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Relax in the country, find tranquillity, breathe fresh air, listen to birdsong and be refreshed. Ninety minutes from Melbourne, and just north of Daylesford in central Victoria, Lavandula has space and beautiful vistas. At its heart is the golden stone rustica, a cluster of farm buildings constructed by Italians from southern Switzerland who came to look for gold and stayed to farm. The farmhouse is open for viewing each afternoon and gives an immediate sense of Italian rural life in 1860s Victoria. Twenty years ago Carol White restored the buildings creating a European garden and productive farming lifestyle. Eat al fresco. The licensed café explores European cuisine and, in season, sources food from the garden. La Trattoria's seasonal menu ranges from bread and oil, salads and risotto, to baked meats or veg. With beautifully light, home-made lavender scones children can enjoy a glass of lavender lemonade, while parents can treat themselves to a glass of lavender champagne. Enjoy the space. Lie on a rug by the creek. Children can explore the garden and find farm animals. Play petanque or climb the hill to the olive grove. In the Barn find select home wares and Lavandula's range of products good for body and soul. Lavender is planted as crop art: in winter it's trimmed and sculptural; at Christmas the lavender is in flower and we harvest by hand with sickles through the heat of January. Bunches are hung to dry under every veranda. The products are made by hand in the Still room. The beautiful garden and La Trattoria are available after-hours for small outdoor European-style functions, weddings or birthdays. Lavandula's contemporary accommodation is just nearby at the head of a secret valley. Broad decks, big view, chic three bedrooms, spa tub and shower room, modern kitchen.
- La Primavera Festival Nov 03, 2013 from 10:30 AM to 05:00 PM — Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm,
- Come dance, sing and savour the tastes of all things Swiss Italian. Celebrate our Spring Festival with authentic Italian singing and dancing with Sicilia Bella. Their musical instruments include the Sicilian tambourine, cane flute, mandolin and quartara. Discover the heritage of the original stone farmhouse with stories and slides. Enjoy regional food and wine, play boules or simply lose yourself in the beautiful surrounds of Lavandula. Talk to the makers and experience the wines and olives from Rose Creek Estate, who produce the finest quality Italian-style wines, pickled olives and olive oil. Meet Dan the Bee Man who will be revealing the secrets of the hive by extracting fresh honey. Indulge in classic Italian fare from our cafe, La Trattoria, which will also serve pizza from its wood-fired oven. Travel back in time when you visit the original stone farmhouse, which includes stories and slides from Ticino.
- Lavandula's Lavender Harvest Festival Jan 12, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM — 350 Hepburn-Newstead Road, Shepherds Flat, Victoria (10 minutes north of Daylesford),
- Celebrate the traditional process of harvesting lavender by hand using half-moon sickles; dried beneath the verandah of the 1860s stone farmhouse; winnowed for its fragrant flowers; and distilled to produce lavender water and essential oil. It'll be a day filled with music, demonstrations, activities for the kids, food, ice cream ... and lavender.