The Lavender Farm on the Rainford bypass has a new set of owners! Family team Barbara, Peter and Sarah along with Steve, the resident expert in essential oil production have reopened with a fresh new café and a fantastic farm shop. They have also taken the farm back to its roots, and its historical name of Inglenook.
The farm will receive a great deal of much needed TLC over the next 18 months, with plans in place to refurbish the disused barns and improve and the animal barns and paddocks and create a cultural family destination.
With craft fairs, farmers markets and all manner of events planned for the New Year, everyone at Inglenook is working hard to create a beautiful farm that is really central to the local community. They hope they can gain the support of everyone, and can’t wait to meet you all over the coming weeks! Inglenook Farm are based at Moss Nook Lane on the Rainford bypass, a few hundred meters past the roundabout, on the bypass, at Rainford on the north side of St.Helens. Inglenook Lavender farm Website link
The lavender farm café menu focuses on the very best of great British food, with chef Jeff Green making use of locally sourced ingredients. With roaring log fires, fresh coffee and cakes and a range of seasonal specials, they hope the café will prove to be the perfect place for a great value, freshly cooked lunch or a coffee and cake as you are passing.
The lavender farm café, pictured right, is based inside the farmhouse. You can eat or drink inside the cafe or, on a warm day, you can sit outside. The tables outside are on a clean well kept lawn with flowering bushes to the right (looking outwards) and views across to Rainford to the left.
The very polite and attentive staff at the cafe, ensure that unused tables are kept clean and tidy, as well as checking periodically to ensure that they address the needs of their customers and make them feel comfortable.
Inglenook Farm has two shops. The essential oils shop not only sells essential oils, but many other fragrant and therapeutic products such as hand and body lotions, shampoos, hand made soaps, massage oils, bath oils and salts, plus many other products. The aroma inside the shop is worth the visit in itself.
The new farm shop also sells everything from jams to chutneys, to coffees and cheese, all representing the best of what the region has to offer. Over 400 products sourced direct from small producers from throughout the region will be available all year round, and look out for regular tasting days!
A variety of plants for sale in the courtyard behind the Inglenook Farm farmhouse.
Lavender and other plants are also for sale from the organic produce shop.
Of course, Inglenook is still a farm, and under the expert eye of Steve will continue to grow organic Chamomile and Lavender in its fields. These distinctive daisy like plants are distilled and bottled in Inglenook’s on-site laboratory to create unique, organic essential oils. Available in the shop will be over 80 varieties of essential oils and a range of hydrosols, carrier oils and other distinctive, handmade beauty products from shampoos to face creams.
The production of essential oils takes place on the farm and can be watched during the free open days held at the farm. On the open days, visitors are shown around the distillation plant and also the laboratory where some of the oil based products are made and where research is undertaken. There are two special open day weekends, usually in July, which take place at the same time as the lavender harvest.
Inglenook Farm also hold education days for students, with tours of the facilities, demonstrations in the laboratory and refinery, as well as lectures in their own conference centre.
Re-Nu is not part of Inglenook farm, but is based at the Lavender farm, both businesses complementing each other.
Re-Nu therapies, established for over 2 years, offer beauty and holistic treatments in her therapy suite in the farmhouse. Treatments on offer include aromatherapy massage with hot stones and Indian head massage. Re-Nu also offer unique ‘Pamper with Pals’ treatments, inviting you to come with a friend relax and enjoy a selection of treatments together.
Re-Nu is owned by Ruth Rushworth, a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists.
Contact Ruth on: 01695 577842 or 07738 935348 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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Inglenook farm continues to be the home of other great, local businesses.
At Boonric gallery you will see the stunning water colours of Joanne Boon and Eric Fleming plus other guest artists on display. These striking pictures are also on sale, and throughout the year Joanne offers demonstrations and tutorials in watercolour.
Visit the Boonric Gallery website here
Afrikan Dream, offers unique hand crafted jewellery and giftware, all handmade by local artisans in Kenya from sustainable raw and recycled materials. Their contemporary collection combines stunning designs, vibrant colours for those consumers who not only appreciate bespoke design and style but who are also ethically minded.
Inglenook farm has a number of farm pets roaming around the farm. From Turkeys and Guinea fowl to various varieties of chicken, the birds walk around the farm with almost total disregard for the visitors only occasionally come over for an inquisitive look.
Barn swallows are frequently seen flying around the farm buildings and arrive at the farm around April.
Inglenook farm farm also has pigs, a sheep and a donkey.