Cotswold Lavender is a family run working lavender farm near Broadway in The Cotswolds. It has been on our wish list for a while to visit but obviously is very seasonal due to the lavender only coming out around the June – August months.
We set off to visit for the morning now that the weather has returned to a normal temperature [I love a bit of sunshine but not when it’s too much for the dogs]. I brought my mum along & as we were arriving we could see the sea of purple in the fields ahead, I even put my window down to see if we could smell the lavender – we could! How lovely would it be to live nearby and have that wonderful scent throughout the summer months.
Once you’ve entered the farm the first rows of lavender you see are all the different varieties, each labelled on a sign. I really never new there were so many types of Lavender, Cotswold lavender now has over 40 varieties!
Straight up ahead were the main lavender rows for visitors to walk around. Like all of the Cotswold attractions it was filled with foreign tourists enjoying the beautiful surroundings. We first stopped off for a few photos in the wild flower section, with a Japanese tourist group nearby. They spotted the dogs and rushed over to take photos of the dogs alongside me. Living in The Cotswolds you get used to tourists taking an interest in your dogs, I love how foreigners especially are so fascinated that dogs go everywhere with us. They even sat alongside Woody & Wilma to get in the photo [They were too scared to go right next to my dogs – not that they are scary! But they kept a good distance so I wasn’t worried about them rushing at the dogs].
The lavender is planted in rows so you can walk right around each block or down the centre of each row [Perfect for photos!]. The plants were knee height & for some reason Woody was determined to bunny hop over them across the whole field [What a strange spaniel]. Obviously I kept the dogs on the lead because I didn’t want to disturb anyone else’s peaceful visit from my two running around.
We spent about an hour walking around and enjoying the sights and smells before heading to the Tea room for a drink. Dogs weren’t allowed inside, but theres a courtyard full of benches and dog water bowls which was perfect for us. There are lots of Lavender flavoured delicacies on the menu to try, I wasn’t brave enough to try any this visit but maybe next time! Let me know if you try any.
You may know that I am a Photographer. I am hosting a Lavender photoshoot day on Sunday the 9th of July at Cotswold Lavender. Click here for more info on this or get in touch for which slots in the day are available. Lavender photos with your dogs are such a lovely memory and I’m so pleased to have had the chance to photograph my two amongst the blue sea.
If you’re not very local to Cotswold Lavender try searching for a farm near you. There are lots dotted around the country which are all just as pretty to visit.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our dog friendly trip, we couldn’t wait to share some of our favourite photos with you. Thank you for reading!
Megan, Woody & Wilma
Woody’s collar: Made for Mutts
Wilma’s collar: Devil Dood designs