26 August 2014

Mayfield Lavender farm, Banstead Surrey.

We've found a taste of Provencal, without the 3 hour flight. Don't believe me? 


Hop on the 166 bus going south west from West Croydon train station, chat to your neighbour for 25 minutes (or so) and you'll have 25 acres of proof.

Fields stretching almost as far as the eye can see, bees buzzing busily through the heavenly scented lavender and the occasional head of excited visitors (and bloggers) popping above the pretty purple posies.

Unique things to do in London - Mayfield Lavender farm, Banstead Surrey.
Unique things to do in London - Mayfield Lavender farm, Banstead Surrey.
 
Take as many photos as you like, but leave only footprints in the furrows.

Unique things to do in London - Mayfield Lavender farm, Banstead Surrey.
Unique things to do in London - Mayfield Lavender farm, Banstead Surrey.

We marveled that the farmers allow the public to wander through, at no cost, in this day and age. It's nice to see some trust in their fellow man. They do have some explaining to do with the thousands of selfies taken in their fields, then instagrammed to exploding point.

Unique things to do in London - Mayfield Lavender farm, Banstead Surrey.

We of course couldn't resist a chance for a lavender cupcake ( icecream, scone or fudge depending entirely on your predilections) with a coffee and lavender tea in their busy giftshop on the way home. Clever. And delicious.
Unique things to do in London - Mayfield Lavender farm, Banstead Surrey.

Unique things to do in London - Mayfield Lavender farm, Banstead Surrey.

The havest is due this year for September, so you'll need to be quick (or just pop it on next summer's 'to do' Pinterest list!) Erin, you are a legend for alerting us to this just in time (check out her blog 'Out and About'.) Further info can be found on their website. It's not too hard to visit by public transport, but by car would be easier if you can.
 Unique things to do in London - Mayfield Lavender farm, Banstead Surrey.

London, how many more secrets do you hold?

26 comments :

  1. Wow! I can't believe this is in Surrey, it looks beautiful. I am definitely going to go there next summer!

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  2. Extraordinary! Who would've thought that this was so close by!


    <3 dani
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  3. How gorgeous! I had no idea somewhere like this was so close to London!

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  4. How pretty!! A sea of purple!

    Lots of love,

    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

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  5. Fusch fuchsiasandamaranth.com26 August 2014 at 13:55

    This is really pretty, I had no idea there was a place like this so close to London! England in the summer time is so lovely...

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  6. Are we going to see a change in your twitter photo now to you hiding in the lavender field? We have a large lavender field quite close to us and it's just so pretty x

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  7. I used to grow lavender in my garden and the year I harvested it I used it for some really fab (and random) purposes! It is a lovely plant.

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  8. Hahaha, I thought the same thing Kelly! Lavender duly filed away for a visit next year :)

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  9. I can't believe this is Surrey and not la Provence! I'd love to visit it next time I go to England!
    Marta

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  10. There's a lavender farm just under an hour away from us, and whenever we are in the area I can't help but pop in. I always come away with strawberry lavender jam, it's amazing. Who knew lavender could be so tasty?

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  11. We were so surprised too - just couldn't believe our eyes!

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  12. Isn't it gorgeous - we thought of you there!

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  13. We really were amazed, it was even in zone!

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  14. We really were amazed - and such a large crop!

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  15. Beautiful, isn't it. That and Rosemary is heaven.

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  16. It's rather hilarious to go from grey city to Lavender fields...!

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  17. Who did indeed - we adored the Lavender tea!

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  18. Amazing!!!!! so pretty. I love the smell of lavender!

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  19. Oh my, I can only imagine how beautiful the smell must be in fields like this! I love lavender, it's such a relaxing scent. I keep wanting to fill my garden with it, but the pollen will make the husband sneeze. I'll just have to find a spot in the garden that he never ventures into lol.

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  20. This is gorgeous, I'm so going to go to a Lavender field one day, do they bloom year round or only certain times? I love the smell of lavender and I often use the oil in my bath to relax with. However I don't like the taste of lavender, it reminds me too much of soap!
    Tammy x

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  21. It's such a beautiful place!! I went again yesterday, but it's not as colorful now as it was the end of July. I can't wait to go back next year!

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