Last year, a friend of mine posted a picture of herself and her mom in the middle of a lavender field. It was gorgeous, and as soon as I saw that picture I knew I had to visit that place. I had never heard of it before. So I looked it up, only to find out that it was about 45 minutes away from my mom’s place. It is called Maison Lavande. While I was looking at their website, I saw so many incredibly gorgeous photos; and I couldn’t wait to go. But summer weekends being so busy, it’s not easy to find time for a full Saturday for some ‘me’ time.
So it took almost a year, but finally, on Friday, with nothing planned for the Saturday, I called my friend Cath, told her where I wanted to go… and right away she was on-board and coming with me! So we made plans, called Maison Lavande and booked us massages for the next day!
So on Saturday morning, with my big girl camera in my hand, I was ready to take some amazing shots! To say I was ready is an understatement. The beauty of the fields simply took my breath away. It was calm, and pure, and serene, and it kind of smelled like heaven. For a girl who loves lavender and use it almost every day, it was just perfect. I fell in love. Every little detail had been thought of: chairs in the fields, quiet areas, and cute little bistro with awesome food. I could have sat there for the entire day, just doing nothing, just being present while surrounded with purple everything.
We got there early, there were not to many visitors yet and it felt like we had the fields for ourselves. We started to take pictures while enjoying the beautiful scenery. We met a young man, Alec, who right away made us feel welcomed. We had missed the first tour, so he offered to give us a private tour. Well, thanks a lot Alec! He only had been working at Maison Lavande for a month, but he was so great and so helpful, especially when it was time to get some pictures of the both of us! He showed us around, answered all of our questions and gave us tips on lavender. Who knew lavender could be used to repel lice! Thanks for the tip Alec… but hopefully a tip I’ll never have to use in my home! He said the founders and their families were all working there. It was built by family for family. And it’s really the feeling you get when you’re there. You feel like you know them and share their love for the place and for lavender. If you decide to check it out, I suggest you seek out Alec, he’s the best!
So after the tour, we picked up our lunches and headed to the field to eat in some big purple Adirondack chairs. We had ham and brie sandwiches with two salads. We also had drinks included with our massage deal: ‘Moût de pommes pétillant à la Lavande’. Not gonna translate this one, but it was simply to die for. Bubbly, fresh, delicious with a subtle hint of lavender. It was so good that I decided to buy some more to bring back home. I highly recommend you to do the same!
After lunch we headed to the quiet area and waited for our massages. WAIT FOR IT. Our tree house massages! Yep, you’ve read it right… Maison Lavande is now offering massages in a 40 foot high tree house surrounded by lavender fields. How awesome is that!!!
So we got up in the tree house, got ready on the massage table and then the massage therapist opened up the curtains. From my table, all I could see was the lavender fields. It was one of the best massage experience ever. The breeze on my back, the silence except for the sounds of nature, and of course, the smell. I felt relaxed right away. It felt sooo good! All I could think of was like “OMG, this is the most awesome thing I’ve done in a really long time”. And then… SLAP!!! In an instant, weather changed, like drastically! The curtains started to fly and hit me. Huge winds blowing into the tree house, and then the storm… which seemed like the mother of all storms from up there! It was so bad. The therapist was trying so hard to secure the drapes but with all the wind it was impossible. I was lying naked on the table, laughing so hard about all of it… and then the water started to leak from the roof down on my neck! Let’s just say I got up really fast as it was really cold. We both held down the drapes together, clad in my mini-robe, while trying to take a picture of the storm! I just kept on laughing. That poor girl, she felt so bad, but it was clearly not her fault. Let’s just say that mother nature is kicking my butt this year… and this time it was my naked butt while in a 40 foot tree house… yeah, there’s a first for everything!
So once the storm had passed, we placed the table in between the roofs to avoid the cold water from dropping down my back and I tried to relax for the last 15 minutes of my massage. One of the staff was waiting for us in a golf cart to bring us back to the main house. Even with the rain, I can say that this was one of the best experience ever. I will be going back yearly for a tree house massage at Maison Lavande… but next time, I will make sure there’s no storm in the forecast!
After our massages, we weren’t ready to leave yet, so we fed the chickens, walked on a pathway in the forest and then had lavender frozen yogurt. Delish! We stopped in the boutiques to stock up on lavender products: cookies, olive oil, eye lavender pillow, essential oil and a lavender lemonade. This place is just awesome. I will be visiting Maison Lavande again, and you should too. If you want to go this year, I would suggest you hurry, as the beautiful flowers are in bloom up until the beginning of August. Book a tree house massage, try the delicious drinks, bring your own picnic or eat from the bistro, get some of their great products… and of course, take hundreds of beautiful pictures and savour the unique taste of lavender frozen yogurt. It’s so worth it!