Inglenook Lavender Farm, on the Rainford bypass, is owned by the family team of Steve, Barbara, Peter and Sarah. Steve is the resident expert in essential oil production. The farm has an excellent café, a 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 recently received a great deal of TLC and refurbishment. The, previously disused, barns have been rebuilt inside to house the stalls of the artisans during the monthly artisan and farmers market. The animal barns and paddocks have received similar upgrades, all 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, I can definately recommend a trip and the Artisan market is the best I have visited.
The Inglenook farm café menu focuses on the very best of great British food, with their chef making use of locally sourced ingredients. With roaring log fires in winter, fresh coffee and cakes and a range of seasonal specials, the café is the perfect place for a great value, freshly cooked lunch or just a coffee and cake.
The lavender farm café 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 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 your needs and make you feel comfortable.
Inglenook farm has a number of farm pets roaming around the farm. Farm birds from Turkeys and Guinea fowl to various varieties of chicken wander around the fields and farmyard 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 larger animals, a family of small goats, two of which were born at easter 2014, a sheep and a donkey and two small shetland ponies. There are also ducks in the same enclosure as the goats.
The farm also sells chickens for people who wish to either keep them for egg laying or simply as pets.
There are other animals too. All the animals are friendly .
Re-Nu are a well-established spa, offering beauty and holistic therapies at Inglenook Farm since Spring 2009. They specialise in pamper days, aromatherapy massage, hot stone therapy, Indian head massage, pregnancy treatments, anti-ageing facials and ear candling therapy. Re-Nu are committed to provide you with a first class treatment and a tailor-made, relaxing, experience to help you look and feel your best.
Their stress-free therapy rooms are located at Inglenook Farm, in the farmhouse, above the cafe. It is an idyllic rural setting with plenty of parking and a perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
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They look forward to welcoming you.
On the second Sunday of every month, Inglenook farm host an acclaimed and very popular Craft and Farmers Market in the Victorian courtyard and specially fitted out, clean and spacious barns.
There are around 50 stalls selling all manor of fantastic produce, from fine regional foods and drink to handmade crafts, art and vintage goods.
During the farmers market, the farms resident arts and craft artisans are also open, as is the farm shop which sells oils, sweets and other goods and also the farm cafe.
The Cotton Town Hot Club are at the market each month (check the farms facebook page for changes), for swing music and dancing, ensuring that there is a truly unique atmosphere to the day.
Boonric gallery has stunning water colours by Joanne Boon and Eric Fleming, plus other guest artists, on display and for sale.
Joanne tutors and demonstrates watercolours on a regular basis throughout the North West as well as at the NEC, Sardinia, Tuscany and Corsica. Joannes work is currently in the John Lewis portfolio and recently her watercolour demonstrations have been filmed by a Video arts group who distribute worldwide.
Eric has 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 joined Joanne and Eric in 2012 as a resident artist.
African Dream, based in the courtyard at Inglenook, offers unique hand crafted jewellery and giftware, all handmade by 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.
Visit their shop at Inglenook Farm, or visit their website at www.africandream.uk.com
John Andrews is a top class luthier as well as a fully qualified cycle mechanic, handcrafting and restoring fretted instruments as well as restoring and repairing classic steel bicycles from his farm workshop.
John studied the craft of making musical instruments, under the guidance of luthier, the late John Bailey.
Johns instruments are traditionally constructed, using sustainable timbers whereever possible. The wood is finished with french polishing to bring out it’s natural beauty. Johns other passion is cycles, especially classic cycles and he keeps a good stock of retro parts as well as inner tubes, cables and brake blocks etc.
Kaunis Koti Candles was born in 2011 from a love and passion for candles and fine fragrances.and has now made Inglenook Farm their permanent home.
Visit their gorgeous workshop, in one of the farms converted stables and see the candles being hand crafted. Enjoy the amazing cocktail of fragrances and essential oils or browse the stunning range of products. Kaunis Koti also offer bespoke candle making services.
You can also visit the Kaunis Koti Candles website at kauniskoticandles.co.uk, where you can see samples of their craft as well as read detailed descriptions of their fragrances on the fragrances page.
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
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.
The Rainford Heritage Society has a small museum at Inglenook farm. The society was formed by a group of local people in order to rediscover and record the rich agricultural and industrial past of Rainford village. They meet regularly throughout the year and take part in many local events to encourage an interest in the heritage of the area in which they live. The society have an extensive collection of artefacts, collected and donated by residents of the village over several years. The impressive displays encompasses the villages rich history, with a wide range of displays. Rainford, historically part of the county of Lancashire, appears in records in the early 12th Century, finally becoming a township in its own right in 1861. It has a rich history of farming, with several large farms surrounding it, including Inglenook farm.
Visit the Heritage society website at www.rainfordheritage.co.uk