There has been an overwhelming number of posts about lavender fields lately, mostly because the season is drawing to an end and bloggers are trying to squeeze in visits whilst the lavender is still in bloom. My visit to the Lavender Farm was actually almost two months ago, but I’ve just now sat down to write about it.
(Oops, blogger fail!)
There was one thing I always regretted not doing when we lived in London and that was venturing out to Mayfield Lavender Fields for a famous blogger photoshoot. So when I realised that there was a lavender field about a 15 minute drive away, I insisted that we go as soon as the lavender was in bloom.
The Yorkshire Lavender farm is set in 60 acres and it’s in absolutely gorgeous countryside. It’s in the Howardian Hills which is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty and the views across the Vale of York are truly something special! It was voted one of the Top 3 gardens to visit in North Yorkshire by Channel 4 and the story behind its founding is so touching! It was a family project run by a father and his two children for the past 23 years, prompted by the death of his wife and the wish to discover beauty and the therapeutic nature of lavender. (The children were only 5 and 3 then so they are all grownup now!)
Not only was there an abundance of lavender but there was a special plant nursery, a gift shop, tea rooms, mazes, meadows, gorgeous ponds, a sculpture park and a deer park.
It costs £3 per person when the lavender is in bloom (June, July and August) and we both felt that we definitely got our money’s worth. It’s free the rest of the year, but not nearly as picturesque.
If you are planning a visit to Castle Howard, the farm is only 3 miles to the west.
I mentioned on twitter, that I’m training to be a doula and one of the things that I’m currently studying are the uses of essential oils, so I would be absolutely remiss not to mention the benefits of using lavender oil:
It’s great for calming and relaxing the mind – that’s why it’s a great sleep aid. It’s also a natural way to reduce headache.
Have you had a good frolic through a lavender field before?