Come here most years. If you time it right (end of July), you can arrive at harvest time, still see loads of Lavender growing in the fields but also see (and Smell!) some of it being harvested in the distillery.
It's not the most exciting place I have to admit. So I do understand some of the comments about it being "expensive for what it is". But what you get is a relaxing place to spend a few hours without phone signal and just peace and quiet and to some that will be worth it.
- If you avoid the weekends, it's a huge area loads of space to park, and walk around, take photos without bumping into people or having them photobombing you.
- Every year they add something new. This year they had a woodland walk. Really didn't expect much, but it's lovely and quite deceiving how big an area it is. Get to the top corner and you realise you're on a proper hill with a fabulous view. Lots of little bits for younger people to play on, hide and seek etc. That's really good. I like how the owners invest back into the business and add things.
- The shop / cafe kiosk being outside in a cabin. This just works. Few years ago it was in a barn and if you arrived on a semi-busy day, it was HELL. Lines and lines of people waiting to buy stuff, slow service and just so many people it was anxiety-inducing. The new design is better. It's much more efficient.
- Lots of bee friendly plants added. Too much of one crop in an area can be harmful, so this is a really nice touch to add diversity. There are also little signs in one area telling you the variety and name of the plants so you can buy your own.
- Still using Portaloos. They're rank at the best of times and these are a blight on a nice experience. On a slope, doors banging closed, and just gross. I'd like to see them set up something more substantial.
- Surrounding roads. Absolutely nothing the owners can do about the narrow tracks, but some more signage around could help people find (and leave) the site better. No signal coverage for most phone networks, so if you get lost it's bad.
- Waste. Most of the stuff they sell (cups, cans, bottles) is 100% recyclable, but just one general waste bin to put it all in. Not good. For a business that must make well in excess of £10,000 a day from visiting trade. They should be doing their bit and allowing recycling to happen.
- Food options. Pretty limited, and hardly any Vegan items.