For anyone interested in gardens, food, perfume making, fragrances, creative workshops, live music, great coffee, home-made cakes, botanical gifts or walking in the Dorset countryside.
If you love your fragrances, and particularly natural botanicals, then Keyneston Mill is the place to visit. Just outside Blandford, nestled in the Tarrant Valley on the river Stour, this is the home of Parterre Fragrances where the key ingredients for their high-end niche perfumes are grown, harvested and distilled.
The 50-acre estate is perfect for an autumn walk through the formal botanic gardens and beyond to the river meadow and orchards, passing the perfume crop fields en-route. And dogs are welcome too. If you want to learn about the plants that are used to make perfume, see what happens in the distillery, and really find out what goes on behind the scenes, then we strongly recommend you book a Scented plants and perfume tour. There are also an astonishing number of workshops you can do, ranging from perfume making (you get to take home your own bespoke scent!) to candle-making, Autumn and Christmas wreath-making, botanical watercolours and silk-dyeing using natural dyes, to name but a few.
Foodies will love the contemporary and stylish Scented Botanist Bistro which serves freshly-made dishes, with a fragrant twist with many of the ingredients and edible flowers and herbs grown on the estate. The Autumn lunch menu has some real treats including Moroccan spiced squash filo Croustade with pomegranate molasses and toasted almonds, wild mushroom arancini with roasted garlic aioli, and their ever- popular goats’ cheese souffle. There is always a warming autumnal soup of the day, as well as lots of veggie and vegan options, and some decidedly decadent home-made cakes and desserts to complete your meal. The bistro is licensed with a well-chosen wine selection plus local ale and cider. We have recently developed our own Geranium Gin which is for sale in our gift shop.
Some of our dishes and cakes are gluten free such as our warm poached egg rocket salad with frazzled chorizo, wood roasted peppers & olives. We also incorporate produce harvested from the estate such as our Bramley apples to make compote and Keyneston Mill honey. We also source products locally to include Oyster mushrooms from the New Forest and Wild Boar from Crabb Farm down the road.
There is so much to do at Keyneston Mill… and if you feel like being creative, it’s definitely worth checking out the workshops and making a day of it! So go on, take some time out and discover the world of scent on your doorstep!