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    • JOB AVAILABLE

      Posted on 4th February 2019 by

      We are looking for a wonderful GENERAL SHOP ASSISTANT to help us out on Castle Farm. We need a friendly, versatile, hands-on and energetic person to join the team here at The Hop Shop and Castle Farm. The role will be part time, consisting of one weekend day and additional weekdays as […]

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    • Flower Forecast – whats hot for 2019?

      Posted on 23rd January 2019 by

      What are we going to see in florals this year? Here’s the guide! Click the gallery or see below….   ‘LIVING CORAL’ is Pantone colour of the year… so expect to see this reflected in blooms. A burst of energy and positivity! MINIMALISM Think single stems and simple colour. Single […]

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    • Best thing for mind, body and soul? Get more sleep!

      Posted on 16th January 2019 by

      Imagine you could take a pill which would help you; – Loose weight – Improve concentration and productivity – Decrease your risk of heart disease and stroke – Improve your mood and reduce the risk of depression – Improve your immune functions – Improve your body’s inflammatory responses Sounds pretty magical eh? Well, all of the above have […]

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    • Conservation at Castle Farm

      Posted on 16th January 2019 by

      Here at Castle Farm, alongside our 100+ acres of Lavender, and all our other crops, we have 30,000 metres of 6m-wide wildflower grass margins, which are grown solely to encourage wildlife, insects and hedgerow diversity…. (So this is 30 km or over 18 miles in length!). 🌸☘️🌼🌱 .. We are […]

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    • Your guide – Choosing Hop plants for your Garden

      Posted on 15th January 2019 by

      Now is the time to order and plant your Hop Plants! These beautiful green climbers are a wonderful addition to the country garden, twirling up pergolas or decorating wall areas – if you plant them now they will establish themselves for good growth in their first year. All our Hop […]

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    • FREE UPGRADE TO NEXT DAY DELIVERY!

      Posted on 17th December 2018 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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    • Castle Farm Gift Guide 2018

      Posted on 20th November 2018 by

      See what the Castle Farm Team have chosen as their favourite Christmas gift picks for 2018! At this time of year, The Hop Shop turns into an Aladdin’s Cave of delights… foodie treats, gifts for all the family, Christmas decorations, festive foods, party nibbles and Christmas cheer! This year we […]

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    • How to create the perfect Gift Hamper

      Posted on 15th November 2018 by

      There is only one thing better than receiving a Gift Hamper under the Christmas Tree…. and that is MAKING ONE! It’s like being a kid in a sweet shop, choosing all the contents and customising the perfect gift…. It sings love and thought… plus the best thing is that it […]

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    • CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EVENING

      Posted on 15th November 2018 by

      You are invited to Castle Farm’s Christmas Shopping Evening on 29th November 2018, 5pm-8pm. Join us for a special evening under twinkling fairy lights for complimentary Christmas punch, nibbles and FREE gift hamper wrapping. With gifts for all the family, we hope you can tick off your Christmas List – and our gift-buying team […]

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    • PUMPKINS FOR THANKSGIVING

      Posted on 12th November 2018 by

      PUMPKINS FOR THANKSGIVING 🙏🏻 || Our final Castle Farm Pumpkins are out, under twinkling fairy lights – and in time for thanksgiving. Decorate your front porch & interior with these incredible super size pumpkins, or adorn your dining table with pretty little squashes and mini gold dust pumpkins. Pop down […]

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    • NEW LAVENDER GIFTS ONLINE

      Posted on 10th November 2018 by

      LAVENDER GIFTS 💜 || Do you have a favourite?! Pure Castle Farm Lavender goes into every single bottle…. and these beautiful Lavender Embroidered Bags are NEW to our online shop. Make someone happy and give them the gift of relaxation… sleep… calmness. Memories of summer in our purple Kentish Lavender […]

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    • ORDER CHRISTMAS MEATS

      Posted on 10th November 2018 by

      🎄CHRISTMAS DINNER SHOWSTOPPER🎄|| What you will serve up on Christmas Day? Get your order in early… Bronze free-range Turkey, Castle Farm Beef, free-range goose, duck, pheasant, chicken or Gammon. All our meats are fully traceable and (importantly) taste tested by the team! Click here for price list, and call on […]

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    • Harpers Bazaar in the Lavender

      Posted on 21st October 2018 by

      Did you see us in the October issue of Harpers Bazaar? The team were on location in the Kentish Lavender fields at Castle Farm this summer.. and the final photographs were just stunning! Lets just say it was a very relaxing shoot…. Beautiful shots by an incredibly talented team to […]

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    • Crown Prince – our Grey Pumpkins!

      Posted on 21st October 2018 by

      Our beautiful ‘Crown Prince’ grey pumpkins have been so popular this year… not only do they look lovely but they are wonderful in warming soups and excellent to roast then cut up into warm autumn salads. Highly recommend! Come and choose your perfect grey Pumpkin from outside the shop…. all […]

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    • Castle Farm Pumpkins now ready!

      Posted on 21st October 2018 by

      Embrace Autumn and come and choose from our beautiful Castle Farm Pumpkins! Grown on our very own pumpkin patch in the heart of Kent’s Garden of England. We have been busy harvesting lots of wonderful pumpkin varieties – including grey Crown Prince, mini Gold Dust, orange Mars, pretty Harlequin and […]

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    • Pick Your Own Apples at Castle Farm

      Posted on 29th August 2018 by

      Our pretty little orchard will be open for PYO from THIS WEEKEND. Bring family & friends to enjoy picking our famous Norfolk Royal Apples straight from the tree – they taste amazing! FIRST WEEKEND – Open Sat 1st & Sun 2nd September from 10am – 5pm. THEN – The Castle […]

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    • Introducing… our new look Hop Shop TEAS. Now online

      Posted on 17th August 2018 by

      We are happy to introduce our new-look Hop Shop Tea range…! At The Hop Shop… we love tea! Our unique range of specialist teas and herbal infusions, has been designed by a Master Tea Blender, using the finest high-grade ingredients from around the world… and some of Castle Farm’s own […]

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    • Re-live your Lavender Aromatherapy Massage with this Oil…

      Posted on 1st August 2018 by

      If you were lucky enough to have received an Aromatherapy Massage in our Lavender fields this year, then this beautiful, smooth oil is what all our Aromatherapists have been using for ultimate relaxation. It’s produced directly from our fields and blended with soothing Sweet Almond and Neroli Oil. It’s insanely […]

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    • Sleep Well with our Natural Sleep Range

      Posted on 1st August 2018 by

      ✨SLEEP WELL✨|| Don’t you just love our new Tea packaging?! We are slowly rolling out this beautiful new packaging, which is more environmentally friendly that our previous plastic packages. Stay tuned for more on our updated tea range soon (we are just getting it photographed)… in the meantime, its all […]

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    • Lavender for Horses

      Posted on 31st July 2018 by

      The Telegraph released a study today, showcasing that “Lavender is the secret to keeping horses calm”! We would love to hear your experience of this! “The University of Arizona has discovered that a quick sniff of lavender can lower heart rate and keep the animal calm. The new study, which […]

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    • Lavender Harvest is underway!

      Posted on 26th July 2018 by

      HARVEST || Harvest is underway! We are busy out cutting our 130 acres of Lavender, and distilling on site for our Oils. The particular variety being harvested today is called Maillette, and is being cut for its high grade Kentish Lavender Oil which is used in aromatherapy, massage and relaxation.The […]

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    • PACKHOUSE OPENING

      Posted on 29th June 2018 by

      PACKHOUSE OPENING We will be opening the doors to our packhouse throughout July starting on Saturday 30th June, selling Lavender products, seasonal fruit and offering tastings of our lovely farm foods. Sally Ferguson, who hand-makes glass jewellery, will be with us every day. On various other days we will be welcoming additional stands […]

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    • Our Lavender Bench

      Posted on 29th June 2018 by

      In the corner of our most famous field, we now have a pretty Lavender Bench where you can sit and relax, taking in the scent of the Lavender… Plus it makes for a pretty good photo opp too! There is no charge to enter this part of the field, but we ask you not to […]

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    • Lavender with Kelly Brook

      Posted on 29th June 2018 by

      Keep an eye out in early July for our segment on ITV’s This Morning. We have been busy filming with the beautiful Kelly Brook… cutting Lavender, learning all about the different types of Lavender, making Lavender heart wreaths, demonstrating our Kentish Lavender Aromatherapy Oils and not to forget, eating Lavender […]

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    • We are planting baby Lavender!

      Posted on 5th June 2018 by

      We are planting over 14,000 new baby Lavender plants this week! Every little plant needs to be carefully planted and watered at a precise point up every single row… and every single row needs to be perfectly straight! Have a look in our Instagram Story highlights to see how its […]

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    • We need your help… Vote for us in the Muddy Stiletto Awards!

      Posted on 15th May 2018 by

      Wow 🎉  – We have made it into the Top 5 Farm Shops in Kent for the Muddy Stilettos Awards! As a small independent farm, it means so much that so many of you voted for us to be in the finals – thank you! But we still need your […]

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    • Picnic under the apple blossom this weekend!

      Posted on 1st May 2018 by

      For the first time ever Castle Farm is opening up its heritage Norfolk Royal apple orchard at blossom time! If you have been here for Pick Your Own you will know what a lovely setting our orchard has but this time you can come and see it full of pretty […]

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    • Castle Farm Cattle enjoying our Roundhouse

      Posted on 25th March 2018 by

      Thankfully the grass is starting to grow again in the water meadows after a very wet Winter. Hopefully the ground will dry out soon and the young cattle can enjoy some fresh grazing! In the meantime, the cattle enjoy our state of the art ‘Roundhouse’ building. We had a visiting study group from Iowa State […]

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    • We are open over Easter

      Posted on 25th March 2018 by

      COME VISIT Whether you’re out walking in the lovely Darent Valley or in need of some excellent hot cross buns we will be open: Good Friday 10am – 5pm Easter Saturday 9am – 5pm Easter Sunday 10am – 5pm Easter Monday 10am – 5pm WALK THE VALLEY  Farmer William has created […]

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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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    • FREE UPGRADE TO NEXT DAY DELIVERY!

      Posted on 15th December 2017 by

      Lavender Pamper collection

      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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    • The coffee cart is back!

      Posted on 8th December 2017 by

      ENJOY OUR CHRISTMAS COFFEE MENU!  Warm yourself while Christmas shopping down on the farm with a seasonal drink from our wonderful Coffee Cart.  Specials this Christmas, include Gingerbread or Hazelnut Lattes and Hot Chocolates with cream and marshmallows or Black Forest syrup. You must try our wonderful Winter Apple and Ginger Punch… and finish it all off […]

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    • What are you eating for Christmas Dinner?

      Posted on 29th November 2017 by

      If you haven’t already – you need to start thinking about what meat you will be enjoying on Christmas Day and over the holiday season. Our Christmas Meat selection comes from trusted, traceable sources, and you can choose from free-range Bronze Turkey (reared from an old fashioned breed for extra tenderness and flavour), free-range Goose, Duck, Chicken […]

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    • Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year

      Posted on 28th November 2017 by

      Tune into Sky Arts at 8pm on Wednesday 29 November to see our Kentish Lavender fields featuring in the semi finals of Landscape Artist of the Year! The artists battle it out to win the judges eye as they paint our beautiful Darenth Valley in full purple bloom. Hosted by […]

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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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    • WIN! Pumpkin Carving Competition!

      Posted on 6th October 2017 by

      UPDATE – We have a winner! @ceri_insta won the competition with this fabulously creative and detailed design. Thank you to everyone who entered – we loved seeing all your Pumpkin Carving creations! Take part in The Hop Shop’s Pumpkins Carving Competition and you could win an Autumn hamper of food […]

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    • Pumpkins for carving, cooking & decorating!

      Posted on 4th October 2017 by

      Castle Farm pumpkins

      We are THE place for Pumpkins this year! It’s been a bumper crop down on Castle Farm, so come and choose your perfect pumpkin for carving, cooking, or just making your home look pretty this Autumn! Read more about our pumpkins here.

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    • Cottage for short term let

      Posted on 27th September 2017 by

      We have a lovely Farm Cottage available for short term let over the Winter. Fully furnished and the perfect cosy home. Can be two or three bedroom (sleeps 4), with fully equipped kitchen, lovely living room, bathroom, laundry, private garden and drive, off road parking, Sky TV, WiFi… and a great little farm […]

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    • Book in your Christmas Wreath Course

      Posted on 27th September 2017 by

      Come and join in the Christmas spirit and make a gorgeous Christmas Wreath of fresh foliage for your front door. Don’t worry if you are a beginner – we provide expert guidance every step of the way! All the beautiful foliage is grown on Castle Farm or locally sourced, and we […]

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