I’ve wanted to go to Somerset Lavender farm for a while but, seeing as the season is from May to September there’s a relatively small window to see it in bloom and I’ve somehow managed to miss it each year. Last weekend I finally got round to visiting and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
Located in-between Frome and Bath, the farm is family-run and free to look around but there are donation boxes if you want to make a contribution.
As soon as I stepped out of the car, I was met with delightful wafts of fragrant lavender coming from the garden where they grow over twenty varieties. The garden was buzzing with bumble bees and felt like a purple, peaceful haven in the summer sunshine.
There are also two five acre fields of lavender rows which you can wander up and down at your leisure. The lavender not only looks pretty but is also harvested and made into products such as essential oils, dried flowers, candles and honey, all available in their gift shop. There’s a nursery too if you want to take some pet plants home and grow your own mini lavender farm.
After exploring the lavender fields and colourful flower garden, we headed to the café where they serve simple light lunches, cakes and refreshments. It only seemed right that we tried their lavender-infused bakes, including almond and lavender cake, lavender shortbread and chocolate brownie with a hint of lavender, washed down with lavender lemonade – I think we might have gone over-board with the lavender!
Lavender isn’t a flavour you have very often (or ever) and I thought it might be a bit soapy but it actually made the cakes taste fresh and floral. I now want to try baking with it myself so let me know in the comments below if you know of any good lavender recipes.
Known to have relaxing properties, I’m not sure if it was all the lavender in the air or the lovely setting to sit and enjoy a slice of cake but I felt very calm in the soothing presence of the lavender fields.
If you’re looking for a guaranteed lav-ley (sorry), inexpensive summer’s day out then make sure you head to Somerset Lavender before the season ends in September.