Castle Farm Lavender Field
Here in the UK, there are many picturesque locations dotted around the country. For some of them, it also comes down to timing, for instance the very short but wonderful bluebell crops that appear in the spring time giving an amazing splash of colour to the woodlands. Another fantastically beautiful sight, is that of the summers lavender fields. Lavender fields aren't particularly abundant in the UK, but are definitely worth seeking out, not only for their tone of colour but also the incredible fragrance that emanates into the surrounding air. Less than an hours drive from our base in Essex, just over the dartford bridge is Castle Farm a lovely family run farm, specialising in Lavender.. and also traditional hops (the latter of which is lovingly bunched and sued to decorate wedding venues and the like. They process the lavender on site and create wonderful produce, such as oils, scents and soaps and even lavender fudge...which is luxuriously delicate on the pallet. For a short period in the summer months, as well as being able to take part in tours of the farm, the public are invited to take part in an evenings picnic in the lavender fields. These are normally announced late notice as they are obviously weather dependent but are definitely worth doing. It really is a lovely way to spend a summers evening indulging in a glass of wine or a beer, nibbling on a sausage roll and being surrounded by the lilac tones and the hum of the honey bees, too lazy to bother you as they are filled to the brim with nectar.
Details of Castle farm and their events can be found at: www.hopshop.co.uk
Hopshop, Redmans Lane, Sevenoaks, TN14 7UB
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