I’ve always had this image in my head about lavender farms. I imagine myself waist deep among the purple fields wearing a stunning pastel dress with my hair blowing in the wind in that very stylised way. That certainly didn’t happen. Like one iota of it. However my visit to the Lavender Farms in Snowshill was a very lovely experience and certainly one to cross off the bucket list.
After a couple of very hectic, treatment filled days at work, I am so glad to have some time to play catch up with my blog. I’ve got a Triple J youtube playlist playing in the background and I’ve finally got all my photos categorised and ready to upload!
The Cotswold Lavender Farms had been on my to-see list for a very long time coming. There is a small window of opportunity where the farms are open to the public between June and August. I rechecked the website constantly trying to make sure I was able to see the lavender in full bloom and before they were harvested. Part of the reason I wanted to see the lavender farms was because of my love of aromatherapy and that I do dip into blending oils myself.
Located in Snowshill and because it is part of the countryside, it is difficult to get to the farms via public transport and I don’t think it is possible. However I just did a google and it seems that there are some private tours available.
When I saw the sign for the farm, I was brimming with excitement.
The admission was extremely reasonable, £2.50 but I do admit I was ever so slightly disappointed when I saw the lavender. It was not waist high as I imagined and running through the fields being wild and free with no one around was going to look quite frankly, idiotic. The sun was shining and the farms weren’t overrun with tourists but it was buzzing. Most people had pro chunky cameras and I felt like many people were there for the photo opportunity which I cannot blame them for!
The farm is not massive and doesn’t take much time to do a couple of laps. You aren’t meant to walk between a lot of the rows of lavender as it can damage the crop but there were rows near the front you were able to walk in between and get close and personal.
However my favourite part of the farm wasn’t the differing shades of violet and lilac but rather the field of wildflowers which had a small walking path for visitors. Absolutely breathtaking!
Afterwards, we sat down in the cafe adjacent to the farms and I enjoyed some lavender tea and biscuits. Although the cafe had a bit of a cafeteria like atmosphere, it was still a lovely way to end the the trip to farms.
But it wasn’t the end of the day as we ended up on an impromptu visit to Broadway Tower on the way home!