Lavandula is the botanical name for the perfumed lavender plant, but it is also the name of a Swiss-Italian farm located in Shepherds Flat near Daylesford in Victoria. Lavandula is approximately ten minutes north of Daylesford. You can find the farm by travelling from Daylesford through Hepburn Springs, or you can follow the signs that indicate the turn-off from the Midland Highway when travelling from Castlemaine to Daylesford.
La Trattoria is Lavandula's licensed cafe, serving light lunches and afternoon teas.
Dine inside or relax outside with freshly baked lavender scones from La Trattoria's ovens, topped with jam and cream. A pot of steaming English Breakfast tea is the perfect accompaniment. Take a look at the 1860s Swiss-Italian farmhouse and think about the farming family that occupied its rooms.
Function facilities are available at Lavandula for weddings, birthdays, and other celebrations. Escape the city, spend the weekend at Lavandula in contemporary farmhouse accommodation, and wake up to scenic views.
There are a couple of pistes to play petanque. Boules lay waiting for you to start a game, or you can bring your own. The traditional way to play the game starts with the players forming a circle and, with both feet on the ground, throwing the metal boules as close to the jack as possible.
Lavandula is one of those places that you will want to visit again and again. Consider visiting for the annual January festival to celebrate the Lavender Harvest, where music will float through the perfumed air. Harvesting of the lavender happens slowly throughout January.
Visit again in May for the Autumn Harvest Festival, which celebrates the harvesting of fruit, vegetables, nuts, grapes, and olives on the farm.
Visit mid to late December to experience the lavender in full flower.