How it all began
We are not actually quite sure how or why we are here.... but we craved the countryside and cycled around many of the surrounding villages and Finchingfield and fell in love with the area. I'm pretty sure some wine was then involved, shortly after a few searches on the internet for land for sale and that was it... the serious business plan and research began. A year later in 2015 the gravity and reality hit as we collected the keys of a 'project' farmhouse in need a lot of love and hard graft and 9 acres of grassland.
We set about our smallholding adventure in to create a beautiful landscape to share and live on and from. While working full time in our 'normal jobs' and commuting we worked on the field to prep for planting. In the meantime potting up and growing 5000 little bushy lavenders ready to be planted a year later.
One and a half acres of the grassland is now home to 27 rows filled with 4,500 deep purple Lavender Grosso all hand planted in June 2018 with the help of friends family and our fabulous neighbours.
The rest of the field has been left to self seed and is flourishing with native wild orchids, ox-eye Daisy, cornflowers and poppies. The campsite part of the acreage is set within the wildflower meadow with mowed pathways leading to facilities and pitches.
Every year we add and tweak to make things more beautiful and we hope that you enjoy it as much as we do.
Lavandula × intermedia 'Grosso' is known for its deep purple flowers and powerful aroma which carries across the meadow as the plant releases oil from its leaves in the heat. The purple haze on the landscape starts in July and gradually deepens over a few weeks and lasts right up until September.
We have lump clay soil in this part of Essex, lavender loves poor quality free draining soil so lots of stone and wood chip was needed to improve the drainage before planting. 80 tonnes of stone and 30 tonnes of woodchip were spread over the field and then shallow ploughed into the soil. We customised a Norfolk potato plough with the help of Phil the Farmer into a Lavender row ridger and then ridged our flower beds to provide even more drainage.
Here on the farm we harvest by hand as it's the quickest way to cut and bunch for a farm of our size. The lavender is then hung in our drying shed until dry and ready for sale. We also make oil which is used in candles and other products.
Whether your visit coincides with Easter tree planting, seeding or Lavender harvest we have plenty to do here on the farm. Get in touch and arrange a fun filled day of getting back to nature and seeing instant results of your hard days work.
We are open again for day visitors in June 2022.
We are a small and friendly Lavender farm and campsite and like to keep things quiet and peaceful for the enjoyment of our day visitors and campers. Therefore we have a limited number of day visitors permitted each day.
What to expect:
On your arrival report to 'The Shed' where you will find a bag with your name on it. Inside you will have a map of the site, a bag for cutting your own fresh Lavender and some scissors, plus a little bit of info about the farm and how to harvest your fresh Lavender. If you have questions or want to find out more we are always about and happy to help.
In the lavender field you will find deck chairs, sun loungers, chairs and picnic blankets so why not pick up an afternoon tea from one of our village tea rooms and relax amongst the lavender. We have one composting toilet on site which is specifically for day visitors.
Under and including 5 year olds are FREE
Tickets are not refundable or changeable - T's & C's available to read when you book
The cost of your ticket includes the lavender you pick and take away with you
Bring a picnic or afternoon tea
NO professional photography permissed with a day ticket as this is a day for people to enjoy the farm without photographers
No dogs allowed as we are a no dog campsite and we have lots of fluffy chickens, runner ducks and a cheeky Chinese goose