Daylesford Organic Farm and Cookery School, Kingham, Gloucestershire
Loved by celebrities such as Kate Moss and Elizabeth Hurley, Daylesford Organic Farm is where to do ‘Chic Country Foodie’. It’s utterly stylish and offers a smorgasbord for foodies to enjoy. Perfect your cooking skills at the Cookery School, buy organic produce in the Farm Shop or take the kids on the farm tour.
Daylesford Organic Farm in the Cotswold village of Kingham has much to offer foodies visiting the area
With the feel of a luxury hotel, farm buildings of honeyed Cotswold stone and pretty courtyards, Daylesford Organic Farm in the Cotswold village of Kingham, is the place to wear your Hunter wellies with pride.
Enjoy a delicious lunch in the farm restaurant or at The Old Spot bar with a glass of rosé from Daylesford’s own wine estate in Provence.
There’s a luxury spa and a superb Cookery School too – why not buy a course as a lovely gift? Altogether, très chic.
Visit Daylesford Organic Farm
With over 2,000 acres of beautiful Cotswolds countryside, Daylesford is the vision of Lord and Lady Bamford who have been farming organically here for over 30 years. They’ve won many awards for delicious food, sustainable practices, and a popular farmshop café, spa and cookery school.
Shop For Daylesford Organic Cheese
The farm shop is a vision of perfection, straight from the pages of a glossy magazine. In the temperature-controlled cheese room, admire Daylesford’s own award-winning organic cheeses. They produce traditional hard cheeses – Cheddar, single and double Gloucester and two soft cheeses Baywell and Adlestrop. There’s a meat counter, fish counter, bakery and organic wine shop with wines and olive oil coming directly from Léoube, the Bamford’s wine estate in Provence.
Daylesford Organic Cheddar Cheese
Cheese Room at Daylesford Organic Farm in Kingham
Join The Ladies Who Lunch
Have lunch in the light and airy restaurant where dishes include seasonal salads with quiche, venison from the Wootton Estate, scrambled eggs and smoked salmon, and organic wines and beers. Daylesford is probably the only farm restaurant where, for an extra charge, you can add boosters like bee pollen and goji berries.
Hang Out at The Old Spot Bar
If you’re after a more chilled out vibe, hang out at the Old Spot bar where you can tuck in to a pizza baked in the wood-fired oven and enjoy a glass of wine.
Seasonal produce in the Daylesford Farm Shop
Shop for flowers and luxury gifts
Go Luxury Shopping
There are some seriously lovely things to buy in the Cookshop: linens, enamel kitchenware, beautiful wooden chopping boards, and in the Home and Garden Shop: plants, handcrafted trowels, scented candles, vases and pretty coloured wine glasses.
Perfect Your Cookery Skills
The Cookery School at Daylesford has a varied programme of half, full day or evening courses. Learn nose-to-tail butchery, artisan bread-making, wild food and foraging, knife skills or how to prepare a delicious afternoon tea. All courses use organic produce from the farm so it’s not entirely surprisingly that the school won ‘Sustainable Cookery School of the Year’ in 2014.
Daylesford Organic Cookery School offers a wide course programme
Daylesford has its own Farm School
Go To Organic Farm School
If you’re a budding Tom or Barbara in search of ‘The Good Life’, Daylesford Farm School is an ideal place to start. It teaches a range of hands-on specialist courses. Learn how to get started in bee-keeping or hen-keeping or how to press apple juice and make your own cider.
Do The Farm Walk
Pick up a map in the shop and do a self-guided walk around the farm. The best time is from April to late September when all of the animals are grazing outside.
Take a Tractor-Trailer Ride
Daylesford run three farm tours a year where you can ride on a tractor-trailer with the farmer. You’ll see animals including Aberdeen Angus, South Devon and Gloucester cattle; Ryeland, Kerry Hill, Lleyn and Cotswold sheep; Daylesford Blue Legbar hens, (geese & turkeys at Christmas), and over one hundred varieties of English fruit, vegetables and salad.
- Keep an eye out for special events such as the Daylesford Summer Fair in May and ‘Seasonal dinners at the Chef’s Table’ where meals are prepared in front of you at The Cookery School
- For relaxation and pampering, book a treatment at the Bamford Haybarn, a luxury wellness retreat
- Londoners can enjoy a taste of Daylesford at Selfridges Food Hall or at their Notting Hill and Pimlico shops and cafés
- Looking for a gift? Check out our guide to the Best Gifts For Cheese Lovers
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Where to Stay in Kingham
Daylesford Organic Farm offers chic farm cottages on site along with The Wild Rabbit, Lady’s Bamford gourmet pub with luxury rooms in Kingham. Other accommodation options nearby include these holiday cottages in Kingham:
Pear Tree Cottage – a cosy and pretty holiday cottage with two bedrooms
Badger Cottage – a comfortable holiday cottage with two bedrooms and a garden
Ready to start planning a weekend break in the Cotswolds? Check out these recommendations for the Best Places to Stay in The Cotswolds.
Small to medium well-behaved dogs like me are welcome in Daylesford’s own holiday cottages at a £20 charge per stay. I get a warm comfortable bed and they even provide Daylesford dog shampoo so you can give me a bath if I get muddy.
How To Find Daylesford Organic Farm
Daylesford Farmshop & Café, Daylesford near Kingham, Gloucestershire GL56 0YG
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Sally is the founder and editor of The Foodie Travel Guide. She travels around the UK and beyond in search of the best foodie days out, tasting experiences and delicious places to stay. She loves a glass of English sparkling wine, afternoon tea with friends and escaping London for gastronomic adventures.