Tucked away in the rolling hills between the charming Cotswold villages of Snowshill and Broadway is a beautiful farm that grows all sorts of lavender. It's a sight to behold, especially when the lavender in full bloom. Best to come in late June and July when the lavender is at it's peak. It's breathtaking.
It's a third generation farm that originally grew wheat and barley. Lavender was first planted here in 2000 and it seems to thrive in the dry limestone cotswold soil. The farm now grows over 35 different varieties, some 70 miles of rows, and 250,000 plants in total.
The farm's crops -- Cotswold Lavender -- are gently picked by a special harvester (the only one of its kind in the U.K.) and then steam distilled on the farm and made into unique and all natural lavender products. The farm has a store that sells it's luscious products and gifts as well as a tea room. We had a lunch of a freshly made sandwich and lavender flavored ice cream, which tastes exactly like how lavender smells.
There is a £3.50 fee to wander through the fields and I think it's definitely worth it. The color and scent of the lavender, combined with the gorgeous rolling Cotswold landscape, makes it an amazing, almost other worldly experience.
For more information: Cotswold Lavender Farm
As I walked through the fields this old English song (that dates back to the 17th century) kept running through my head:
Lavender's blue, dilly, dilly; lavender's green
When I am king, dilly, dilly; You shall be queen
Who told you so, dilly, dilly; who told you so?
'Twas my own heart, dilly, dilly; that told me so.