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The Small Guide: Owls Rest Olive and Lavender Farm

The scent of lavender and wood smoke curls through the air. Hidden between rows of olive trees and bushes of herbs, is a small A-frame building, strung with rainbow bunting.

Inside you’ll find Jack and Martha Hattingh. They may be tending their hand-rigged lavender distiller—an ingenious invention that incorporates a copper kettle—or slitting olives (every single olive is done by hand) to be put into brine, or perhaps even mixing up aromatherapy products for the shop.

Organic farming enthusiasts, Owl’s Rest has been planted with rows of lavender and germanium in-between the olive trees, which acts as a natural pest repellent.

The Small Experience

Harvest your own lavender by hand, and then see the steam distilling process, which produces lavender water and essential oil. Follow this with a tasting of olives, olive oil, and other products made from the farm’s produce. Explore the shop selling a variety of organic skin products as well as foodstuffs. You’ll leave smelling like a dream.

Don’t forget… to try some of the other products too, such as the tomatillo relish.