Red Hill Lavender Farm and Distillery is a dream come true for Kylie and Brad Crump and their daughters. When they purchased the property in 2007 they saw the potential to create a haven to share with others. Inspired by the beauty of Provence, they hand-planted fields of lavender, a crab apple orchard and olive trees.
With the farmhouse, restaurant, farm gate, and lake, this unique property caters for everyone – whether popping in for a wander, dining at the restaurant, picking up some fresh local produce from the farm gate, spoiling yourself with the range of botanical and culinary hand-made lavender products, celebrating a special occasion or simply taking a relaxing country break.
With gorgeous gardens designed by world-renowned landscape architect Paul Bangay and access to bushland, the farm is a truly beautiful place to escape, explore, unwind and enjoy.
Drawing on backgrounds in clinical research and agriculture, Kylie and Brad have implemented a traditional and natural process of growing, harvesting and distilling the lavender. Their passion for the crop results in exceptional quality plants and oils.
The five-acre lavender crop was sown by hand, is weeded by hand and harvested by hand. No chemicals are used on the plants so the end product is in its purest form.
The lavender oil is created through a steam distillation process, the same used in the lavender farms of Provence. Passing steam through the plant elicits a mixture of water and oil vapors. The vapors are condensed and the oil droplets are easily tapped off. The essential oil can be laboratory-tested using a gas chromatograph analysis to guarantee its quality.
All of our products are handmade in Victoria, Australia and contain 100% pure essential lavender oil. These products are available from the Farm Gate or online only.
In 1802, the first Europeans came ashore at Sorrento. Since then, much of the she-oak forests have been cleared for settlements and agriculture, with some bush and coastal areas protected as national parks.
More recently, the Red Hill Lavender Farm and Distillery has been home to a winery, fly-fishing farm, Greek restaurant and apple orchard. Since 2009, the property has been developed as a commercial lavender farm and distillery, with a lake and farmhouse, and areas of garden and bush.
The original apple orchard may be gone, but the storage shed has been converted into a restaurant and farmgate – run by the incredibly talented team at Johnny Ripe.