Bridestowe Lavender Estate runs over 260 acres and is the world’s largest privately-owned lavender farm. With an estimated 650,000 plants, the lavender rows stretch for about 200 kilometres in total – our guests love to get lost in the purple flowers, clean air and open spaces of our farm.
Bridestowe grows true French lavender, Lavandula angustifolia, the only lavender variety suitable for use in perfume and cooking. As a result, Bridestowe Lavender Estate is one of the few farms that is truly paddock to plate.
When lavender flowers are harvested at Bridestowe, a portion are dried and the remaining flowers are distilled to extract their fine oil. Our premium lavender oil and flowers are then used to create a wide range of beautiful products, from skin creams, teas, soaps and linen sachets to our famous Bobbie Bear heat packs and lavender pancakes.
All of this happens at Bridestowe and you can watch it in action throughout the year, taste test our products in the Woodcroft Café and browse through our extensive gift shop.
As the oldest and most respected global brand for fine oil, Bridestowe Lavender Farm is amongst the world’s best.
Our farm philosophy
Since the Dennys began Bridestowe in 1922, the farm has been built on a philosophy of exceptional lavender quality and innovative, efficient and sustainable agriculture.
Five exceptional lavender clones were bred for increased yield, drought tolerance and reduced camphor almost 100 years ago, and these are still used on the farm today.
Lavender is traditionally grown in straight rows throughout Europe and is often planted by seed rather than cuttings. The Dennys identified that planting in curved rows would help to make the most of their rainfall and reduce erosion. Using cuttings rather than seed meant that they could control the lavender oil quality and produce a fine and consistent product.
These are just two examples of the innovations that have propelled Bridestowe Lavender Estate to worldwide recognition. A tradition the current owners continue today.