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  • Summerdown wins farm diversification award

      We’re delighted to have won the Basingstoke Agricultural Societies award for the Farm Diversification category. The judges’ reasons for awarding this honour to Summerdown included; growing such a rare crop on the farm; the invention of the distilling process, using standard farm equipment, the forage harvester and farm labour; selling both the raw peppermint …

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  • Autumn days on the farm

      Harvest 2019 may be over and the peppermint oil distilled and barrel-aging as we write, but work never stops on the farm, with Ian and the farm team as busy as ever. Current jobs include planting 20,000 plugs of lavender, putting in cover crop for wildlife, which also helps keeps our soil as nutrient rich …

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  • Autumn skin essential

      The season change can wreak havoc on our skin so our mint & lemongrass body lotion is here to help. Made from nourishing oils of macademia, jojoba and sweet almond, and blended with shea butter, it not only softens and moisturises but the peppermint oil picks you up after a long day.

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  • National Baking week – recipe inspiration

      In honour of National Baking week, here is a link to all our recipes using Summerdown – for a little inspiration.

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  • Paul Hollywood’s Chocolate & mint roulade

    Ingredients 125g/4½oz dark chocolate 4 free-range eggs, separated 125g/4½oz caster sugar, plus extra for dusting 2 tbsp cocoa powder, sifted For the filling 325g/11½oz icing sugar, sifted 100g/3½oz butter, softened 2 tbsp milk 3-4 drops peppermint flavour oil (Paul used Summerdown Mint’s pure peppermint oil) 2 tbsp dark chooclate chips   Method Line a 24x35cm/9½x14in Swiss roll …

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  • New diffuser refill subscription

      After the success of our tea subscription, we’re delighted to launch a new subscription for our best-selling reed diffuser. Save 15% when you sign up to our diffuser refill subscription, which costs from £12.25 per month for one diffuser. Shop now

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  • Tis the season…. of relaxing long soaks

              Autumn hails the unofficial start of the bath season so here are Summerdown’s six steps to the perfect bath time experience.   Prioritise self-care. Find 30 minutes to yourself – you can’t rush a bath. Either at the end of the day before your evening starts, or just before bed. If …

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  • Mint on the move at Christmas fairs

      It’s that time of year again when the super-organised amongst us are starting to think of Christmas shopping. We’re going to be dashing around the South East again popping up at the finest Christmas fairs. Please do come and say hi to Catherine, try a sample of our chocolates and experience Summerdown first hand. …

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  • Win Afternoon tea for two

    We’re raising a cup of tea to the end of our mint harvest with this amazing giveaway!     Prize draw now closed.  Did you know that not all of our peppermint gets distilled into pure peppermint oil? We retain some of the leaves for drying and then, using our own secret method, we reintroduce …

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  • Mint thins win Great Taste award

    Our rich and velvety chocolate peppermint thins have just been awarded a 2019 Great Taste gold star award. They’re made with the finest 55% cocoa dark chocolate and infused with the single-estate Black Mitcham peppermint oil, grown and distilled on our Hampshire farm. With 20 luxurious discs in every box, they’re the perfect after-dinner treat …

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  • The natural cooling powers of peppermint

        When we think of peppermint, we often think of its cooling and refreshing properties. But why is this? Is it just marketing hype or is is there some science behind it? With summer heatwaves and some of us jetting off to warmer climates, we caught up with Shelley Baker, Clinical Aromatherapy Consultant to Summerdown …

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  • Summerdown – the farm at its very best

      A walk around the farm – now in full bloom British summertime – there’s nothing like it, and right now, just before harvest, our farm in the foothills of the Hampshire downs is looking at its very best. Sadly we don’t yet have farmcam (but watch this space!) so instead,  we went for a …

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