Farm Shop

Dayles­ford is a trea­sure trove of or­ganic food, farm flow­ers, stylish home­wares and sea­sonal fes­ti­vals

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The one place in the Cotswolds that re­ally has it all is Dayles­ford. It started its life some 40 years ago as a lowly or­ganic farm and, since then, it has trans­formed it­self into a mini-em­pire with suc­cess­ful live­stock, home­ware ranges, cook­ery cour­ses, floristry, beauty lines and de­signer clothes to sup­ple­ment the core of its busi­ness which re­mains its farm and the or­ganic food it pro­vides. One thing that is for sure is that Dayles­ford has taken its mis­sion to cre­ate a fully sus­tain­able farm ex­tremely se­ri­ously and that it

is no co­in­ci­dence it has won over 100 awards in the re­cent past re­flect­ing that en­deav­our.

Its main shop of­fers a cor­nu­copia of fresh pro­duce, but also has large ar­eas de­voted to the home from ev­ery­thing you need for a coun­try kitchen to en­sur­ing that your home is kit­ted out in nat­u­ral fab­rics. There are also whim­si­cal finds that are re­flec­tive of the hand­i­craft trade that is very much part of the shop’s ethos. You are sure to pick up some­thing that you will trea­sure. Af­ter an in­ten­sive shop, you can put your feet up and have a bite to eat in one of their restau­rants which are neatly cre­ated around a small court­yard.

Go and visit the flower shop where you will be able to see and smell the mix­ture of the wild and the coun­try style cot­tage gar­den. Through­out Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber there are a range of cour­ses de­signed to hone your floristry skills, whether it be in re­la­tion to wreath de­sign or the in­spi­ra­tion of na­ture or your lo­cal wood­land.

Dayles­ford has be­come a bea­con for ar­ti­sanal prod­ucts and cre­atives, and it rel­ishes that rep­u­ta­tion and does its very best to pro­mote it.

This ef­fort comes to a head on 22 Septem­ber when Dayles­ford hosts the Coun­try Bro­cante along­side its own an­nual Har­vest Fes­ti­val. The Coun­try Bro­cante is a busi­ness in­spired by the love of vin­tage and in­te­rior and gar­den de­sign. It holds a num­ber of events through­out the year to cel­e­brate lo­cal ar­ti­sans who gather to­gether to sell their cre­ations – such things as dec­o­ra­tive an­tiques, unique fur­ni­ture pieces, spe­cial­ist tex­tiles and time­worn home­ware. The Coun­try Bro­cante is re­turn­ing to Dayles­ford for the third time. Mar­quees are erected in the grounds, and gal­leries in the gar­dens, and you are en­cour­aged to min­gle with the small busi­ness own­ers and share their pas­sion. There are ex­pected to be around 100 ex­hibitors at the event. There has been a con­certed ef­fort to en­sure that the ‘Coun­try Bro­cante’ style – “the per­fect mix of tra­di­tional English home­ware with in­flu­ences of France” to quote founder Lucy Hay­wood – is clearly on show with in­spi­ra­tional de­lights for your home and gar­den.

Dayles­ford’s own Har­vest Fes­ti­val is a re­flec­tive party to give thanks for the au­tum­nal pro­duce of the year. The farm comes alive, the fire pits come out and bar­be­ques and fresh veg­eta­bles are the or­der of the day with pic­nics scat­tered through the grounds. You can get up close and per­sonal with the an­i­mals and take your turns at some tra­di­tional pastimes and com­pe­ti­tions, like ap­ple­bob­bing, face-paint­ing or jam and chut­ney mak­ing. So be sure to mark 22 Septem­ber in your cal­en­dar, but you are un­likely to be dis­ap­pointed when vis­it­ing at any time of the year.

Heaven scent Home scents and body and bath prod­ucts are or­ganic and made with nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents.

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