Wednesday, 12 July 2017

A Dreamy Day Trip to Cotswold Lavender Farm

Explore With Ed enjoying a dreamy day trip at Cotswold Lavender Farm

Running through a field of lavender... it's one of those things you've been longing to do, admit it. My dreamy day trip wasn't spent in the hills of Provence, but rather a 90 minute drive away in The Cotswolds, or 1 hour from Birmingham and 2 hours from London.

Cotswold Lavender Farm and House
Rows of Lavender in The Cotswolds English Countryside

Cotswold Lavender farm is located in Snowshill, a pretty village in the county of Worcestershire near the Broadway Tower folly. The family run business welcomes tourists onto their land every year to explore the vibrant variety of lavender, meadow flowers and even camomile.

Rosea lavender at Cotswold Lavender Farm
Walking through fields of lavender in England

The sweet smell of lavender is really pleasant, and the bees and butterflies appeared uninterested by people brushing past... who could blame them.

70mm Macro Shot with Sigma Lens for Nikon
Wild meadow flowers

From the whimsical 'Peter Pan' to the more traditionally named 'Rosea', around 40 varieties of lavender coat the hills in shades of purple in springtime. The lavender is then harvested in its prime (usually around late July), so there's only a short window to experience these breathtaking scenes.

Different varieties of lavender
Cotswold Lavender Cream Tea
Spot Loggins Lavender Ice-cream

No day trip to The Cotswolds would be complete without a cream tea, and Cotswold Lavender's barn contains a shop and tea room to meet that requirement.
For sheer novelty I had to try their lavender ice cream and lavender scone and was surprised by how much I enjoyed the delicate floral fragrance.

Lavender Scone
Cotswold Lavender Products
Cotswold Lavender Tearoom and Shop
Imperial Gem Lavender for cooking

The shop also sells locally made products and pots of lavender to take away, like the Imperial Gem that can be used for cooking.

Broadway High Street

After an hour or two soaking up the Lavender air I explored the nearby village of Broadway. Like most Cotswold villages the high street is a mix of wonderfully quaint antique shops, caf├ęs and pubs.

Beautiful old doors of The Cotswolds
The Classic Red Phone Box in The Cotswolds
Quintessential Cotswold Houses in Broadway

The friendly locals did suggest some unique gems like the Broadway Museum and Art Gallery

Jewellers and quaint shops in Broadway Worcestershire
Beautiful flower displays and shops in Broadway
The Lygon Arms Broadway
Shopping Arcade in Broadway

I finished my Cotswolds day trip at The Swan Hotel that offers a classic Sunday Roast menu in their pub & restaurant.

Children's Menu Pizza at The Swan Hotel
Beef Sunday Dinner at The Swan Hotel Broadway
Sunday Roast at The Swan Hotel Broadway
Swan Hotel in Broadway

I'd happily retrace my steps tomorrow and return to Cotswold Lavender farm and Broadway, it's a world away from the whirring energy of Cardiff and London. If you'd like to enjoy a dreamy day trip as well, look up their website for updates on the fields so you can time your visit accordingly.

That said, there's so much to see and explore in The Cotswolds any time of year, check out my alternative itineraries below:
Cotswold Lavender Farm
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