High up in the hills above Builth Wells in Mid Wales sits Welsh Lavender, a lavender farm created by an Oxford philosopher and an international journalist. Once a sheep farm, the lavender farm now shows off fields of blue during the summer and visitors are welcomed throughout July and August.
Welsh Lavender is open daily throughout July and August, but has been opening for the National Garden Scheme on Fridays. The last Friday opening for the NGS this year will be 20th August 2021 and tickets can be pre-booked on the NGS website. Money raised by the NGS is donated to nursing and health care charities.
Visitors can walk through the lavender fields, as well as enjoy the wild flowers, wild swimming pond and the views. Wait… wild swimming pond? Yes! If you’re brave enough, you can take a swim in the pond. On the day we visited, it was overcast but warm and one brave woman took a dip! I’m not so brave (I get cold easily).
There is a small shop where you can buy hand creams, foot creams, body lotion, lip balms, essential oils etc made with lavender oil distilled on the farm. Tea, cakes and snacks are also available to buy, but visitors are welcome to bring along picnics if they wish.
Due to the terrain of the farm, it is only partially wheelchair accessible.
Welsh Lavender is 4.5 miles south of Builth Wells and 13 miles north of Brecon, just off the B5420 – a very hilly road! The views are fantastic though.