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.
- Organic Farm Shop
- Farm restaurant & bar
- Cookery School
- Organic Farm School
- Farm tours
- Luxury spa
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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 including Baywell and Adlestrop. There’s a meat counter, fish counter, bakery and organic wine shop with wines and olive oil coming directly from Léoube, their wine estate in Provence.
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 new Old Spot bar where you can tuck in to a pizza baked in the wood-fired oven and enjoy a glass of wine.
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.
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
Daylesford offer 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:
Pear Tree Cottage – a cosy and pretty holiday cottage with two bedrooms in Kingham.
Badger Cottage – a comfortable holiday cottage with two bedrooms and a garden in Kingham.
The Bay Tree Inn – a hotel in the lovely town of Burford. Steeped in history, it won ‘Small Hotel of the Year’ in 2011.
The Lamb Inn in Burford. Winner of Condé Nast Johansens ‘Most Excellent Inn’ Award in2012.
The Swan – a 16th century country pub in Swinbrook with lovely rooms and delicious food.