Snowshill – Cotswold Lavender Farm

This third generation family have been farming Snowshill lavender since 1999 and have achieved great success. Their success is thanks to the naturally draining limestone located 1000 feet above sea level. They now grow over 40 different varieties of lavender covering 140 miles of rows. They have recently started to grow Chamomile. You can also find wild flowers growing, such as Corn Cockles with their bright blue flowers, poppies, daisies and white cornflowers. Lavender is a herb and comes from the same family as mint!

Cotswold Snowshill Lavender

For £4 adult and £2 child entry fee (and free parking) you can treat the family to a great trip outdoors. You can walk around the Snowshill lavender fields just before harvesting, when the flowers are in bloom and the aroma of lavender flows through the air. The fields are open from mid June but the best time to see them is early to mid July. Harvesting usually starts around the last week in July through to August. There is a distillery on site where you can learn about the fascinating oil extracting process. Lavender must be harvested and distilled the same day and you may see this being done if you are lucky. You can still learn about the process in the distillery.

The site is dog friendly so feel free to take your 4 legged friends. There is no shade in the fields so use your common sense and judge the temperatures.

Snowshill Lavender rows

Facilities

Across the road you will find a barn shop and tea room. The barn shop is only open from 10/6/18 to 6/8/18 this year but the dates will be on their website for future seasons when applicable. Here you can purchase bath and body scrubs, cleansers, oils, wheat warmers, muscle rubs and more! It’s a little expensive, however you will find some lovely gifts here. You can even purchase your own lavender plants and help our dwindling bee population! They had several variety of Lavender for sale when we visited.

Snowshill Lavender and barn

The tea room has some lovely lavender themed food including lavender shortbread, scones and cakes. Their Lavender and Lemon cake is light and fluffy. A firm favourite of visitors. A marquee stands outside with lots of benches providing shade and comfort while you rest after your walk. A perfect place to look back over your photographs of kids playing in the lavender or your loved one striding through the purple rows.

Lavender has been used throughout history for its medicinal properties, including anxiety and insomnia. Antibacterial, analgesic and anti-depressant properties are also found in Lavender.

After your time here you could always visit Broadway village and Tower for a spot of shopping or see other attractions in the Vale of Evesham!

Snowshill Lavender and corate

Access to Snowshill Lavender Farm

Access to Snowshill Lavender farm is on a single track B road. It has lots of passing places but can be busy in peak season. Please do not be out off by this as there are beautiful views of the landscape all year round, even when the lavender is not in bloom.

The National Trust’s Snowshill Manor is also close by. Charles Wade owned this house and used it to display his collections from toys to armour. Extensive gardens pitted as outdoor rooms, the garden provides an extension of Wade’s modest living quarters in The Priest’s House and the manor itself.

You are only a few miles from Evesham and Broadway so why not explore other gems the area has to offer!

FUN FACTS

Although most Lavender comes in blue or purple there are some varieties that come in yellow or pink!

Romans used Lavender to ward off insects and the Egyptians used Lavender 2500 years ago during the embalming process of mummification.