Winter Warmer

Even on a crisp January day the sun lends a warm glow to the oast at Foxbury Farm. The rag stone building was constructed around 1850 for hop drying and, unusually, boasts five roundels.

Try Your Luck

A little gift awaits under our tree. Simply click on one of the presents…

Pure Gold

The rich, honeyed hue of this year’s lavandula angustifolia oil. The yield – amounting to several tonnes – is barrelled and ‘aged’ for at least a year before its use in our formulations.

Totally Nuts

Our cobnut harvest is finally coming to an end. The shell is used as a gentle exfoliant in our Kentish Cobnut Scrub and the cold-pressed oil is blended into our best-selling Fine Radiance Face Oil.

Out today – Foxbury Gazette

August’s issue of our newsletter – a summery round-up of estate news – is out today. View the full issue here.

Field Notes

It has been remarkable summer at Foxbury; tractors have shared farm tracks with Rolls-Royces, bloggers have rubbed shoulders with perfume aficionados. August is enchanting here – the lavender is cut, the bees buzz, the cobnut branches groan with ripening crop.

It is thrilling to think that our formulations and fragrances – blended with our oils and essences, honey and nuts – are enjoyed in 3 continents now. Wherever you may be we hope you find something to delight, inspire or surprise you in this issue of the Foxbury Gazette.

Rare Find… The Tea Lady

If you think you know your brews, think again. Henrietta Lovell (known as the Tea Lady) has devoted herself to finding the finest and most rarefied teas worldwide, sourcing direct from farmers and their tea gardens, and offers her discoveries at the Rare Tea Company. Beginning with a handful of devotees, Henrietta now supplies leading hotels and restaurants, including Claridges and The Fat Duck.

Foremost among the company’s teas is this Jasmine Silver Tip from Fuding, Fujian Province, China – a delicate white tea crafted entirely from silver tips. It is not flavoured but meticulously scented over six nights with fresh jasmine flowers, and was once the preserve of only the Chinese Imperial family. www.rareteacompany.com

Sea Views: Art at the Towner

The Towner in Eastbourne, on England’s south-east coast, has been among the most independent-minded regional galleries since its creation almost a century ago. Today’s exhibitions develop this tradition.

David Bomberg (1890-1957) was one of the most unconventional and audacious artist of his generation. The stylistic phases of this career – cubist, futurist, figurative, expressionist – chart a path to The Slade, the Somme, the Middle East and back again.

Elsewhere in the gallery, you can witness whole olive trees, suspended, upended, vibrating at speed, their earth and leaves cascading to the ground – a sight that is both enchanting and unsettling. The piece, titled Intifda (shaking off) by Siobhán Hapaska, is one of several striking pieces in the ‘Some Are Nights Other Stars’ exhibition.

David Bomberg: A Sense of Place’ ends 11th September; Some Are Nights Other Stars ends 25th September 2016. www.townereastbourne.org.uk

Credits: David Bomberg, Valley of La Hermida Picos de Europa, Asturias, Spain, 1935, image courtesy of Museums Sheffield. © The Estate of David Bomberg. Intifada image with the kind permission of Alison Bettles.

When Mitchell and Peach met Rolls-Royce

It was one of the more unusual sights in the estate’s 120-year history – a fleet of Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars passing through the lavender. This short film captures the day and describes the links between our two companies: both started in the same decade, both the best in their fields. Our thanks go to the Rolls-Royce London team at HR Owen, to Matthew Carkeek, the talented film maker, and to Lisa Knapp, the English folk singer whose vocals provide the film’s mesmerising backdrop.

“The Rolls-Royce of fine fragrance and body products.”
Rolls-Royce London

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