’ve recently introduced our Extra Warm duvet sets – and these give you three options for year-round flexibility. Each Extra Warm set comes with a medium weight (600gm) 100% British wool duvet that can be used on its own for Autumn and Winter, and a comfortable lightweight (300gsm) 100% British wool duvet that will be ideal for those warmer months. However, if you are looking to top up the snuggle factor in Winter, both duvets come with ties, so you can double them up, to create up to 20 togs of duvet bliss! The ties will also help keep the two duvets securely together inside your duvet cover.

    Our Extra Warm sets are available in Single size through to Emperor and offer a saving compared to buying the two duvets separately. We also offer interest free finance, through SplitIt, so you can spread your payments. 

    And…one final word about comfort this winter. If you purchase one of our wool duvets or duvet sets, then you qualify for 50% off our beautiful 450 thread count white 100% PIMA cotton bedlinen. So maybe it’s time to treat yourself to a new duvet cover as well!

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  7. Good Housekeeping Voted Our Wool Mattress Topper as the Best!

    Good Housekeeping Voted Our Wool Mattress Topper as the Best!

    Mattress toppers are great for adding an extra layer of cosy comfort to your bed, providing a nice thick layer that will give you additional support and help you to achieve a better night’s sleep. Additionally, toppers help to extend the life of your mattress as they reduce the pressure on your mattress springs and lessen the amount of general wear.

    Most mattresses need to be turned regularly to prolong their life and ensure you are getting the best support for your body, but this isn’t always achievable for everyone. If you are able to flip or turn a mattress topper this presents a much easier option, as well as helping the topper to keep its shape through even settlement of the materials.

    Mattress toppers come in a variety of materials and fillings, and you’ll want to ensure you choose the right one for your needs. Good Housekeeping recently revealed their 10 best mattress toppers, all of which were Tried and Tested by the highly respected Good Housekeeping Institute - and we’re proud to say that not only was one of our mattress toppers in their top ten picks, but it was awarded Best Wool Mattress Topper!

    Each one of our gorgeous wool toppers is individually handcrafted by our expert seamstresses at our Devon workshops. We only ever use certified 100% British wool, encased in 100% natural brushed cotton. They do not contain any bonding agents, glues or synthetic liners and our wool is not cleaned with any bleaches or chemicals. So, from top to toe – you’ll be sleeping on something that’s 100% natural!

    Breathable and temperature regulating, your topper will keep you nice and snug when it’s cold but will also radiate any heat away from your body during the warmer months, helping to keep you cool.  Another great plus point is that our toppers are hypoallergenic too, as wool is resistant to dust mites and the built-up of micro bacteria.

    Our wool toppers feature elastic straps that slip over the corners of your mattress, so it won’t slide around but means that you can turn it regularly, top to bottom, side to side or upside down. Keeping your topper nice a

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  8. From Sheep to Sleep

    From Sheep to Sleep

    We’re proud to say that our award-winning certified 100% British wool duvets are handcrafted here in the beautiful county of Devon. If you’ve ever wondered about the journey that our wool goes on - from the sheep all the way to providing you with a better night’s sleep - then let us fill you in.

    Our wool only ever comes from live sheep bred by British farmers and we only accept wool that has been shorn during the spring and summer. This is when the sheep require shearing to keep them cool and happy during the warmer temperatures. All of our wool is certified by British Wool so we know we’re helping to support British farmers.

    The wool is then scoured in British mills, without using any chemicals or bleaches, to ensure that all of the natural properties are left intact. This means that when you snuggle up at night in our bedding, you can be confident that it’s just as nature intended and kinder on your skin.

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  9. Why it is important for your little one to get a good sleep

    Why it is important for your little one to get a good sleep

    We all need to sleep, it’s a fundamental part of our lives and essential to keep us happy and healthy. However, sleep is especially important for children, as it directly impacts their physical and mental development. There are many studies that show children who sleep well each night are better equipped to handle the day ahead, with improved attention, memory and behaviour.

    As children flock back to school for the new term, now more than ever, you’ll want to ensure that your child is tucked up and sleeping as soundly as possible. The amount of sleep recommended for children varies depending on their age, so be sure to check out how much sleep your little one should be getting in order for you to choose the perfect bedtime for them.

    The NHS recommends that a relaxing bedtime routine should be followed each night, such as giving your child a warm bath, dim lighting to settle them and quiet activities once in bed, such as reading or listening to music. It’s also best that you don’t allow any screens in your child’s room at bedtime, so avoid the use of smart phones or tablets.

    A quiet, cool environment is best for achieving a restful night, and ensure that the room isn’t too light. It can be difficult to keep your child cool as children are less able to regulate their own body temperatures. However, our Little Lana range of certified 100% British wool children’s duvets can help with this as they are naturally breathable and can help with temperature regulation.*

    Our children’s bedding range is handcrafted and is also made with 100% natural products, so there won’t be any harsh chemicals on your child’s skin. Additionally, the hypoallergenic qualities of our wool duvets and pillows help to relieve the symptoms of allergies and asthma, letting your little one breathe easier at night.

     

    *We advise that you monitor your child’s temperature to ensure they do not become overheated. Although wool can assist in temperature regulation, parental supervision is always required, particularly for small children. Health professionals recommend maintaining a regular room temperature of 16°C to 18°C and that a thermometer is kept in your child’ bedroom to monitor the room temperature. Duvets are only suitable from 12 months upwards and pillows are not recommended for children under 2 years of age.

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  10. Our bespoke mattress toppers will provide a slice of sleep heaven for your VDUB or RV

    Our bespoke mattress toppers will provide a slice of sleep heaven for your VDUB or RV

    At Devon Duvets, we’ve been making beautiful, handcrafted certified 100% British wool mattress toppers for over eight years and for thousands of customers who wanted that extra little bit more comfort on top of their mattress. 

    Strange though it may seem, as well as being gorgeously soft and comfy, our wool mattress toppers can also help to keep you cool when it’s hot and warm when it’s cold - and this is down to the fact that wool is breathable and works with your natural body temperature as well as the temperature of your bedroom.

    That got us thinking about beds in recreational vehicles. Our owners, Dick and Pauline are keen travellers and have their own converted VW Transporter. They wanted to make their sleep experience even better whilst travelling, so asked one of our experienced seamstresses to create a mattress topper that would fit their customised bed unit. 

    In addition to crafting a special size topper, the seamstresses had to include specially cut are

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