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Essential Oil Distilling & Tea

garden visit

Essential Oil Distilling & Tea

Paused until 31 July. To protect the health of our community, Airbnb Experiences in many regions are paused due to COVID-19. Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
2.5 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Food, Drinks, Equipment
Hosted in
English
garden visit

Essential Oil Distilling & Tea

garden visit

Essential Oil Distilling & Tea

Paused until 31 July. To protect the health of our community, Airbnb Experiences in many regions are paused due to COVID-19. Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
2.5 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Food, Drinks, Equipment
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

When you arrive, please join me in the back yard. We'll begin in our Lavender and Rose Potting Shed, where you can relax on an old church pew (it's cushioned), learn about the distilling process, and watch the process happen. We'll move to the picnic table area and you'll create your own body scrub that you'll take with you. We can talk about natural ancient oils and their proven benefit to your skin. Then you'll have a chance to wander the garden, discover our three varieties of lavender, or peruse the scent-rich rose garden. Perhaps you'll enjoy the meandering path through the back wilds of the yard for a quiet meditative stroll, or you can just hang out in the Potting Shed and observe the distillation process. When the bell rings, guests will gather on the front porch for tea-time, featuring Lavender & Rose Concession's Lemonade and old-fashioned lavender shortbread.

Your host

Learn more about Ruth

Ruth

At Akronside, our romantic English-style garden features lavender and roses. These buds and petals produce essential oil in our lovely copper still, which are wonderful in the skin-care and bath products I make using natural ancient compounds scientifically proven to benefit skin. My gardening passion began as a child in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario Canada, digging and weeding beside my father, a Niagara Falls Parks Commission gardener. Traipsing through Europe, I fell in love with roses in Romania, and with the way lavender grows waist-high in Albania (near Greece). I'm honored to offer a few moments of tranquility where you can experience the process of distilling essential oil, and where you can let your world relax as you enjoy the magic of the garden. Due to CoVid 19, unless you are a family of eight, please limit groups to four.

What's included

Food
Tea-time on the front porch will include lavender shortbread, as well as a sampling of locally sourced treats.
Drinks
Lavender water will be available throughout your visit. At tea-time, Lavender and Rose Concession's Lemonade will be…
Equipment
Everything you need to make an essential oil body scrub, prettily packaged to take with you, will be provided.

Where you'll be

The distillation and tea will take place in our two-acre yard. We're situated in Western New York, east of Buffalo and Niagara Falls, around the corner from three popular golf courses. If there's a golfer and a gardener between you, what a perfect arrangement! We are just minutes from beautiful Akron Falls Park, if you'd like a lovely hike afterwards. A great chance to drive through the charming town of Akron, film location of "A Quiet Place 2."

Availability

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 8 and up can attend. Please wear a mask or other PPE, and we will do so as well. Our experience lends itself well to safe social distancing, but at the current time, due to CoVid 19, unless you are a family of 8, please limit to…

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

What to bring

Sunglasses

More tips

Rain won't stop us, our copper distillery is in the Potting Shed - need be we can move inside. Bring sunglasses, and shoes appropriate to the garden for they are likely to get dirty if you wander about. For weekend bookings, please send an email request and I'll try to open up your requested date.

Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

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    Led by locals who love where they’re from and what they do.

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    With intimate group sizes, you’ll never get lost in the crowd.

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Ruth
Essential Oil Distilling & Tea
New experience
From £25/person
New experience
From £25/person