Welcome to Castle Farm the largest lavender farm in the UK! The Lavender season runs from late June until the end of July, when our fields turn a stunning deep purple. We grow over 100 acres of the fragrant crop and extract our beautiful high quality essential oils on site, in our state-of-the-art steam distillery.
Our exclusive range of Kentish Lavender Oils, Culinary Essences, toiletries, dried flowers, gifts and foods are available online and in our lovely little farm shop in Kent. We hope you enjoy having a look around…
We are proud of the beautiful fragrance and consistent high quality of the Lavender and Lavandin oils which we grow and distill on our family farm near Sevenoaks. The pure essential oils are used in our own range of toiletries (soaps, hand creams etc), natural sleep products, candles, massage oils and food essences. They are also sold to fragrance houses for a host of other uses from everyday household products to exclusive perfumes.
During the summer months, we harvest bunches of lavender by hand every year, to sell fresh during the season, and also to air dry for sale throughout the year. These bunches are used for interior decoration at home or for weddings and events.
The Hop Shop’s unique Lavender Culinary Essences have provided home cooks and chefs with innovative recipe ideas and have increased the popularity of as a food flavouring – in recent years it has featured in numerous food magazines and on TV. Working closely with local food producers, The Hop Shop has developed an exciting range of lavender foods for the farm shop – from lavender ice cream, chocolate, fudge, jams, cakes and biscuits to Lavender salt and chutneys.
The colour and scent of the flowering season attracts huge number of visitors to the farm. Lavender-themed food tastings, wreath workshops, Lavender Tours, BYO Pop Up Lavender Picnics, plant sales and aromatherapy massages are held in the flowering season between late June and late July. For more information see our Lavender Season page, events directory or sign up to our Newsletter to keep up-to-date so you don’t miss out.
Our carefully chosen garden Lavender varieties are available from the shop – you can introduce a little Castle Farm bliss to your own back garden! Find out the best varieties for your garden here.
Lavender plants are ready for sale from the shop from early May but the lavender season really gets underway in mid-June and the glorious scent and vibrant colour of the fields fill the valley until early August. Harvesting for oil starts in mid July and continues until early August, progressing through the different varieties as they mature.
Throughout the Lavender season, we run a number of special events on Castle Farm. There is no entry fee to the farm, and we welcome visitors every day of the week. There is a £2 car parking charge on weekends during July.
Visitors to the farm are welcome to take photographs in our Lavender viewing area near to our Lavender Bench. However, due to the fact that we are a busy working farm and the Lavender is a commercial crop, further access to the Lavender fields has to be strictly controlled and is only permitted as part of a group tour, or if the location is booked in advance for private groups.
Commercial photography and portrait photography of clients is not permitted unless organised and agreed in advance. We run photography evenings which can be pre booked by professional photographers giving private access to the Lavender fields. Drone photography is not permitted. For more information or to book for this season, email email@example.com to register your interest. Please note we get booked up very fast after dates are released in May.