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Lowton Farm
Devon, England

Welcome to SouthWest Alpacas
UK Alpaca Breeders

South West Alpacas
UK Alpaca breeders,
Lowton Farm,
England, UK

Tel: 01647-252038


Alpacas - The Sustainable Lifestyle Choice

Hello from Peter and Jacquie Watson, and welcome to South West Alpacas. We decided to set up an alpaca farm when we moved to our 27-acre smallholding in Devon some years ago. We looked at more conventional livestock options, such as sheep and cattle, but saw a lot of problems compared with the apparent attractions of keeping alpacas. Then we saw some beautiful alpacas for sale, and just couldn't resist!

However, after more than ten years spent working with these adorable animals, we have decided to retire. Fortunately, we have been able to find new homes with caring owners for all our alpacas, so we can set off to do some serious traveling with a clear conscience! We will leave this website live for the forseeable future to allow all who are interested in our experiences with alpacas over the past decade to share in our enjoyment of these wonderful and engaging creatures.

Alpaca Girls in their Field


Starting Out with Alpacas

- an article for beginners -

"If only we knew then what we know now!"

two cria

Playtime in the sun. Click on the image to see more cria at play !







We bought our first alpacas in Devon nearly a decade ago. Recently, International Camelid Quarterly asked us to write an introductory article on setting up and managing a small herd for people just starting out with keeping alpacas.

It's a good starting point if you're thinking about buying and keeping alpacas, and want to know what is involved in running an alpaca farm.

So to find out more about keeping alpacas, just click on the picture on the right . . . >

Interviewing Alpacas in Devon

Here Jacquie is ensuring that the information
in this article is completely accurate and up to date
by conducting field
research with our resident team of
alpaca experts
at South West Alpacas in Devon.


Alpaca Knitwear
The softer, kinder choice

If you'd like to know what happens to the lovely Alpaca fibre, visit our Isles of Avalon website, where we display our unique range of luxury alpaca knitwear and yarns. Produced in very limited quantities, our exclusive garments have been specially designed to take full advantage of the unique properties of alpaca fibre. All our garments are individually made and carefully hand finished, using the finest alpaca yarns specially selected by us to ensure the highest level of quality, comfort and style.

New Alpaca Handknits
for Babies & Kids

Our hand knitted garments are individually crafted Devon using only the softest luxury baby alpaca or baby alpaca and silk mix yarns.   They are based on my own designs which incorporate traditional lace and stitch patterns.

Baby Jacket in Alpaca

Many of the baby and children’s garments are knitted from my memory of the traditional designs used by my mother and grandmother, which lend themselves well to the softness and warmth of baby alpaca. 

BabySome others are my interpretation of designs in an Italian baby-wear  boutique we saw whilst on holiday.  Beautifully soft and warm, these delicate alpaca handknit garments are a very special gift for a very special little person.

From Alpaca Farm
to Alpaca Yarn!

We now offer a unique range of very special natural alpaca yarns. Our own Isles of Avalon range is spun from the very finest baby alpaca fibre to make a luxurious yarn with the extreme softness and subtle lustre only the best alpaca can offer. 

Four yarn types are available, each with its own unique character. Three of the yarns are made from the finest undyed, unbleached natural white fibre, and are ideal for hand dyeing. 

Natural Fawn Alpaca Yarn

The forth yarn is our latest addition to the range - pure baby alpaca from the fleeces of three individual animals from our own farm, spun locally.  Available in the natural fleece colours of Dark Chocolate, Medium Fawn (shown above) and Light Cream.


Admittedly, not much to do with keeping alpacas - but we all need a holiday sometime!

To find out more about our new Villa on the FamousTurquoise Coast of Turkey near Uzumlu,
just click the link


  last updated August 16, 2010
SouthWest Alpacas is an independent UK alpaca breeder, based in Devon, south west England, UK. We took up alpaca breeding for their wonderful fleece, not to mention their calm temperament, and the simplicity of farming alpacas. Their luxurious natural fibre is light, strong, soft & warm, and it comes in 22 natural colours, from a true rich black, through chocolate brown and russet, as well as various shades of grey, honey and fawn, to a light champagne and finally pure white. It also holds dye very well, which makes alpaca fibre ideal for organic or hypoallergenic clothing & fashion, from hats to gloves, jumpers & scarves or scarfs. Alpaca fibre is an untreated natural fabric, making it ideal for people with allergies & sensitive skin. Our website offers a wealth of information on alpaca breeding, alpaca fleeces & alpaca yarns. We also offer links for information on luxury knitwear - designer knitwear - alpaca clothing & knitwear - as well as alpaca fur toy animals.