Transport Yourself To The Countryside With Lisa Knapp’s New Album

Mitchell and Peach’s favoured folk artist Lisa Knapp first conceived her Til April is Dead – A Garland Of May album to mark a time of year that has long been celebrated in the folklore calendar.

Many children growing up in the UK have experienced dancing around a Maypole. The Victorian version, complete with pretty ribbons, was a modern vestige of a much older practice dating back to at least 1400, probably earlier.

Lisa populates her latest recordings with the sounds of insects and birds, making the connection with landscape and nature emerging, teetering on the edge of eruption.

Click here to listen to Till April is Dead which will instantly transport you to the countryside, no matter where you may be listening.

Last Chance To Join Jod Mitchell at Coworth Park, 5th July

Join Jod Mitchell, founder of Mitchell and Peach, as he takes guests through the creation of ‘English Leaf’, a natural, green floral cologne created with ingredients from the Mitchell estate. The event includes a tour of Coworth Park’s gardens (where you will find many of the plants used in the fragrance), followed by a guided scent ‘tasting’. To finish, enjoy a specially created ‘English Leaf’ inspired afternoon tea, created by head pastry chef Lucy Jones.

To book your ticket click here.

Come Fly With Me

Our must-have product for this summer is the Luxe Travel  Set complete with a stylish case created by Molly  Mahon.  The case’s fabric, uniquely adapted for Mitchell and Peach, features a ‘tree within a leaf’ motif originating from hand-carved blocks.

The design is typical of Molly’s work, which imaginatively fuses botanical 20th-century English prints with ethnic styles.  Molly carves her own designs in lino in her workshop in Sussex and works with highly skilled artisans and  block printing artists.

The set contains  everything you will need for your holiday:  Shampoo, Conditioner, Shower Wash, Body Cream  and our best-selling Fine Radiance Face Oil – each product imbued with a summer fragrance of rose,  ylang -ylang,  palmarosa  and lavender from the family estate.

Curating The Countryside

It is not always necessary to head to the city to find the most exciting cultural experiences. The idyllic countryside can offer rich opportunities for inspiring visual art.

For the third consecutive year White Cube will present White Cube at Glyndebourne a partnership with the world-renowned festival where artworks by a White Cube artist are exhibited at Glyndebourne during the summer opera season. To display the exhibitions each year, a state-of-the-art temporary gallery is built to exhibit the artists’ work, open to all Festival-goers during the season and designed by London-based architects Carmody Groarke. New work by the English artist Rachel Kneebone will be exhibited this summer. The London-based artist has created three new sculptures inspired by two of the operas being staged during the season – Cavalli’s  Hipermestra and a new opera based on  Hamlet, by the Australian composer Brett Dean. The  White Cube at Glyndebourne exhibition is open until 27 August 2017. For further information click here.

The Radić Pavilion was installed at Hauser & Wirth Somerset in March 2015, at the end of Oudolf Field. Designed by Chilean architect Smiljan Radić, this unique structure was first unveiled as the Serpentine Gallery 2014 Pavilion. The pavilion sits naturally within the landscape at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, creating a dialogue between the gallery complex and pavilion, and their relationship with the garden. Visitors to the arts centre have the opportunity to walk around, inside and underneath the pavilion. Since its launch, the Radić Pavilion has played host to a number of special events including a talk by Smiljan Radić. For further information click here

Radić Pavilion, designed by Smiljan Radić, 2014
Oudolf Field, Hauser & Wirth Somerset
Courtesy Hauser & Wirth
Photo: Heather Edward

A Creative Review – Books To Inspire This Summer

Two books which celebrate the beauty of the British Isles and lives lived away from the city are the Mitchell and Peach recommended reads this summer. 

These Islands, from the creators of Cereal Magazine, takes its reader on a photographic journey across the landscape that forms the British Isles, through powerful imagery, prose and poetry.

Explore  the peaks of Snowdonia, the rural idylls of the Lake District, and the windswept paths of the Wild Atlantic Way; walk the historic streets of London; trace the elegant curves of Bath, and climb the gothic spires of Edinburgh; cross to the Isle of Skye in the north, and sail to the Isles of Scilly in the south. To order your copy click here.

The countryside has always held appeal for those trapped in the city. Combining a more relaxed lifestyle, budding entrepreneurship and social media, a new generation of young creatives is redefining ‘country living’. Creative Living Country celebrates this new breed of artists and creatives who have found a way to make their homes, work and lifestyle a seamless whole away from the city lights. From the East Anglian fens to the Cornish coast, from the hills of the Lake District to the moors of Scotland, the unique landscapes that make up the British experience take on new meaning in the hands of these creative pioneers and provide inspiration for us all. To order your copy click here.

Your Chance To Win

Coworth Park Speaker Event – 5th July 2017 A Scent Of Place: A Sensory Exploration Of An English Fine Fragrance

Tickets are now available online for this exclusive event that will see Mitchell and Peach founder Jod Mitchell lead guests through the creation of the Mitchell and Peach ‘English Leaf’ fragrance. A tour of Coworth Park’s garden, a scent ‘tasting’ and a specially created tea inspired by ‘English Leaf’ will follow. To book your tickets click here and for a chance to win a luxurious treatment for you and a friend at the award-winning Spa at Coworth Park head over to Instagram @mitchellandpeach

Summer Skin

The indulgent Flora No.1 Kentish Cobnut Scrub leaves the skin softened, cleansed, invigorated and ready for summer. Lavender oil acts to prevent blemishes. To nourish the skin and keep it supple, oils of coconut, sweet almond and palmarosa are added, while ylang-ylang balances sebums and stimulates new cell growth. Ground shell from the Mitchells’ cobnut `plats’ gently exfoliates and sugar which is crammed with glycolic acid moisturises the skin and protects it from toxins. Finally, honey from the estate leaves the surface firm and plumped.

Exquisitely scented with the original Flora No.1 natural fragrance, featuring oils of rose, ylang-ylang, violet and lavender from the Mitchell estate.

Spring Arrives At Foxbury Farm

Spring is a wonderful time on Foxbury Farm. It is a season of renewal and reawakening. Flowers blossom, the skylarks return to nest in the fields and the bees arrive in the wild meadows. It is also a reminder of the cyclical nature of time and how many farming traditions remain unchanged when know-how and expertise are handed down from one generation to the next.  Innovation is always embraced. Chamomile is just one example of the many horticultural trials on the estate, ensuring the finest ingredients are produced for the Mitchell and Peach collections.

Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion

This week is your last chance to visit the  Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion exhibition at Two Temple Place, which examines why radical artists and writers were drawn to Sussex in the first half of the 20th century. The magnificent neo-Gothic mansion is host to work by Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell and the watercolourist Edward Burra.

Kent and Sussex’s rich cultural heritage continues to inspire and invigorate as art galleries breathe new life into its villages and towns. Margate’s Turner Contemporary, the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings and the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill are just a few examples of some of the world-class galleries to be found within 50 miles of Foxbury Farm.

For more information click here

Busy Bees

April is a busy time for the bees on the Mitchell and Peach estate. The colony grows and the worker bees leave the hive to forage for the queen.

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