54. Cotswold Lavender, Snowshill
A third generation family farm on the outskirts of a small Cotswold village has become a mecca for lavender lovers.
Hill Barn Farm at Snowshill, overlooking Broadway and the Vale of Evesham, is home to some 70 miles of rows and 250,000 lavender plants.
Lavender was first planted at the farm in the year 2000 in fields previously used to grow wheat and barley.
The lavender loves the free-draining limestone soils 1,000 feet above sea level giving the best growing conditions for the highest quality lavender.
The crops are steam distilled on the farm and made into a range of unique lavender products, all proudly made in Great Britain with none tested on animals.
The gift shop and tea rooms are situated in a beautifully restored Cotswold stone barn on the farm. The gift shop sells the complete range of Cotswold Lavender products including foaming bath soak, hand cream and the ever-popular slumber gel, while at the tea rooms you might be tempted to try delicacies such as lavender shortbread or a clotted cream tea with a lavender scone.
Hill Barn Farm, Snowshill, near Broadway, Worcestershire WR12 7JY
The giftshop, tearoom and fields will reopen for the summer on June 13, 2015.
However, Cotswold Lavender is open all year round for enquiries, mail order and trade orders.