Welsh Lavender

Welsh Lavender

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.

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.

Wild flowers at Welsh Lavender.

Wild flowers.

Wild flower garden area.


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).

The wild swimming pool and views of the Welsh hills beyond.
A view of the wild swimming pond and the hills beyond.
The wild swimming pond at Welsh Lavender.
The wild swimming pond at Welsh Lavender.
Take a dip in the wild swimming pond.
Fancy a swim?!

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.

Welsh Labender.

A bee on a wild flower.

A bee flying to a wild flower.

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.


  1. It’s such a beautiful time of year, and your photos are stunningly beautiful.
    We had severe storms recently, and some of my plants are laying down on the job now, but I feel that they’ll perk up again.
    Thank you for thinking of our lost Paddy O’Malley; he leaves a big hole in our lives, but I’ve got a laptop full of photos…since he was handsome and a big goof!

  2. Lisa says:

    Oh wow, Nikki, these are beautiful photos. We have a lavender farm near us (Somerset Lavender) and often visit them, but they don’t have a wild swimming pool, sadly!

  3. Kelly says:

    Gorgeous lavender. In fact, ALL the flowers are beautiful. I think I’ll pass on that wild swimming pond. Too cold, plus I like to be able to see what might be swimming with!! You couldn’t pay me enough to get in our pond!

  4. There is such an abundance of wildflower meadows this year and some of them are really stunning. Together with the added vibrant colour of the lavender, I can imagine how amazing this one must have been.

    I see that here in Somerset, there are collective plans to re-wildflower graveyards, back to how they would have originally been hundreds of years ago and just cut them down once a year in the autumn. Should be an interesting scheme to follow!

    Stunning pictures as always, thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. I love the colour of huge swathes of lavender but sadly I can’t go near the stuff as the perfume gives me a bad headache 🙁 I love the bee and those brightly coloured wild flowers are stunning 🙂

  6. Anca says:

    The lavender farm looks gorgeous. It reminded me of a farm I went for a few times, I should go and visit them again. The walk is lovely too with so many lovely flowers and the bees. Like you, I wouldn’t swim in the lake. 🙂

  7. Kris P says:

    What a beautiful place! My local botanic garden devoted a large area to lavender last year and this year and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed that space. In fact, I planted an area of my own garden (much smaller) in lavender plants this summer. Another plus is: rabbits hate lavender! It was wonderful to have something they won’t eat 😉

  8. Marty says:

    The aromas must have been heavenly. I get cold easily too, but more than that I’m always leery of swimming in ponds or even oceans. I don’t like what I might brush up against (or step on!).

  9. jeanie says:

    This looks like heaven on earth and it had to smell like heaven, too, with all that lavender going around. I adore the whole idea and every single photo is a treasure. You are such a fabulous photographer and I love how you take us places I may never see but oh, would so like to!

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