Picking strawberries at Stanhill Farm
England has so many amazing places to visit. And sometimes those amazing places are just round the corner, you don’t have to travel far. Every time I visit something new, I feel so lucky to be able to enjoy it and remind myself of just how many things we take for granted.
Last weekend, despite the rain, my girlfriends and I took off to Kent to pick some last seasonal strawberries (we probably ate more than we picked) at Stanhill Farm.
It was great to be out in the countryside and wander through the bushes off all those tasty red berries.
It made me think how hard a job it would be to pick raspberries and strawberries all day… The field of strawberries was so inviting, but at the same time I felt sorry for those lush red berries that won’t be picked up. I wish I could have picked all of them,I hope they are all gone by now.
We were planning to have a little picnic to reward us after all this hard work, but the rain came down harder so we had our lunch in the car. It was quite cosy. We warmed up and dried out while enjoying black tea with lemon, camembert with crackers and a slightly spicy shallot and pepper chutney that we picked up from the local farm shop. It was delicious.
Stanhill Farm directions
The Farm House, Birchwood Rd, Dartford DA2 7HD, United Kingdom
The Hop Shop and lavender fields at Castle Farm
The rain stopped. Just a few minutes away from the Stanhill Farm, we turned into a steep, narrow and very picturesque road, which took us down the hill to The Hop Shop at Castle Farm. As we were descending, we were greeted by the blue rolling lavender fields. Such a beautiful view.
We then rushed to The Hop Shop to get some of their delicious ice cream and to look around.
To wander around the fields, you need to book a tour, but unfortunately we were too late. Instead, we drove to admire the fields from the other side of the farm. A stroll along the river was relaxing and eye pleasing. We trotted one way towards the Roman Villa and then the other way – towards the lavender fields. Being all Lithuanian and living in London we really miss the space and vast fields.
Later that evening after an eventful day (including ripping my new trousers) we got back home to have some lovely candlelit dinner at my friend’s house where we also enjoyed classic Pimms with our freshly picked strawberries! Nothing more relaxing than a glass of Pimms on a summer’s day.
Directions to the Hop Shop
Redmans Ln, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 7UB, UK
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