Set high in the Ardeche near Saint-Remèze, this is a lovely site, surrounded by scrubland and some vineyards. The farm is surrounded by fields of lavender. These are at their best in June and July. When we visited in Mid August, most of the lavender flowers had been cut. There is the constant sound of crickets singing.
The flowers are cut by machine and are left to dry for a year before the essential oils are extracted. The still can be seen in a room off the shop. The farm has a small museum of old machinery and also offers tours. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to do one of these.
It has a small cafe, reasonable toilets and a very good shop selling a range of lavender products from lavender bags, oils (good for rheumatism and headaches apparently) as well as soaps. Prices are very reasonable and this is a good place to buy holiday gifts.
The farm is open daily from 19-7 from the beginning of April to the end of September.