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