There’s something very Charles Dickens about this place. Perhaps a taste of Bleak House with side order of Nicholas Nickleby.  It’s the beautiful isolation, and the colourful  imaginings of times gone by. Farmworkers buzzing around the outbuildings, serving staff busy with their chores and the family at leisure in the afternoon sun.

Lowna Farm which comprises our cottage, Surprise View, and a second cottage, Field View also includes a much larger rental property known simply as The Farmhouse. It sleeps 8 and would be perfect for a family holiday or friends get together. We’re the only guests at the Farm this week so we have access to the Farmhouse garden – perfect for a spot of late afternoon sunshine and a chilled G&T.

There are pigeons cooing and the low rumble of the farm tractor in the far field. The dappled shade of the garden with a warm breeze is refreshing after a hot sunny day.

It turns out we visited Wolds Way Lavender, near Malton, at the perfect time.  After the long summer of growing and nurturing the 100s of varieties of lavender grown at this family run nursery, September is time for harvesting the flowers and distilling the essential oil.

Most of the lavender is cut by hand, piled into buckets and rolled on wooden crates into the distillery. It’s a very small affair and has that handmade, small batch feeling about it. Their products are packaged beautifully from tiny bottles of essential oil, to a small range of skincare treatments and bath time relaxants.

The whole experience proved very sleep inducing and we headed back through Thornton le Dale and Pickering for a coffee stop at Cedar Barn, an award winning Farmshop and Cafe, apparently frequented by James Martin. It must be their famous Aberdeen Angus!

They scored well on their homemade cakes and what generous portions they serve in this part of Yorkshire. I sampled a rather nice Bakewell Sponge square and Mr Bond enjoyed one of his favourite Yorkshire treats – Cinnamon Walnut Toast with fresh raspberries. Great cappuccino with just the right amount of froth.


Tonight is Date Night so Mr Bond is taking me out to the Royal Oak Pub and Restaurant in Gillamoor. We’ve already checked out the menu and were advised to make reservations even on a week night. So we’ve booked ourselves in and look forward to some local grub and perhaps a glass of vino. Little legs will be coming too, of course, but he’ll be reclining in his car bed while we are feasting inside!

More tomorrow…..




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