Smallholding Secrets

Contact name: Hayley Steel
Total bookings
over 2 years
with CraftCourses

Maker's bio

I spent much of my early childhood playing on my great grandmother's farm, dreaming of farming myself. My dreams came true when aged 13, my parents bought a smallholding in Carmarthenshire. As an adult, I worked in hospitality and then became a teacher, but was always anchored by the work on the smallholding. In 2021, I set up Smallholding Secrets to give others a taste of smallholding life and a chance to learn how to work with raw sheep and alpaca fleece by offering courses.

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Recent reviews

All maker's reviews
24 Oct 23'

Vicky reviewed: Peg loom weaving a seat pad

"Thank you so much Hayley for such a wonderful day. Myself and my husband had such a lovely time and are really pleased with the completed rugs. Hayley was patient, friendly, kind and provided excellent tuition for us first time weavers. The home made lunch and cakes were delicious and the setting is relaxing and peaceful.The whole experience was brilliant thank you so much x"

Smallholding Secrets responded:

" Thank you so much for your kind words. And, thank you for choosing to spend your anniversary with us. I had a lovely day with the two of you. Hope those rugs look perfect in Italy!"

17 Jul 23'

Susan Rand reviewed: Peg loom weaving a seat pad

"I had a lovely day with Hayley learning the Peg loom. She was very helpful and patient and I would recommend the course to anyone. Would love to learn the other types of looms if possible."

Smallholding Secrets responded:

" Thank you for taking the time to write a lovely review. It was a pleasure to spend the day with you. I hope you continue to enjoy your weaving journey."

20 Feb 23'

Adele Maundrell reviewed: Peg loom weaving a seat pad

"Fantastic and a very positive experience. I came away with a seat pad that actually looks good! I have never felt so relaxed learning a new skill. The location is peaceful, well maintained and comfortable. Flapjack with white chocolate and cranberry on arrival was delicious. Lunch I chose the pumpkin soup also delicious. Hayley put me at ease as soon as I arrived and we just chatted as I learnt. Definitely recommend if you want to learn a new skill and not feel stressed. "

Smallholding Secrets responded:

" So pleased to hear you enjoyed, and thrilled that you found it relaxing as that really is our aim for the day. I hope you go on to make many more items with our own fleece. Thank you for taking the time to leave lovely feedback. "

3 Jul 22'

Anne Gahan reviewed: Peg loom weaving a seat pad

"Sounds cliche, but simply the best, perfect food, surroundings and tuition. Plenty of different fleeces to work with, everything explained and shown, nothing rushed, hoping for weaving courses to start, could not fault 5 star plus, thank you for the excellent tuition and materials plus the homemade lunch and cakes."

Smallholding Secrets responded:

" Thank you so much for such a lovely review. Glad you enjoyed. It was an absolute pleasure to spend the day with you. Hope the beautiful rug you made was appreciated at home. "

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