By Rose Crosby
What smells as good as it looks? Standing between the rows at Mayfield Lavender Farm. A beautiful haven of purple just 20 miles from central London, perfect for a quick day trip if you want to get out of the big smoke to catch some of this heat wave!
Mayfield Lavender Farm is a stunning 25 acre lavender field based in Carshalton, Surrey, and is a great place to spend a few hours and take some beautiful pictures (they have provided backdrops for some incredible photography collections, such as Kirsty Mitchell’s Wonderland Series – one of my all time favourites.). They have a few different varieties of lavender planted beautifully into rows as well as a shop selling organic food and products made from the lavender harvest and a cafe – with some surprising lavender based food and drink (we recommend trying the lavender lemonade!). Mayfield Lavender Farm is also a working farm as well as being open to visitors.
I adore the smell of lavender, I always have. So visiting somewhere as beautiful as this in both sight and smell made for a perfect afternoon. The lavender fully blooms between July and the start of August so get down there quick or you’ll miss it. The farm is very popular and when you first arrive it is easy to think that your afternoon will be a little more crowded than you had anticipated. However you only have to walk a few metres into the field to find your own little spot of heaven. We spent hours just walking amongst the rows and lying down in the (incredibly soft) grass and enjoying the soft breeze to keep us cool; a feeling of privacy rarely found in or around London when the weather is so good!
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, but don’t want to travel too far or spend too much ££ (entry is only £1 – bargain!), I would recommend finding your way to Mayfield Farm, kick your shoes off, close your eyes and just enjoy the beautiful surroundings. But hurry! It won’t be long until they harvest the lavender to put it to good use making things such as essential oils, soaps or to go into food!
For directions or more information visit their website.
Sadly, you cannot smell the lavender through my pictures!