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The Hop Shop

Castle Farm Redmans Lane | Castle Farm, Shoreham TN14 7UB, England
+44 1959 523219
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Beautiful place and surroundings, unfortunately we didn’t realise the closing time of 5pm and were... read more

Reviewed today
James B
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Acres of lavender - and a distillery!

The excellent guided tour, conducted by a friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable team member... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Old_Kent_Biker
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Aylesford, United Kingdom
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The Hop Shop is based on a family farm, Castle Farm, near the pretty village of Shoreham in North Kent. The farm's own beef, apples, apple juice, hops, dried flowers, Kentish lavender and honey are all sold through the unique, award-winning farm shop, along with carefully selected gifts, cards, crafts, seasonal decorations, food hampers and local, traceable produce. In June and July the valley is filled with spectacular fields of lavender which we grow and distill for Kentish Lavender Oil.
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Castle Farm Redmans Lane | Castle Farm, Shoreham TN14 7UB, England
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+44 1959 523219
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Reviewed today via mobile

Beautiful place and surroundings, unfortunately we didn’t realise the closing time of 5pm and were still on site at 8pm little did we realise that they had shut to gate to the carpark. Fortunately the owner kindly stayed back until then to let us out....More

Thank James B
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Reviewed yesterday

The excellent guided tour, conducted by a friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable team member (Mary) was the highlight of our visit, plus the opportunity to sample several lavender-related items. (Lavender Ice-cream - who'd have thought?) The fields of Lavender (and Lavendin - go on the tour...More

Thank Old_Kent_Biker
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is very authentic place and not the tourist trap like Mayfield in Surrey. It is located in an authentic countryside. Except of the small stretch you cannot walk around the fields but they are close enough to take a picture. Surrounded by a lovely...More

Thank pekao
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited today (14.07.2018)with my husband. Absolutely gorgeous smell, views and atmosphere. Had a tour, delivered by an amazing lady named Sarah. She was so lovely, extremely knowledgeable and made our visit memorable. We bought some gorgeous items and will definitely revisit.

Thank wendy b
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Have just come back from the Lavender tour. Very interesting and so beautiful! I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone. We have been living in the area (10 mins away by car) for 12 years and only just found out about it! Reasonably priced and...More

1  Thank Russell O
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Beautiful scenery. I went with my husband and 2 year old daughter. There is a fenced off area at the start that you can take pictures in. There is a bench in the middle which there was continuously a queue for. There is a marquee...More

Thank e s
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Castle Farm tour of their lavender fields is truly worth the time and cost of admission A well informed staff member conducted the tour. The fresh produce in the store was good as was the Apple juice bottled on the farm. The fields are...More

1  Thank FionaArakal
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The_Hop_Shop, Public Relations Manager at The Hop Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review and so pleased that you enjoyed the tour! I hope you are a lavender expert now! Thanks again, Lorna

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Even tho the lavender field looked beautiful . As me and my kids felt uncomfortable by the person in charge. Every where we went we felt she criticised us. Don’t do this don’t do that. I thought she might say don’t breath. I don’t recommend...More

2  Thank Adam H
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The_Hop_Shop, Public Relations Manager at The Hop Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Adam, thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are sorry that you did not enjoy your trip to Castle Farm. We do not charge for entry to the farm, and we offer a part of the fields that people can...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The lavender was beautiful, you were able to take photos in an area that been sectioned off for this purpose. The shop was really busy but had lots of interesting merchandise. There was also a coffee cart, made of a horse box, which was really...More

1  Thank trayhay
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The_Hop_Shop, Public Relations Manager at The Hop Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello, thank you so much for your review and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at the farm! Yes, we can get a little busy at the weekends during Lavender season, so thank you for bearing with us, we really appreciate it!...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Hop shop has lovely lavender products and some other excellent crafts and preserves. It has a lovely atmosphere and lots of super gifts. Well worth a visit. For the summer months they have teas, coffees and snacks from a converted horse box. The only...More

Thank BillfromKent
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The_Hop_Shop, Public Relations Manager at The Hop Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your review Bill! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your lavender tour... and I am sure how are now a true lavender expert! Hope you can visit us again soon, Lorna

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headroom1
29 June 2016|
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Response from The_Hop_Shop | Property representative |
Hi Deborah, sorry I did not see this message until now! The Lavender is already colouring up and we are busy harvesting our bright purple variety 'Folgate' for cut bunches. The rest of the Mailette and Lavandin crop are... More
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christine57_12
21 June 2016|
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Response from The_Hop_Shop | Property representative |
Hi Christine, The Farm Shop is open 9am-5pm Monday - Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday. Our Lavender Tour times are listed on our website - so you could take your visitors on a tour with one of our expert Castle Farm... More
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claireharman
18 April 2016|
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Response from The_Hop_Shop | Property representative |
Hello Claire, sorry for the delay on the reply! The lavender is in flower from the end of June through to the end of July - although this is of course weather dependent! A sunnier June will result in earlier flowering... More
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