Last summer, I picked something from my wish list as a birthday treat. I’ve always wanted to go to one of the English lavender farms and lie down amongst the rows of plants just taking in the aroma, so that’s exactly what I did!
Cotswold Lavender is located in Snowshill, not far from Broadway. The entrance fee is only £2.50 per adult (£1.50 for a child) so it’s really good value. You can wander through row after row of different lavender varieties and marvel at the colour and scent. We also visited the distillery to see how the essential oil is extracted from the lavender plants ready for bottling, sale and distribution.
There’s a lovely little tea shop where you can enjoy scones with jam and cream while you decide which product to take home with you from the gift shop. I’m an aromatherapist, so always pick up essential oils on my travels and this time was no exception!
We stayed overnight at The Crown & Trumpet, a traditional country pub in Broadway. The food is good, the bed was comfy and it is reasonably priced. As it was such a beautiful weekend, we sat outside the pub for a good part of the evening watching the world go by.
Broadway is a good place to base yourself for a visit to the Cotswolds and we go there quite often for a mooch around the different villages. Broadway itself has the lovely Lygon Arms (out of my price range, but lovely nonetheless) as well as several other cute looking places to stay. There are plenty of shops for browsing, mostly touristy, but that’s OK with me. Watch out for the stunning wisteria plants climbing up some of the buildings.
If you fancy a walk, you can hike from the village up to the Broadway tower and take in the magnificent views. Make sure you have the right shoes as there are a few cowpats to negotiate!
No doubt we’ll be back this summer!