In the next few weeks an area of the Cotswolds will be covered in fields of lavender, calling to mind scenes of Provence.
Cotswold Lavender is now open daily until August 5, but the best time to visit is usually early-mid July.
Harvest then takes place during the end of July and beginning of August.
Lavender is distilled the same day it is cut using traditional methods and then is aged for a year before being used used in a variety of products, from tea and chocolate to shampoo and hand cream.
The farm’s cafe also sells lavender-flavoured ice cream and biscuits.
Lavender started growing at the farm in 1999, and thrives in the area’s limestone soil. More is planted every year and there are now more than 40 different varieties and 500,000 plants in total.
The farm also has fields of wildflowers which should be coming into flower soon. Camomile in also grown there.
Dogs on leads are permitted and people are welcome to bring a picnic.
Cotswold Lavender is open daily from 10am-5pm. Entry is £7 for adults, £3 for children and free for under 5s.
Hill Barn Farm
WR12 7JY, UK
Rough journey times:
- From Cirencester – 40 minutes
- From Stroud – 55 minutes
- From Dursley – 65 minutes
For more information visit cotswoldlavender.co.uk