Day out: Cotswold Lavender

9 Jul

Not too long ago, I posted a short teaser for this day out at Cotswold Lavender.   Since then, the flowers have really started showing their colors — and the fragrance is even more amazing.  This working lavender farm has fields to explore, a distillery, gift shop, and tea room with indoor and outdoor seating (even a small indoor area set aside for children).  I hope you like photos of lavender plants, because here we go …

Yay — it’s open!

If it’s raining when you arrive, you can stop in the tea room for a lavender-infusion tea, a lavender scone, a cookie — or if it’s after noon, a sandwich or some soup.  On the other side of this renovated barn is the gift shop, full of books, toiletries, novelties, and other various souvenirs.  Live plants, too.  I brought home some culinary lavender and a cookbook full of recipes using lavender.

But exploring the fields is my favorite thing to do.  Here you can see a mix of blooming flowers and yet-to-bloom plants.

Rows and rows of lavender.

These clever snails are everywhere.  No, I mean everywhere.  It looks like a giant hand pulled hundreds of snails out of a sack and tossed them out all over the fields.  Watch your step.

Not yet in bloom.


Lavender of another color.

The distillery is open for viewing — nothing happening here until during and after harvest — a big color poster on the wall behind this explains the distilling process.

I love this pretty white farmhouse at the side of the fields.

No, really, I looooooove. it.  Can you imagine how fragrant your whole life would be, living next to lavender fields?

When the sun comes out (sometimes it happens), the contrast between the different colors of flowers is in bright focus.

In the sun, the lavender is just dizzying.

Some purples so intense, they don’t seem real.

This makes me happy.

Benches by the distillery, with views over the fields.  I could stay there all day.  Every day.

The wet and cool weather we’ve had this summer has pushed back the expected peak of bloom this year to the end of July — so you still have a few weeks to arrange your visit.  Maybe.  Check the website for expected peak and harvest times.  Once they’re gone, you’ll have to wait another twelve months to see this glory — although the gift shop is ready to sell you something yummy for your nose to remind you of this experience year-round.  Mmm, time to brew up some lavender tea …


10 Responses to “Day out: Cotswold Lavender”

  1. Tesni July 9, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    Gorgeous photos. I love the contrast between the lavender and the sky. Beautiful! I bet is smelt amazing. I drove past a breathtaking poppy field the other day. Sadly there was no where to stop and take a photo.

    • Monique July 9, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

      I love the poppies! Somehow they always seem unexpected, and so dreamlike.

  2. Zazamataz July 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    Really lovely photos! I love the scent of lavender but I have yet to eat anything with lavender in it. It doesn’t sound like it would taste good. So I’m looking forward to hearing about how the recipes and culinary lavender works for you.

    • Monique July 9, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

      =) I’ve liked the tea, the cookies, the shortbread, and the scones. So it sounds like I must do a lavender baking post … or two … or three.

  3. Sharon July 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    Gorgeous pictures. That one with the cottage in the back looks like a cool painting. So lovely, I can picture being there (a little) with your pictures and descriptions. I think my daughter, Marissa would love to be there. She loves flowers like these and her favorite animal is the snail. My husband is allergic to lavender so he likely would not enjoy this place. Thanks for sharing, the pictures are spectacular.

    • Monique July 9, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

      The allergy sufferer would not like it at all! My kids like to run up and down the rows looking for snails and then begging for shortbread or cookies in the cafe. There’s something so soothing about the scent, I could just take a nap right there. =)

  4. Living Life as an Expat Parent July 15, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

    You’ve got some really incredibly shots. Certainly makes me want to pay a visit!

    • Monique July 19, 2012 at 9:06 am #

      Thanks! It’s worth a trip!


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