Isle of Wight Lavender

Isle of Wight Lavender: Address, Phone Number, Isle of Wight Lavender Reviews: 2.5/5

Isle of Wight Lavender
2.5
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Iow Lavender is now closed and Lavender is no longer grown and processed here. We are currently awaiting for Trip Advisor to permanently close this site. Rebranding is currently underway and new businesses are opening at this location. Staplehurst Grange will be launching a new trip advisor site shortly that will more accurately reflect what is on offer at this former attraction.
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Tigger1987
Oxford, UK177 contributions
Wasted our time
Sep 2018 • Friends
Thought this would be a great experience having visited Snowshill Lavendar Farm on the mainland, but as others have said, disappointing experience.

This is classed as a great free attraction for the IOW. Perhaps the literature I was reading was out of date. The Lavender Farm website is purely a landing page with no information so took it that it was perhaps just under maintenance.

The road sign was a bit confusing at the junction as it pointed to a dirt track so we overshot it. Eventually got back to it and started heading down the track. Part way down we had to turn on the sat nav to check where we were. At the end we pulled into the car park but then realised that because it was quiet and we had a member of the party who couldn't walk far, we could perhaps risk dropping off in the disabled area right outside the buildings.

We headed up the hill a few metres and were greeted by what felt like a courtyard at a closed 1800's museum. There was an antiques shop or something open. I couldn't say what as we drove straight back out of the place. A great shame as I'm sure it would have been lovely if it was open. Wasn't until we were on our way to another attraction we found a Facebook page that said they were closed for renovation. Would have been useful to have had a sign by the road or something easily accessible on a website so that we didn't waste time, petrol, and our suspension going down there.
Written September 30, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kalpana V
11 contributions
It was closed and looks run down..
Aug 2018
Was very disappointed as the last time we went it was lively with an informed tour of Lavendar extraction process and lavender maintenance. This time round it was like a dead end only thing missing was tumble weed.
Written September 28, 2018
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David G
Bicester, UK41 contributions
Not there that I could tell.
Sep 2018 • Family
Very long bumby dirt road that leads to a very small antique shop. And that is All. What a waste of a trip and it is really hard to keep a baby asleep on a track that bad. Could do with a sign saying closed if it is.
Don't bother.
Written September 18, 2018
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123linny
Portsmouth, UK289 contributions
Out of season
Sep 2018 • Couples
Not good out of season as the cafe is closed for refurbishment. The small shop is open selling lavender products and also small antiques. But on a plus we saw red squirrels
Written September 16, 2018
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Hollis116
Daniel Island, SC87 contributions
Ugh
Sep 2018
Take your roadside signs down?! What are you doing? We drove around for 45 minutes trying to figure out what was going on! And then when we asked they were like "oh yes, that's closed now. Now we sell roses".
Written September 14, 2018
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Patricia B
Oxford, UK18 contributions
Where is the lavender?
Sep 2018 • Couples
Just an antiques shop and cafe. No fields of lavender. Needs to be renamed . Or perhaps it has, only one sign to IOW Lavender.
Written September 12, 2018
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Steve B
10 contributions
Closed
Sep 2018 • Couples
We spent 30 minutes trying to find this business. The sat nav directed us down a shingle road and we found a garden curiosity business and the Hungry Bear cafe. No lavender farm although this is still signposted on the main road. Hugely disappointed.
Written September 11, 2018
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nikij2104
Cowes, UK4 contributions
Disappointing
Aug 2018 • Couples
We saw the sign for the Hungry Bear as we were hungry for some lunch, drove all the way down the long bumpy track feeling excited as it sounded really good. The buildings are very pretty and the location is lovely, but we left as they don't take card payments and we didn't have any cash on us!
Written September 1, 2018
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Lisa S
Newbridge, UK13 contributions
Not worth the journey
Aug 2018 • Family
Whilst traveling back from the Garlic Farm we saw the signs for IOW Lavender so thought we’d take a look. After following the signs and turning off the main road we thought we’d taken a wrong turn but at the end of the dirt track there it was. A very sorry sight. No fields of lavender as shown in the advertisements in the booklets, no shop brimming with lavender products, just a tatty old shed with a few plants, sprigs of dried lavender and a few items so old they no longer smelt of lavender.
Avoid the place
Written August 15, 2018
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lauren a
Newport, UK3 contributions
Cafe was awful, antique shop mostly tat, very little lavender!
Jun 2018 • Family
The title of my review says it all really. Visited here with my family and all had high hopes. Firstly we were surprised to see very little lavender being sold, and the few bushes that were up for sale looked almost dead! The antique shop was also a disappointment. There were a few nice items but it seemed more like a charity shop in all honesty, a lot of random clutter and no real antiques. And then there was the hungry bear cafe... my mum had been told great things about it so we thought we’d give it a go. We went on a Tuesday around lunchtime for a cake, but to our dismay the range was extremely limited. I don’t really see how they can describe themselves as a cafe when the only cakes available were some fruit and plain scones, cheese scones that weren’t covered so who knows how many flies may have landed on them especially as it was such a hot day, and a Victoria sponge. There were no prices for any of the cakes or drinks, and the hot drink choice was also rubbish, didn’t seem to have anything other than standard tea or coffee. We checked through the menu when we eventually found one - for some reason all the menus are pilled on top of another right by the till, which is stupid when people would prefer to sit and read through, rather than feel pressured having to decide at the till and potentially hold up the queue. Made us feel rather uncomfortable as the 5 of us had to huddle around to have a look at one while the woman at the till watched us. In the end 3 of us opted for a fruit scone with butter and cup of tea, I bought a slice of cake for my daughter, and the 5th person in our group only had a coffee as she isn’t keen on scones, and as I said there wasn’t any other options! The quality of the food was absolutely awful. We’ve been unfortunate before with horrid cakes, but with the exception of mouldy scones we once had in Cornwall, these were without a doubt the worst. They were extremely dry and claggy, outside was burnt and more like a rock cake in texture, and quite frankly inedible. Each mouthful felt like a battle just to swallow the damn thing! All 3 of us left ours, as there’s not enough butter in the world to make it better. Sadly my daughter didn’t have any better luck, as the middle of the Victoria sandwich was very clearly raw - I didn’t notice when I bought it as I couldn’t see the inside, but seeing a slice on her plate it was obvious to all of us at the table, it was very wet and uncooked throughout. Perhaps the hot food is nicer there, but as a cafe it was extremely disappointing and we certainly won’t be returning. Also the hygiene was a concern for me, the bearded man who went to and from the kitchen handling food was not wearing a net, and from what we could see into the kitchen it looked very messy and cluttered. The lavender farm used to be a nice little attraction on the island, now it’s just an embarrassment.
Written July 18, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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