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What you will find

Get a little taste of Peru  and discover all things alpaca and more in our family run unique two storey shop here at the gateway to the Lakes. The core collection is our range of ladies and men’s alpaca knitwear and accessories all made in Peru, the home of the alpaca. From hats, scarves and gloves to slippers and socks, we’ll keep you warm from head to toe. We have a collection of fun children’s cardigans illustrating scenes from everyday Peruvian life. They’re bright, bold and beautiful and children look adorable in them. There are accessories for the home too including striking alpaca fur rugs, alpaca throws, and cushion covers. Unearth the incredible skills of the Peruvian artisans in our gift range of hand-knitted alpacas, hand painted musical instruments and handmade fur teddy bears. It’s impossible to explain just how super-soft these are, you’ll have to come and have a feel for yourself!

We are stockists of premium brand Brax Feel Good. Known for their outstanding quality and as trouser specialists there are styles and fits to suit all as well as on-trend blouses, shirts, jumpers, and coats. There is wide range of quality leather bags, purses, belts and wallets too. We also showcase incredible sculptures from Harmonies in Wood created using wood and beautiful fused glass and striking wood turned bowls and vases by the renowned Tracy Owen. Discover a quirky range of accessories from Powder that all come with beautiful complementary packaging.

We have unique gifts for all that are sure to please.

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Tearoom

Homemade cakes and local coffee are at the very heart of our tearoom. Offering our signature cafetiere of coffee, often commented on as ‘the best in the Lakes!’. We also offer a variety of teas, hot chocolate (with all the trimmings if you wish!), and cold drinks. You won’t be able to resist a yummy slice of cake or even a fresh scone. Sit inside and admire the shop or relax outside in our new seating area.

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Our animals

Just a short distance from the shop you can walk to see our small herd of alpacas and a miniature donkey. There is no charge to see our animals but we do welcome donations which we alternate between The Donkey Sanctuary and The North Air Ambulance, two fantastic charities. In winter months the visiting times to our animals may stop around 3pm as it’s important they are inside in bad weather for warmth and protection.

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Opening Times

We are open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm including Bank Holidays.

We close over the Christmas period, usually at the close of Christmas Eve and re-opening early New Year.

Our other family business

We also have our other family business G&S Timber next door which has just undergone a major expansion and refurbishment with a larger showroom and shop to showcase their growing range of tools and manufactured hardwood products. They are also stockists of Little Greene paint and wallpaper and the only stockists in Cumbria to be able to mix paint on-site.

How to find us

Located between Penrith and Ullswater, we are easily reached, minutes from the M6 Junction 40 and just off the A66 or the A592. Follow the brown tourist signs for ‘The Alpaca Centre’.

We have a large free car park, toilets, and disabled access.

SAT NAV postcode CA11 0ES

Unfortunately we cannot have dogs in the shop or down to view the animals but you are more than welcome to leave them outside the shop under a shelter; we always have a bowl of water to hand too.

 

We look forward to seing you!