Dan brought up the idea of visiting a lavender field sometime early last week and I couldn’t let it go after that. I’ve always wanted to see a lavender field as it’s one of my favorite aromas (not exaggerating…I currently have lavender soap, lavender lotion, lavender oil, and lavender flowers at home) and it reminds me of quintessential France. But I always thought I’d have to travel far, as in Provence, to fulfill my frolicking-through-aromatic-lavender-fields-in-the-bright-morning-sun dream.
But no, thanks to Instagram, (s/o to #moderntechnology), I discovered the lovely Mayfield Lavender, which is less than 15 miles from central London! So Dan and I took advantage of the sunny Sunday and got on the bikes early in the morning and headed south.
Morning at Mayfield Lavender
After a little over an hour (actually I don’t remember, but it was something slow, because I’m well, slow..) we made it there just a few minutes after it opened around 9:00 am.
And it was beautiful.
We strolled the purple rows of perfection, took kinda* cute photos together, got lavender tea and lavender scones from the cafe, and perused the outdoor shop. My only regret was looking all sweaty-mc-nasty after cycling instead of wearing the lovely dress my dream day deserved. Hence why you are seeing no pictures in front of the fields 😉
*Tip: Try to get to Mayfield early in the morning. The parking area looked like it was already full around 11 am.
Oh wells. It was a SPLENDID day to be out cycling so I guess it was worth it. And on that note, Dan was easily convinced to keep on cycling to a place that has become quite special to me over the past few months, the Surrey Hills. (Which I also wrote about here).
Afternoon at Denbies Vineyard
We made our way through beautiful neighborhoods, saw great city views, had a brief, yet long-lasting encounter with Stinging Nettle, (which if you have experienced it before, you know what I mean), went up and down some hills, (I still feel guilty saying this but Dan did this all on a single speed bike.. eeeep) and finally made it to the Surrey Hills.
Once we were in the area I remembered last time I
got lost went on a walk in the Surrey Hills I saw a sign for the Denbies Vineyard but I thought it was private property so I never thought a whole wine world of its own existed on the premises.
But to our delight, we discovered the Denbies Vineyard is very much so open to the public and has tours, tastings, events, shopping, food, and duhh, apple juice. Just making sure you are paying attention.. of course, we treated ourselves to a white wine each. I mean, wine not? (Bah- duh – duh – tshh) (Onomatopoeia = punch line drum sound if you were wondering).
After Denbies, we zig-zagged our way to the market town of Dorking for a Linner.
Dan let me choose the restaurant so I went for what looked like a Panera. I was in the mood for some casual, fresh, french food with lots of bread.
But I was quite mistaken and it was only after I saw a waiter bring a fancy wine bottle on a tray to a couple nearby, and perform the “would you like to pretend like you know wine and impress your lady here by swishing this in your mouth for a bit and then giving me the go ahead mumble and nod” ritual, that I realized all the staff were either wearing ties or dresses with heels. And we…were wearing sweaty cycling clothes, helmet hair, and trainers.
Needless to say, we did not eat our french food in the true, sloww french style and soon made it back to the Dorking station to take the train back home.
Our sunny Sunday was definitely one to remember and we would highly recommend checking out both Mayfield and Denbies, and just maybe go for the Pizza Express or something if you go to Dorking.
“The secret of being happy is accepting where you are in life and making the most out of every day.” – Author Unkown