Lanas del Rio
Lanas del Rio
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We are a weaving mill and showroom set on the banks of the Rio Genal near Gaucin. We use 19th century shuttle looms to make our unique range of products using only fine quality natural fibres including lambswool, alpaca, silk and cashmere. From a light alpaca shawl to a merino and cashmere blanket we have something for everyone. We have also opened a lovely little studio in Calle Armiñan 130, Gaucin where we have a full selection of our products.We are open all year round, call or email us to arrange a visit to either the mill or studio. Studio opening hours posted on the door each week.
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PremierCrew2017
Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We visited Lanas del Rio recently. It is wonderful to see that both traditional craft and traditional engineering are both alive and well in this hidden corner of the Andalusian hinterland.

We were warmly welcomed by Paul and Dawn, the owners of the business, who voluntarily gave us a demonstration of the working loom and talked us through the end-to-end process. The passion they have for their craft and the pride in the products they produce was heart-warming.

And what outstanding products they produce. Their collection is simply wonderful.

We have enjoyed a memorable few weeks in Andalusia. And this visit remains one of our highlights.

My advice to you? Just do it.....
Written 26 January 2023
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SandRZ
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
What an absolute gem of a place.

We had searched for high quality woollen blankets for quite some time before we were lucky enough to find Lanas del Rio, just outside the Pueblo Blanco fo Gaucin.

After a very warm welcome from Paul and Dawn, including a demonstration of the fantastic engineering of the looms, only to be then led to the most wonderful shop full of beautifully hand crafted woollen blankets, scarfs, ponchos and shawls.

An absolute gem of a place, with such skilled hand workers, producing high end goods. It's a visit must.... and a very interesting track to their idyllic riverside location.
Written 26 January 2023
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Leslie F
Lherm, France5 contributions
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Jul 2022
My friend and I are both craft geeks, so we visited Paul and Dawn at Lanas del Rio with two teens in tow in the summer and it was a magical experience. The owners sent us easy to follow instructions as to how to find the place which is hidden away, well off the beaten track, and welcomed us with cold water, friendly greetings and a wall of sound from their local cicada population.

Paul showed us how his vintage looms and assorted machinery worked which was utterly fascinating, and we got to see it all cranking away, thanks to some handy ear defenders he loaned us to use. (Be forwarned looms are very noisy beasts.) It's a really rare treat to see kit like this not just in working order but making beautiful fabric, it's mysteries explained by a real expert.

Paul and Dawn design all the products themselves, favouring simple, elegant twill, herringbone or plain woven patterns that use colour sensitively. They work with a gorgeous variety of wool from all over the world, from Shetland wool for the warp threads to lush Spanish merino. The final products are stunning, a mix of elegant blankets, shawls ponchos and scarves, each one of them unique. I probably shouldn't say this but they're selling their wares for buttons. Throws that would cost hundreds if not thousands in chic city boutiques can be had here for around 100-130 euros. We ended up buying as much as we think we could get away with given the cost of hold luggage on EasyJet!
Written 1 August 2022
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Kevin
Calpe, Spain7 contributions
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Aug 2020
This is a working piece of history lovingly restored by Paul and Dawn.
A bit tricky to find but set in an idealic spot, so well worth it when you get there.
We are from Dobcross in UK and to see a Dobcross loom lovingly restored and working after 120 years is amazing.
The quality of the products they produce is superb, so if you just want a blanket or scalf check out their shop in the village.
Written 7 August 2020
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Melanie F
London, UK2 contributions
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Jul 2019 • Couples
We only discovered the studio on the penultimate day of our trip to Gaucin. So glad we found it. The most beautiful throws and scarves. And a very warm welcome. Can't wait for chilly nights!
Written 4 August 2019
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Karen D
Cranfield, UK3 contributions
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Jul 2019 • Couples
Visited Paul & Dawn in the outlet in the village. Having visited the fabulous mill a couple of years ago, it was great to see the wonderful blankets and woven products made from a variety if high quality wools. I have purchased 2 blankets one local wool and the latest purchase an alpaca wool blanket. Both will last many years. Looking forward to visiting again soon.
Written 10 July 2019
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cris w
London, UK18 contributions
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Jun 2019 • Couples
We have visited Gaucin a few times. This year we were lucky enough to visit the showroom of Lanas del Rio in town. Their woollen products are beautiful. Many various, creative colour ways and many different finishes. We bought scarves and a blanket. We also passed time speaking with Dawn who was so friendly and shared lots of details about the process and their adventures in bringing these beautiful products to life. What a special place. Don’t miss a visit!
Written 19 June 2019
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Veronica P
Greater London, UK6 contributions
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May 2019 • Friends
How lucky we are to have this wonderful wool mill on our doorstep. If I was a visitor I would have to buy another suitcase to fill it with gorgeous throws, rugs, blankets, wraps and scarves. The quality is outstanding and the owners are charming and welcoming.
Written 2 June 2019
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caberwife
Ottawa, Canada168 contributions
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Oct 2018 • Couples
We visited the mill today and left with two bags of gorgeous woven products, including the softest cashmere blanket! Ahhhh! I managed to finish up all my gift shopping here. This is not your usual ticky-tacky tourist crap; these are items that will be kept for years.

Paul and Dawn were very accommodating and we had a wonderful tour. Although I only emailed this morning to see if we could stop in (short notice!), we were warmly welcomed this afternoon and shown around the beautiful restored mill, with a loom demonstration and a fascinating explanation of the whole weaving process. The looms themselves date to around 1905 (with restorations since), were shipped from Yorkshire, and are amazing pieces of machinery. I loved seeing some of the the various colourways Paul has come up with for the weaving.

The mill was a derelict shell back when they bought it, and the restoration job they have done is amazing. Such a beautiful property and building! The newer showroom is also lovely. If you want a really special gift for someone back home (or yourself), pick out a blanket, shawl, scarf, throw... there are so many exquisite pieces to choose from, at different price points, all well-priced for such quality weaving.

The drive into the mill itself takes you along a winding, scenic track. Paul's directions are spot-on, so you will have no trouble finding the place. The track is driveable by ordinary car. They also have a shop in Gaucin selling their wares.

We had such an enjoyable visit. Kudos to this couple for creating such a special spot, and a fantastic business. One of the highlights of our trip to Spain.

PS: They also have the most gorgeous, uniquely-marked cat who is as wonderful as the mill. She was rescued as a kitten and serves as the mill meeter-greeter. A little bonus for you cat lovers!
Written 16 October 2018
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Anna M
London, UK36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
To visit call the Mill and arrange a suitable time, which was very easy.
Having driven 3km off road down a really beautiful track we found Dawn and Paul's Mill. We then were given a very educational tour of the Mill. Incredible to see such an old loom in action having been transported all the way from Yorkshire. What gorgeous (and irresistible) throws, rugs and much more to see.
Highly recommended.
Written 17 June 2018
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