Meet our alpacas, experiences their characters, learn how to care for them, or invite them to your event.
In the words of our guests....
"Alpacas may look a bit like a long necked sheep, a tall wooly goat or even a sheep crossed with a horse but having met them today, they're a whole entire vibe of their own 😀 I get the hype now! They have a charming inquisitiveness about them, they're full of character and if you're lucky enough to get chosen for a stroke, their wool is incredibly soft. Listen out for the snuffly noises they make whilst they potter around too. Fabulous animals."
All of our alpaca walk bookings are private and by appointment only. Why? Well, it means we can create 100% bespoke sessions for you and your group.
Our 1 hour sessions give you the chance to learn a little bit about alpacas before taking a leisurely walk through our fields, just outside Ashbourne Derbyshire. Alpaca walks will make for an unforgettable experience for all the family with plenty of opportunities for that perfect photo so you can remember the day forever.
Our alpaca walking experiences include a chance to meet all of our 13 alpacas, feed our female alpacas and ask questions, before taking our boys for a walk through the fields.
We are conveniently positioned almost equal distance between Ashbourne, Derby, Carsington and Belper, making a visit to meet our herd a great addition to a day out or an evening treat.
Keeping you safe during your visit
As well as making sure you enjoy your time with us and our herd of alpacas, it is equally important that you are safe.
Please take a few moment to look at the information below to make sure you understand the information.
Are alpacas safe?
Alpacas are generally very calm animals during the walk. The fields we use for our experiences are the fields they call home so there shouldn't be any surprises for them.
But, please be aware they are animals and so do not always follow the script so may occasionally jump if something scares them.
What should we wear?
All of our experiences take place outdoors so please dress appropriately for the great British summer and walking in a field.
That means bring a jacket and wear shoes you can walk around a grassy, lumpy field.
You can not use an umbrella during your experience.
Very flappy clothing is also not advised.
Can I hug your alpacas?
Can I bring ...
Whilst alpacas are awesomely soft and fluffy, they do not like to be hugged the way teddy bear would.
So as to not spook them it is best to move calmly around them and they may sniff your hands and face once they are comfortable with you.
When they have their headcollars on they will let you stroke their necks, but please do not touch their heads, ears or fluffy butts.
There are some things you cannot bring with you including:
However you can definitely bring:
- A camera
- Warm clothes
- Questions and curiosity
- Field friendly footware
What facilities do you have?
What about COVID-19?
During your experience you will get hands on with our alpacas, feeding them or stroking them so we have a mobile hand wash station available.
Unfortunately we do not have a visitors toilet available.
Staff are undertaking regular lateral flow tests to monitor our own health and should any staff member receive a positive result all walks will be rescheduled during our isolation period.
We ask that if you or someone you are in close contact with receives a positive result or begins to show symptoms, that you contact us as soon as possible to reschedule your experience.
During your experience we will be outdoors and we can social distance. All our bookings are limited to one group so you will only be with people you know.
Should the restrictions change, we will contact you ASAP if this impacts your experience.
Weddings and Events
Looking for something to keep your guests talking about your special day for years to come? Alpacas could be that special addition to your day.
Whether you are looking for unforgettable and truly unique photographs, or something to entertain guests, we can tailor a package to suit your day.
No two weddings are the same and at Candleford Cottage we want your day to be extra special, so from our first no obligation video call, through to set up, everything can be adapted to suit you.
If there is something we can do to make your day perfect, don't hesitate to get in touch.
Photographer: Gina Fernandes Photography
Planning a wedding can be a minefield of options and Pinterest ideas, so to help get things started we have created three packages.
All our packages can be adapted to suit your day, so think of them as a starting point rather than a strict menu. Plus with every booking, you will receive a free walk to give you and your partner the chance to meet our boys before the big day and make sure you are happy around them.
All of our packages can be tailored to suit your day. From adjusting the length of time, to coordinating head collar colours and petting area decoration with your theme.
Whichever package you choose we will work closely with you and your venue to make sure everything is perfect.
Childhood Sweethearts - Haarlem Mill
As featured in Save the Date
A scarecrows wedding is a children’s book by Julia Donaldson, and provided the inspiration for a photoshoot held at Haarlem Mill. The photoshoot was arranged by Abby and was pulled together with the help of some wonderful local suppliers, bringing to life a beautiful, intimate, tale of love.
Organiser - @you_me_and_george Venue - @haarlemmill
Photographer - @ginafernandesphotography Videographer - @ratherlovelyfilms
Stylist - @twoeightoneltd Florist - @polkadotflorist_
Stationary - @wildcalligraphygb Cake - @redrobincakery
Dress - @graciebleubridal Veil - @eludesigns
Alpacas - @candleford_alpacas Models - @nottinghammodelcouple
Bridal make up masterclass taught by - @rubyjbeauty