In the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds, overlooking Broadway and the Vale of Evesham, spreads Snowshill Lavender Farm. This family run business and a tourist attraction looks after the beautiful fields containing over 35 different varieties of lavender.
While the lavender is in full bloom, this peaceful location offers a fantastic opportunity for a lovely day out. Here, you’ll be able to admire different varieties of lavenders with surprising shades of pink, violet and purple. Amongst the lavender you can spot a wildflower meadow buzzing with countless busy bees. Other lavender fields could be seen off in the distance giving the whole area a fairytale appearance.
Snowshill Lavender Farm by Malc Smith, source Flickr.
Lavender was first planted here in 2000 in fields previously used to grow wheat and barley. The lavender loves Cotswold’s free draining limestone soils 1,000 feet above sea level giving the best growing conditions for the highest quality English Lavender Essential Oils. Snowshill Lavender Farm now has over 35 different varieties, some 90 miles of rows and 500,000 plants in total.
Upon your visit make sure to bring your camera as you’ll be able to capture the uniqueness of this place while taking a wander in the lavender fields. You’ll be mesmerized by the amazing smell of lavender which surrounds the Snowshill Farm. Visit the full gallery and get to know Snowshill Lavender Farm better.
Lavender was used to scent the water in Roman baths, it name origins from the Latin “lavare” meaning “to wash.” Romans also used it as a perfume, insect repellent, flavouring and even added dried lavender to their smoking mixtures.
Snowshill Lavender Farm only opens to the public when the lavender is in flower which is usually June, July and August. Find out more on their website.
If you have time make sure to see the distillery and learn about the process of making a unique oil of lavender. Steam distillation is used here as it was used by the ancient Egyptians and Romans. The Farm stays away from using chemicals, only pure essential oils are produced in Snowshill Farm.
After you visit why not try some lavender shortbread or a clotted cream tea with a lavender scone? The Farm’s Tea Room is full of lavender inspired temptations, from chocolate lavender to lavender lemonade. If you feel adventurous you can even try a slice of the lemon lavender cake! The Tea Room also serves gluten free fruit scones, gluten free plain scones and gluten free lavender scones which are kept away from the gluten containing products.
Why not bring back a lavender souvenir? Visit the Farm’s Gift Shop and treat yourself to some of their deliciously smelling products.
Snowshill Lavender Farm will reopen in June 2017. The field is open 10am-5pm.
Adult: £2.50 adult.
Children (5-16 years): £1.50, under 5’s FREE.
Snowshill Lavender Farm has a Tea Room which serves light lunches, cream teas and cakes.