The finishing details
The edges of Highclere are finishing with pure Merino wool piping for extra strength in this area, while the hand-stitched tufts on the face surfaces have soft and comfortable felt washers. There are also padded handles securely stitched onto the long sides to help with turning and moving, and air vents to keep the mattress fillings fresh and allow moisture to escape.
Can I turn this mattress?
Yes, as the layers are mirrored on each side, and we recommend that you do so at least seasonally, and twice a month for the first three months. Highclere’s layers are generously thick and will naturally settle in the areas where your body’s heaviest, so turning it will help even that out and prolong its life.
How to choose the right tension
The best tension is the one that best supports your body weight. Ideally you’d try it in store, but if you can’t, generally speaking, we recommend a soft tension mattress if you weigh up to 70kg (11 stone), a medium for 70–100kg (11–16 stone) and a firm for over 100kg (16 stone) – that’s your individual body weight, not your combined weight as a couple. If you’re both quite different in weight, then we’d recommend a dual tension mattress.
What is dual tension?
A dual tension mattress is one that features two tensions of spring within the same mattress (as opposed to individual zip and link mattresses, which are available in the super-king size). They’re designed for couples who need different firmness ratings, so with, say, one half in a medium tension and the other half in a firm tension. That way there’s no need to compromise.
The materials: layered British wool and cotton
Highclere’s outermost layer of padding is formed of micro layers of cotton and British wool. Wool and cotton are the perfect mattress pairing because while wool wicks away moisture from the sleeping surface, cotton absorbs it, keeping you comfortable throughout the night. Both are also soft, springy and durable.
The materials: horsehair
Horsehair is a material that you’ll only find in the very finest mattresses. Like wool, its hollow structure means it’s capable of wicking away moisture and insulating, keeping you cool in summer and pleasantly warm in winter. It’s also unbeatably durable, providing support and structure in the second layer down.
The materials: bonded British wool and cotton
The third layer down in Highclere is another blend of wool and cotton. This time though, they’ve been bonded together in a low-heat process using a natural, corn-based material. Doing that increases their elasticity, which is why this is the layer closest to the springs: it’ll respond to their movement perfectly and keep on doing so for decades.
The materials: pocket springs
The pocket springs in Highclere are made by Vispring using vanadium – a type of steel that has a high tensile strength. In short, they’ll mould to your body and then bounce back when you get up without losing their shape. And as they’re encased in individual pockets, they can move independently of each other to dampen any movement from your bedfellow. So, even if they’re tossing and turning, you won’t be.
Highclere is encased in a 100% viscose, Belgian damask ticking. Viscose is a manufactured fabric made from plant cellulose. It’s breathable, so it won’t trap your body heat, as well as strong and soft, making it a great choice for mattress coverings. It’s treated to make sure it’s fire retardant using an entirely natural, chemical-free, sustainable compound.
Delivered to you, safe and sound
From our own, white-glove service for delivering larger pieces in the UK and Ireland, to our courier and international partners, rest assured that we’ve done everything we can to make sure your order gets to you on time and in one, perfect piece.
Delivery’s also entirely free if you’re in the UK and spend over £50 (or €100 in Ireland).
We believe that returns should be easy, which is why we approach them with a ‘no quibble’ mindset. And, you’ll also have 28 days to do so – just in case you need time to mull things over.