Over 12 years ago I was looking to source high quality, local and gorgeous toiletries for the bedrooms in our new boutique hotel. Staying at a friend’s pub, the Peat Spade Inn, my search was fulfilled. It was here that I first discovered the divine smelling, Long Barn Lavender range.
We Love lavender .. !
I have always loved lavender. In fact my garden at home is filled with as many varieties of the plants as I can source. I find the scent of lavender to be a very soothing and calming fragrance. The diverse shape, size and colours of the plants, be they white, pink, lilac, blue or deepest purple. I never stop being beguiled by it and visiting lavender fields is my idea of heaven!
Having gone on to meet Richard Norris and Jane Marsden, the founders of Long Barn, I knew I had made the right choice of product for the hotel and the right company to form a friendship with.
I admire Richard and Jane’s passion, their tenacity and their ethos. Twelve years on we are happily still using Long Barn in our bedrooms and throughout ‘Spot’. We stock their fantastic products in our gift shop and guests therefore continue to remark on the top quality of the products.
Over the years we have watched with pleasure as Long Barn has grown in popularity and Richard and Jane have seen their plans and dreams come to fruition. Located in Alresford, Long Barn is housed on a site surrounded by lavender fields and is a firm fixture in the bustling market town.
Built on tradition
Long Barn was built upon Richard’s love of lavender. That love remains at the root of what Jane, Richard and their team create. A true love and a passion for being growers and distillers of English lavender, continuing a heritage of farming methods.
The lavender is grown on their Hampshire farm. The fields are farmed without the use of chemicals and the oil is distilled in July and August, most often on the same day as being cut. This is using a centuries old, traditional steam method and that is what makes Long Barn unique.
The commitment to heritage, tradition and to quality… and we are therefore delighted to work with such genuinely lovely people. They share our passion and attention to quality and detail.
Visit ‘Spot’ to enjoy their range products we have to offer and be calmed and soothed by the gorgeous smell of the lavender that permeates throughout, and the Long Barn website is very much worth a visit!
Until next time.