Solva Woollen Mill is one of the hidden treasures of Pembrokeshire, a delightful family-run woollen mill 1 mile along the valley from Solva. The mill has been on this site in Middle Mill for over 100 years, where the water from the River Solfach powered the looms to weave woollen rugs, blankets and tweeds for local farmers who would bring their fleeces to the mill. It is the oldest working woollen mill in Pembrokeshire and now the only remaining mill in Wales producing flat weave flooring.
The mill has a long-established reputation for the production of high quality carpets and floor rugs. Today these traditional flat weave floorings and also honeycomb throws are woven using skills from the past to create stylish interior designs for today. They combine simplicity with durability, using natural fibres to weave classic designs with a contemporary twist.
Solva Woollen Mill celebrated its centenary anniversary in 2007 and to commemorate it, the original 10ft overshot water wheel was refurbished. Silent since 1949 when it was last used to power the looms before being replaced in preference for a more modern source of power, it was given a new lease of life by Tom Grime,the present owner. A seating area was also created to relax beside the waterwheel and enjoy a leisurely break with views along the valley and refreshments from the waterwheel tearoom.
The mill shop stocks our own beautifully designed floor rugs, carpets and throws and also has stylish woollen bags and accessories, clothing and jewellery. There is a bespoke service available to those who would like to create their own individual designs.
We have on display several paintings and prints from the local artist, illustrator and children's book author Jackie Morris. We sell signed copies of her haunting tale The Seal Children. As the story is set in Pembrokeshire, you can actually visit the old ruined village featured. For further details please visit her website at www.jackiemorris.co.uk.
The tearoom offers locally baked sponge cakes, bara brith and welsh cakes. Solva Woollen Mill is in the Pembrokeshire National Park and is an easy 1 mile walk along the beautiful valley from Solva, 5 miles from the cathedral city of St Davids and a short distance from fantastic beaches, coastal footpaths and is also on the national cycle route.
Visiting us is an opportunity to get away from it all - so why don’t you try it?
You can find Solva Woollen Mill either off the A487 Haverfordwest – St Davids road or the A487 St. David’s - Fishguard road – just follow the tourist information signs. Entrance and parking is free; we are open all year round. Our mill shop and tea room are open 5 days a week, Monday - Friday 9.30 – 5.30pm, all year and also Saturday 9.30 – 5.30pm and Sunday 2pm – 5.30pm from the end of July until September.
Solva Woollen Mill nestling beside the River Solfach is a place of peace and contentment, an opportunity to experience the traditions of the past- we think it’s a special place to visit and hope you’ll call to see us soon.