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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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    • It’s Pumpkin season on Castle Farm

      Posted on 19th September 2017 by

      kent-pumpkins-and-squashes

      The Hop Shop has a wonderful selection of farm-grown pumpkins now available! Harvested from our pumpkin patch on Castle Farm, we are known for growing some well-known favourites, such as Butternut Squash and Crown Prince, but also some more unusual varieties that you won’t find in the supermarkets, such as Rolet […]

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    • Castle Farm features in Selfridges & Net-A-Porter photoshoots

      Posted on 18th September 2017 by

      Castle Farm was chosen as the location backdrop for Selfridges and NetA Porter to photoshoot their Autumn looks earlier this summer.. taking advantage of the varied landscape and fields we have in the Darenth Valley. They used the apple orchards, maize fields, harvest wheat fields, grassland and straw bales. The resulting […]

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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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    • Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year

      Posted on 18th July 2017 by

      Landscape Artist of the Year 2017 by Sky Arts will be filming at The Hop Shop, Castle Farm on Tuesday 18th July! The selected artists will be competing in the semi-finals of the series by painting our beautiful Lavender fields in full bloom across the Darenth Valley. You are welcome to […]

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    • Introducing our new Coffee Cart

      Posted on 3rd July 2017 by

      Introducing… The COFFEE Cart This year we have been busy lovingly converting an old Rice Horse Box into our band new Coffee Cart! Making a special appearance over the Summer months, The Coffee Cart will be offering freshly ground barista-made Coffees and speciality Hop Shop Teas – all for Take […]

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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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    • Yoga in a Lavender Field anyone?

      Posted on 13th June 2017 by

      New event for 2017 – thanks to Fisical Oils Yoga who are offering a unique experience to enjoy a 1hr early morning vinyasa flow practice 🙏🏼 A perfect way to start a summer morning looking out onto the beautiful scenery and taking in the amazing scent the lavender offers whilst […]

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    • Kentish Strawberry Scones

      Posted on 10th June 2017 by

      These scones are light and delicious – only 5 easy ingredients! Pick up a punnet of fresh Kent grown strawberries, and double cream in the shop and get started! 6 strawberries 2 cups self-raising flour 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup thick cream 1/2 cup lemonade Simply add all ingredients into […]

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    • Need a summer job? Barista wanted

      Posted on 30th May 2017 by

      Looking for a summer job and LOVE coffee? Something exciting is happening at The Hop Shop in the next few weeks and we are looking for someone who can confidently serve coffees and teas, plus can work weekends. To apply, please email info@hopshop.co.uk with your details and availability. We are […]

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    • Local strawberries now in the shop

      Posted on 24th May 2017 by

      STRAWBERRIES || Locally Kent grown and now in the shop! Can’t get much more delicious than a new season sweet English strawberry! 🍓 We also have plenty of cream (double and clotted!), plus giant meringues, brandy snaps and ice cream. Summer evening perfection. Support Local.

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    • Family Business of the Year 2017!

      Posted on 23rd May 2017 by

      We are very proud to have been crowned winners of Family Business of the Year 2017 in The Times Local Newspapers Business Awards! The farm has come through several generations, and now sits with William and Caroline Alexander, who work alongside their three children including Crispin and his wife Hazel […]

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