Inglenook Lavender Farm, on the Rainford bypass, is owned by the family team of Barbara, Peter and Sarah along with Steve, the resident expert in essential oil production. The farm has a fresh new café, a fantastic farm shop and other, complimentary, shops owned by other artisan businesses at the farm. They have also taken the farm back to its roots, and its historical name of Inglenook.
The farm has received a great deal of TLC over the past 18 months, with even more plans in place to refurbish the disused barns and improve the animal barns and paddocks, to create a cultural family destination.
With craft fairs, farmers markets, the cafe, artisan workshops, animals, and all manner of events taking place throughout the year, everyone at Inglenook is working hard to create a beautiful farm that is really central to the local community and provide a really enjoyable day out. They hope they can gain your support, and can’t wait to meet you over the coming weeks.
Inglenook Farm is based at Moss Nook Lane on the Rainford bypass, a few hundred meters past the roundabout, at Rainford, on the north side of St.Helens.
Visit Inglenook Lavender farm Website
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 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 a family of small goats, woo of which were born at easter 2014. They have ducks, a sheep and a donkey.
More farm animal pictures at the bottom of this page
On the second Sunday in every month, Inglenook Farm host an acclaimed Craft and Farmers Market in their Victorian courtyard and barns.
They have over 50 stalls selling all manor of fantastic produce. You will find a huge range of beautiful, handmade crafts and gifts,art and vintage goods, and award winning local produce and food - all regionally sourced.
Inglenook farm carefully select their stalls, to make sure they find the best of what the region has to offer, and that all our stalls are independant local businesses.
A swing Music band, "The Cotton Town Hot Club", play at the market each month for swing music and dancing, ensuring that there is a truly unique atmosphere to the day.
Essential oil production takes place on the farm under the expert eye of Steve Holmes, of Essentia Oils UK, who continues to grow organic Chamomile and Lavender in its fields. These distinctive daisy like plants are distilled and bottled in an on-site laboratory to create unique, organic essential oils. Available in the shop are 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 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.
For more information visit essenciaoils.com
Re-Nu is not part of Inglenook farm, but is based at the Lavender farm, both businesses complementing each other.
Re-Nu therapies have been established for over 5 years, they 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.
For price list and offers at Re-Nu visit the Re-Nu pages of inglenooks website.
Inglenook Farm 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.
John Andrews is a top class luthier, handcrafting and restoring fretted instruments from his workshop at Inglenook Farm.
John studied the craft of making musical instruments, under the guidance luthier, the late John Bailey, at Merton college in London.
Johns instruments are traditionally constructed, using sustainable timbers whereever possible. The wood is finished with french polishing to bring out it’s natural beauty. His aim is to form an instrument with a soul and the power to transform music into something with a life of it’s own.
African Dream, based in the courtyard at Inglenook, 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.
By selling these beautifully made products African Dream are helping to keep the delicate art of African-crafting alive.
See more of what African Dream Sells at their shop at Inglenook Farm, or you can visit their website at www.africandream.uk.com
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.
Joanne tutors and demonstrates on a regular basis throughout the North West as well as at the NEC, Sardinia, Tuscany and Corsica. Her work is popular in the current John Lewis portfolio and recently her watercolour demonstrations have been filmed by a Video arts group who distribute worldwide.
Eric is now retired with over 40 years experience in graphics and illustration and now paints for his own pleasure.
Steve Williams another local artist and a North West art tutor and demonstrator also joined Joanne and Eric in 2012 as a resident artist.
More pictures of some of the farm animals
The goats of Inglenook Farm. The two young goats were born during the easter bank holiday. They can be quite funny.