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The Lavender Farm Blog

The lavender farm is not only a working farm but a well established Isle of Wight attraction. Within the farm team, there is an overwhelming desire is to share and bring to the attention of the public the many interesting ecological and educational aspects that we see on a daily basis.

Our primary goal is to operate a successful business, however,  we also see ourselves as an educational and informative centre. To this end we will be publishing various articles based around our nursery experiences as well as what we call good sense ecological propositions, that need to be shared, discussed and understood.


Shining a light…

November’s issue of the Beacon, an Island magazine, features The Lavender Farm and Reuben.  It gives you a broad idea of Reuben and the Farm’s activities, painting Reuben as the island character he is. 


reuben's tractor
Fordson Standard

The tractor he uses for ploughing competitions is the same one he first drove at aged 10, being a Fordson Standard. Aside from winning awards at ploughing Reuben and the team have won many medals for their lavender stand at Hampton Court Flower Show and others. 

champion ploughman
Champion Ploughman on many occasions

He also breeds rare sheep and his latest project, with wife Jill, is to cultivate a new strain of rose.  All this whilst running a 182 acre farm, maintaining an interest in rural crafts, and the tearooms and shop too!

Thank you to the Beacon and John Hannah for letting us reproduce the article.

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The Ghostly Monk

The Ghostly Monk

The Blacklands - The name alone conjures up thoughts of foul deeds afoot!  Prior to Quarr Abbey holding the lands of Arreton Manor, which in turn owned Staplehurst Grange, many issues beheld the area, and in the 13th Century the Abbott of Quarr complained actively that “certain persons had carried away goods”.  This led to a ditch being built as a defence between the lands of Briddlesford under control of the Abbey and that of Staplehurst. Piracy and theft were common throughout the island and the Abbey did its best to protect its property.   

Then in the 16th century the Grange was purchased by Quarr Abbey as a parcel of the larger Arreton Manor.  The expansion of Quarr by buying up these minor manors was a very important part of the Abbey’s development, and the lands were worked daily by both surfs and monks.

The Ghost Workers of Quarr

The Lavender Farm ghosts are said to originate from this time, and are active at dusk when shadowy features can clearly be seen. Looking at the image below there appears to be one of these shadowy forms, a monk slumped next to the steps.

Today this is the office, but in ancient times it was the grain store and built as one unit. Apparently they used to load sacks of grain from the mill cart using a grain hook suspended from a rope and pulley affair. It is said that one day a monk from the Abbey who was doubting his faith while loading the heavy sacks of grain let the hook slip off a sack under tension, which then swung wildly and killed him instantly.


Look Carefully in the circled area .. what can you see?

Legend has it that sometimes at dusk you can hear the muffled sound of the old monk doubting his spiritual beliefs, and his ghostly form can be seen collapsed next to the step. Or so the story goes.

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Warm up in the tea room

The days are shorter, weather colder, skies often darker.  But then the walks are more refreshing, the air feels cleaner, we get bright, crisp days, and the countryside shows a stark beauty.

Warm Winter Fire
Our warm winter log fire
Once you’ve got the benefit of your winter walk, need a warm bolt-hole or just fancy good food in a calming, rural location, why not drop in and try our winter fare?

Welsh Rabbit - cheese on toast
Welsh rarebit
Based on a farm we keep our food wholesome.  Our Welsh Rarebit has two crusty thick slices of farmhouse loaf, liberally topped with cheddar cheese with a choice of either mustard/ Worcestershire sauce/pepper/paprika as well as a side dish of pickle.  

French Onion Soup
French onion soup

Farmhouse soup of the day, every day we have a wonderful winter warmer, from our range of chunky vegetable, tomato, French onion, all served with a chunky slice  of farmhouse loaf.
In between meals?  Then our gorgeous cream teas and range of cakes from award-winning local bakers, our sponge classics are available at any time.

Jam Sponge Cake
Jam sponge cake

Or maybe it’s liquid refreshment you need?  A warming and relaxing cup of lavender tea could hit the spot, or maybe one of our fruit infusions with a bit of bite to heat you through such as lemon and ginger?

teas at lavender
A large selection of Pukka teas
Just pop in and relax when passing for a soothing cup of tea or maybe something a little more tempting.

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