Lavandula Swiss-Italian Farm - A Photo Diary
Ten minutes’ drive north of Daylesford, down a Poplar-lined driveway brushed with autumn gold and through a timber country gate lies a little slice of Europe just waiting to be explored. Beautifully cultivated gardens and groves, colourful landscape, and charming stone cottages sprinkled around rustic cobblestone courtyards – Lavandula Swiss Italian Lavender and Olive Farmis the very picture of Provence.
Built in the traditional style of houses in Ticino, Switzerland in the 1850s by Italian-speaking Swiss migrants, the 5-6 acre property functioned as a dairy farm for over four generations. Over the last 24 years, the buildings have been authentically restored to their former glory by new owner Carol White in a painstaking labour of love.
A new photo-opportunity is found around every corner as you wander thriving lavender fields, olive and chestnut groves, a vineyard, seasonal garden, and La Trattoria, a gorgeously rustic al fresco café serving gourmet fare.
You could easily lose track of a few hours here (we did!) taking in the grounds. Explore the cluster of provincial stone buildings or relax in the gorgeous grapevine and ivy covered dining area with a lavender champagne (delicious) and take in the serenity.
Farm geese playing tag around you, the light scent of Lavender drifting by on the breeze, autumn leaves to run through, and a grassy knoll to sit and enjoy a picnic on - Lavandula is the perfect spot to enjoy a magnificent Mediterranean experience right in the heart of Victoria.