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    • Jobs available – The Hop Shop is hiring!

      Posted on 25th March 2018 by

      Come and work with us!  GENERAL ASSISTANT We are looking for a friendly, versatile, hands-on and energetic person to join the team here at Castle Farm as a temporary General Assistant. The role will be part time, consisting of one weekend day plus a minimum of 2-3 weekdays for the next 6 months (potentially more for […]

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    • Lavender Massage Gift Vouchers NOW ON SALE!

      Posted on 17th November 2017 by

      Dream away those winter blues by buying your someone special a gift voucher for a Lavender Fields Massage in July next year. Once purchased online, the voucher will be emailed to you, ready for you to print out and give as the perfect Christmas gift! CLICK HERE  TO BUY YOURS NOW! […]

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    • New Lavender Gift Collections

      Posted on 25th October 2017 by

      Lavender Pamper collection

      We have just launched our brand new line of Lavender Gift Collections! New to the website this week, we have carefully selected some of our favourite Lavender gifts to make up nine different Hampers – something for everyone. Each Lavender Gift Collection comes beautifully hand-packaged and is presented in a luxury white gift […]

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    • 2018 Calendar has arrived

      Posted on 8th August 2017 by

      Our 2018 Castle Farm calendar has just landed! Filled with a collection of 12 beautiful photos from around Castle Farm and across the Darenth Valley. A year in the life of farming on our mixed arable acres in the English countryside. Wildlife photos, landscape images and of course, wonderful shots of our famous […]

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    • Lavender Harvest is now complete

      Posted on 3rd August 2017 by

      After the weather playing havoc with our harvesting schedule this July, we are very happy to say our final load of Kentish Lavender is now in from the fields, and our beautiful high-grade Lavender and Lavandin Oils have now been distilled! But – if you missed out on this year’s […]

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    • Lavender Harvest 2017 is underway

      Posted on 26th July 2017 by

      Our Lavender Harvester is out working hard in our fields. We are already half way through our Kentish Lavender crop. Our final Lavender Tours of the season are running 29th / 30th July and these will take you right out into our last field of Lavender, and over to the […]

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    • Watch our Lavender Season video

      Posted on 30th June 2017 by

      Get a feel for everything that happens at The Hop Shop on Castle Farm over the Kentish Lavender season with our little video… We hope to see you soon!

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    • Today’s Lavender view!

      Posted on 23rd June 2017 by

      Kentish Lavender Farm

      The sunshine this week has really brought on the colour of our Kentish Lavender! The shop will be open all weekend as usual, but our Lavender Tours (where you can go into the fields) don’t start until next week (see dates here). Fresh lavender bunches and lavender foods all available […]

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    • Lavender Tour dates announced!

      Posted on 14th June 2017 by

      Our guided Lavender Tours start on 28th June 2017! Go behind the scenes with an expert Castle Farm guide and learn all about this versatile crop – how we grow, harvest, distill and use Kentish Lavender. For dates and booking details see here.  Our Tours are always very popular, so make sure […]

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    • Waitrose Garden Magazine – out now

      Posted on 16th May 2017 by

      Read all about our beautiful Kent Lavender fields in this month’s Waitrose Garden Magazine. Pick up in you nearest Waitrose store and learn about the lavender we grow – and admire the beautiful photographs taken mid-July last year at the height of the season! Or read the article digitally by […]

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    • Lavender Plants – now available

      Posted on 5th May 2017 by

      We have a wonderful selection of locally grown Lavender Plants now available. Purchase from the shop – a mixture of Lavender and Lavandin varieties. Lovely as potted gifts and to brighten up your backyard. Lavender plants are hardy, smell wonderful and the flowers are loved by bees, and are good […]

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      Posted on 19th December 2016 by

      From now until Christmas for no extra charge we will UPGRADE your delivery to a NEXT DAY service. From TEA TOWELS to TEA BAGS, from LAVENDER SHORTBREAD to LAVENDER SOAP we can package them up and either send them to you or directly to the recipient with a GIFT MESSAGE […]

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    • Picnic in the Lavender Fields!

      Posted on 4th July 2016 by

      For the first time, we are opening up our lavender field for you to enjoy a relaxing evening picnic with friends and family. Bring your own rug and picnic hamper and enjoy the beautiful view and lovely scent while the sun goes down. There will be a marquee for shelter and some extra snacks […]

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    • Fresh Lavender now available!

      Posted on 27th June 2016 by

      Our beautiful big bunches of lavender – cut by hand straight from our fields are now available daily. Take home the scent of summer with your own handful of beautiful lavandula angustifolia. Just pop into a vase without water and let them air dry naturally. £3 per bunch of 4 for £10 from […]

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    • Looking for a Valentines gift? Look no further!

      Posted on 11th February 2016 by

      Why not buy a loved one an AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE VOUCHERS so they can enjoy a unique experience of a massage in the lavender fields? Order before Saturday 13th February & we will automatically upgrade the delivery to FIRST CLASS at no extra cost! For more information including dates & to […]

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    • Aromatherapy Massage bookings NOW BEING TAKEN!

      Posted on 2nd February 2016 by

      Dates: Fri 8th, Sat 9th, Sun 10th, Mon 11th, Tues 12th, Wed 13th, Thurs 14th, Fri 15th, Sat 16th, Sun 17th, Mon 18th & Tues 19th July 2016 ONLY! For a unique experience, you can book an Aromatherapy Massage in the lavender fields. Imagine lying on a couch in the […]

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      Posted on 16th December 2015 by

      From now until Christmas for no extra charge we will UPGRADE your delivery to a NEXT DAY service. From TEA TOWELS to TEA BAGS, from LAVENDER SHORTBREAD to LAVENDER SOAP we can package them up and either send them to you or directly to the recipient with a GIFT MESSAGE […]

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    • GIVEAWAY! Win our Luxury Sleepy Hamper worth over £60!

      Posted on 2nd December 2015 by

      To celebrate our online shopping this Christmas, we are giving you the opportunity to win the gift of sleep – with one of our Luxury Sleepy Hampers! The prize includes a hamper packed full of natural sleep and pampering gifts, including; Lavender flowers Hop flowers 100ml Kentish Lavender Bath Oil […]

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    • Lavender Honey now availble!

      Posted on 22nd September 2015 by

      Our beautifully smooth lavender honey is now available in the shop – only while stocks last! It is very popular with locals who use the lavender to help with hayfever.

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    • Our Lavender Harvester is in full swing!

      Posted on 29th July 2015 by

      We have been busy cutting our lavender fields while the sun shines and in-between rain showers! Our distillery has been working overtime to get through the trailers of lavender, extracting the oil which will be used in aromatherapy and toiletries. The smell is incredible! Check out our Facebook, Instagram and […]

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    • A purple valley – Lavender in bloom

      Posted on 7th July 2015 by

      The Darenth Valley is looking beautiful as our lavender fields come into full flower! We have already been cutting for bunches, and now we are waiting for the flowers to be at optimum oil capacity before harvesting. Don’t miss out – come and visit before the crop is cut! You […]

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    • Fresh Lavender bunches now being cut

      Posted on 24th June 2015 by

      Our gorgeous lavenders have started to bloom, and fresh bunches are being cut daily and are available from the shop. £2.75 each or 4 for £10.00.

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      Posted on 1st May 2015 by

      We pleased to announce that due to overwhelming demand two new dates have now been added to our Lavender Massage calendar! New dates are: Wednesday 15th July and Monday 20th July. These are in addition to the following dates: Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th, Thursday 16th, Friday 17th, Saturday 18th & […]

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    • Our Lavender harvester in The Times

      Posted on 25th July 2014 by

      Did you see us in The Times?! Farmers son photographer Thomas Alexander took a stunning photo of the lavender harvester in full action as it started cutting the first field of Lavender in July. We are very lucky to have Thomas on hand with his camera – if you like […]

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    • June news from the Farm

      Posted on 15th June 2014 by

      Planting, weeding and preparing for harvest! We have certainly been kept busy down on the farm in the past few months. Not only have we had to look after and carefully hand-weed all our existing lavender fields, but we have added 65,000 new baby plants to the family! These new […]

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    • Fresh Lavender Bunches

      Posted on 5th June 2014 by

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