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11 days in Taiwan: Day 3 in Lavender Cottage

lavender cottage entrance taiwan

After a bumpy 2 hours drive from Sun Moon Lake, we finally got to the elusive Lavender Cottage (薰衣草森林). Along the way, we spotted signs tied onto lamp posts and trees to encourage drivers to press on; it was that deep inside the mountains.

The farm is like a secret garden dreamt up by two ladies to share their love for lavenders. And the end result is nothing short of magical.

entrance of lavender cottage

Now, if you are expecting Provence-like lavender fields, you will be sorely disappointed but Lavender Cottage makes up for it in little thoughtful ways.

They have a cleansing ritual near the entrance…

cleansing ritual at lavender cottage xinshe

Which sprays an incredible dose of lavender-scented water. Gimmicky, yes, but fun to try.

Lots of sights to catch…

There are many huggable teddy bears around which are too photogenic not to feature in your touristy shots.

bear at lavender cottage

From time to time, the farm will host some exhibitions that tie in with the atmosphere. We were in time to view one featuring the works of Marie Laurencin.

exhbition at lavender cottage (1)

They also had showrooms like these which were crazily adorable but impractical…

exhbition-at-lavender-cottage-(3)

The toilets looked like they were right out from a modern castle.

toilet-in-lavender-cottage

And flowers that hung down from tree branches which were kind of morbid but attractive.

flowers at lavender cottage (1)

flowers lavender cottage

Here is the lavender, finally.

lavender fields at lavender cottage

It really is just a garden of lavenders.

But it was good enough, before I see the ones in Provence.

And they also made sure that wherever you walked had that extra magical touch.

pathway at lavender cottage

Obviously, they had a restaurant too.

Which was housed in beautiful tea house-like pavilion.

restaurant at lavender cottage

They served western-styled dishes and fruit teas. Eating here will set you back by about NT400-500 per person.

You could opt for an alfresco dining experience which features low tables and no shoes.

alfresco area in lavender cottage xinshe

So I wasn’t too amazed by the food but the fries that came with the main course were tantalizing enough to make me get a separate serving at their takeout counter.

fries-lavender-cottage01

I favour ketchup, but I’ll admit that the honey mustard was good too. And I swear the fries never seemed to deplete! I took the longest time to finish this cup.

Get some souvenirs here too.

Most of their stuff were pricey but they did have some fragrance pouches that went for NT100-ish which made for good gifts. There were shower products and essential oils…you know, that sort of princessy stuff.

souvenirs for sale (2)

souvenirs for sale (1)

You could get some beautiful illustrated postcards to send to family and friends by dropping off at these adorable mailboxes.

The one on the far left is to the future you if you are into this kind of stuff.

mailboxes

We covered the place in about 2 hours at a leisurely pace. While it was a tad commercialised and gimmicky, Lavender Cottage does its best to preserve the tranquility and laidback atmosphere. Worth a visit if you are in the area. If you are only keen on their products, they have stores in other places such as Jiufen and Hsinchu.

It was nearly 6:00 PM when we left the farm. By then, we had already been out for nearly 9 hours with 4 hours on the road and we were beat. If we had been up to it, Carton King would have made for a good midway stop since it was on the way from the farm to Taichung but obviously, nah.

Be prepared to set aside a full day for Xinshe if you are planning to head to the area!

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Read the full trip online:

Day 1 in Taipei
Day 2 in Cingjing
Day 3 in Sun Moon Lake
Day 3 in Lavender Cottage
Day 3’s Fengjia food guide
Getting to 921 Earthquake Museum on day 4
Day 5 in Park Lane by CMP
 Day 6 from Taichung to Hualien
Taroko National Park on day 7
Day 8 from Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall to Houshanpi
Jiufen + Shifen on Day 9
Pingxi sky lantern festival on day 9
Ending off with Taipei creative parks on Day 10
Tried and Tested: Accommodations in Taiwan


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8 Comments on “11 days in Taiwan: Day 3 in Lavender Cottage

  1. hi
    so the lavender plot isnt WOW impact but hmm okay that kind? I plan to have 2 days for taichung including the feng jia market so if this is just so so then i dont think i want to go there just for this. hotel stay etc, time is too precious to see neh things
    Thanks!

    1. Hi there, it wasn’t a wow thing at least to me. You can consider going if you will be in that area, otherwise, I’ll recommend you to stick within Taichung since you are only there for two days and there are sufficient things to see within that area already.

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