A thread to the past
At the root of Long Barn is a true love of lavender.
As growers and distillers of English lavender, we are continuing a heritage of farming that is almost forgotten in this country. In Victorian times, a thriving industry was developed upon the commercial farming and distillation of lavender.
The main concentration was in Wandle Valley, centered upon the town of Mitcham which became world famous for its lavender goods. Firms such as Potter & Moore, John Jakson & Co, and Crown Perfumery exported their products all over the globe. Other areas such as Hitchin, Corfe Mullen, and Grove Ferry, Kent grew lavender for short periods.
Proud of our link to the past, we have a permanent exhibit of artifacts and ephemera, celebrating the last of the Victorian Farmers in our lovingly named Lavender Corridor, at Long Barn. Above the framed old postcards and vintage bottles, there is a traditionally sign written quote:
“As Rosemary is to the spirit, lavender is to the soul”
We couldn’t agree more. We invited, painter and illustrator Dan Williams to paint his signature lavender stems onto the windows too, making this a delightful walk through the old and new parts of the barn.
Growers & Distillers
We grow lavender on our farm, some seven miles from our Barn, in the heart of Hampshire. We distill our lavender oil during July and August, generally on the day of cutting, using a traditional steam method that has been in use for centuries.
Our Home & Beauty Range
Inspired by the English countryside around us, we offer a range of goods from our annual lavender crop. Lavender is one of the most versatile essential oils. It’s relaxing scent and healing properties makes it ideal for many uses on ourselves and in the home. Our range is made entirely from simple, natural ingredients and we never compromise on quality.
We have one of the largest selections of lavender available in the country. As growers, it’s only fitting we celebrate the full diversity of the flower and Richard Norris, our founder, and resident lavender expert has selected an enviable collection. Discover little-known varieties such as Little Lady, Loddon Blue, and Melissa Lilac, alongside classics, Hidcote, Munstead, and Grosso on our plant terrace.