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“Bridestowe Lavender tasmania”

Bridestowe Lavender Estate
Ranked #19 of 192 Shopping in Tasmania
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Bridestowe Lavender Estate is one of the world's largest fine lavender farms. It grows, harvests and distills over 120 acres of the world's most desirable lavender in picturesque rows, all open to the public. There is an onsite cafe, retail and vistor facilities with ample parking and easy access. The shop and cafe feature a range of unique, lavender focused products, gifts and food available for purchase All parts of the farm are open for visitors to explore. The farm is open for visitors year round (however please check our website for opening hours) Flowering is typically in the months of December and January (please note: during the flowering period a A$10 entry fee per person may be applied) and harvesting and distillation also takes place during that period. Guided farm tours are provided during the peak season, although tours can be arranged by prior arrangement with the farm. Free entry year-round (and 10% off online orders) can be obtained by joining our "Friends of Bridestowe" program and bringing the confirmation email to our gate at time of entry. Bridestowe has more recently become famous as the home of "Bobbie the Bear" who is soon to star in his own children's TV series and is proud to be the face of the current Tasmanian Safe Driving campaign
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 20 July 2012

Whilst travelling around the fantastic state of tasmania in Australia we travelled west of launceston and went to the Bridestowe Lavender estate. We were longer travelling then we anticipated, due to stopping so many times to take in all the wonderful countryside and cafes etc for short breaks and unfortunately we arrived well past their closing time.
Well that made no difference to the owner Mr Robert Ravens who just happenned to be at the estate and was in the process of closing up when we arrived.
This gentleman has customer service attitude plus ++++. He welcomed us to his estate and proceeded to answer all our questions and engaged us in conversation for some time including a brief history of his pathway to purchase this wonderful estate 5 years ago . Then he had no issues in reopening up the shop and spent over half an hour with us despite his needing to travel into launceston to attend a pre arranged dinner which he was now risking being late for. Hats off to you Mr Ravens, i have experienced customer service from the extreme lows to the extreme highs and you have just set the bar for extreme high to a level that would be hard to beat.
Congratulations on you having restored this magnificent farm back to and exceeding its best heritage and we wish you all the best for the future. We will have NO hesitation whatsoever in reccommending this attraction to whomever we meet in our own travels and will definately return to see the estate at its best in Dec/ Jan when the lavender is at is very best just before harvest.
Mike & Linda

15  Thank Mike S
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Reviewed 13 July 2012

Bridestowe is a gorgeous place to visit from mid December through to mid January. The treats available in the cafe are absolutely delicious and I love that they have recipe cards for everything on the menu so you can recreate them at home.

I agree that the entry fee is a little steep however I believe value could be added by having scheduled tours throughout the day. They don't have to be long, just 20 mins or so to give some info about the farm and the processes used.

Overall Bridestowe is a fantastic spot to visit in the summer.

9  Thank Emma M
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Reviewed 1 June 2012

Even if you are unable to visit the Bridestowe Lavender Estate in mid summer to see the huge expanses of lavender in flower, any other time of year is still a real treat to gain an appreciation of what can be achieved by building a top tourism experience around an agricultural production site. Apart from the interpretation facilities, a comprehensive shopping experience can be enjoyed, and the cafe offers great coffee and delicious home-cooked slices.

A real must-see experience for the discerning traveller!

10  Thank AngusMRobinson
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Reviewed 14 April 2012

We know very well that we should go in summer and learn from friends that even they go in December, the flowers are not in full bloom. We went on 27th January but were too late fo find that only two rows of lavender had not been harvested and were already wilting. The landscape was nice but it was nothing special in Tasmania. Also, the lavender products in the shop are expensive.

To me, the most impressive thing is the purple tone in the whole region. Besides the shop and the cafe, even the benches outside and the machinery are painted in light purple!

Another commendable point is we got free admission. Their website says that there is a seasonal entry fee of AUD7 in December and January. But maybe due to the fact that the flowers had been harvested, we were admitted free. Since the actual blooming and harvest dates vary each year, depending on the weather conditions, I think it is beneficial to tourists if the farm can announce details in their website. I don't think it will deter tourists on knowing the truth, but rather it leaves good impression and will help business in return.

3  Thank SKLam
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Reviewed 7 March 2012

Went with the family for sister's graduation. As mentioned by one of the reviewers there was a fee. It was AUD7 if not mistaken but for some reason they said we didn't need to pay. I think were were an hour before closing (so that may be a tip if you need to save money?). The shop was great. Really all things LAVENDER and the smell was very very strong. The restaurant/cafe was good. had the ice cream which tasted lavender and was purple in colour too! If I recall, dad had the tea and it was ok.

The view was amazing on the farm bit. Purple as far as the eye can see! For the photographer amongst you this is worth a visit. It was just amazing. (will try to post some)

I was informed that even in winter the view was great. The lavender becomes a silverish colour which is also very nice according to some people. I however would recommend going in summer when it was full bloom.

Worth a shot and near to Launceston and about 4 hours from Hobart

9  Thank ViciousTravelling
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