Northern Tasmania is clearly the region to visit if you’re a fan of lavender products. You’re probably well aware of Bridestowe Lavender, the iconic Tasmanian tourist attraction. We enjoyed a lovely, relaxed lunch in their cafe during a winter reconnaissance mission to the north east. However, until now we weren’t up to speed with its fellow tourism star, Lavender House.
Lavender House of Perfume: Tasmania
photos by Dan Fellow
Dan Fellow put the situation right, by recommending Lavender House to Think Tasmania. He even supplied the photos to support his submission detailing another great place to visit, and we’re more than happy to include Dan’s images here.
Scented toiletries and body care products are made at the Lavender House perfumery at Rowella. About a 40 minute drive north of Launceston, Rowella is a pretty rural district, part of the Tamar Valley region. Growing conditions for lavender must be similar to those for cool-climate wines, as the area is well-known for vineyards.
Lavender House was established in 1991, but owners Louis and Frances Mamo began making fragrant lavender gifts for the Tasmanian tourism market well beforehand. The business started as a hobby, with demand growing from their original market stalls of the late 1980s.
Pure and Essential
Expansion of the business was to result in the first plantings of lavender in 1995 to supply raw materials for their handmade products. A dedicated manufacturing facility was constructed in 1997. Lavender House use an authentic perfumery lavender as the active ad vital ingredient in their natural therapy and well-being products for personal care. They grow a relatively small field of lavender and use the pure essential oil to create the fragrance.
Visitors to the Lavender House perfumery can watch the manufacturing process through the large viewing window. Customers are offered free samples to assist decision-making in the gift shop. Admission to the attraction is free all year round, with appointment bookings only necessary during the months of July and August.
If you time your visit for January, you may see the harvest of the lavender fields. The extremely valuable oil is processed using a custom-designed distillation process at the award-winning Lavender House.
Lavender Tourism on a Winner
It’s great to see the cross-promotion of other tourism ventures by Louis and Frances, and their passion for Tasmania is obviously rewarded. Tour companies regularly visit the property, sharing the delights of lavender with their guests. We’ve enjoyed using the products as guests of Alice’s Cottages and Spa Hideaways in Launceston.
So to Dan Fellow, we say thank you. Again, you’ve been able to shine your photographic expertise on a business in Tasmania for all our readers to appreciate. We’ve been inspired to learn more, and will mark the Lavender House in our list of places to visit sometime in the future. Great work.