More and more gin distilleries are throwing open their doors to visitors, but few offer quite such an enchanting way of getting up close and personal with gin botanicals as the hothouse at Bombay Sapphire’s Laverstoke Mill distillery in Hampshire, a sweeping glass structure designed in collaboration with Thomas Heatherwick and Kew to house living specimens of all the botanicals that make its famous gin – from the all-important juniper to exotica including liquorice, lemons and grains of paradise.
And from now until the end of April, visitors to the distillery can make a weekend of it by booking the Bombay Gin Easter break (£250, per person per night), a package that includes tickets to Laverstoke Mill and an overnight stay at the nearby five-star Vineyard hotel, including a five-course evening meal in The Vineyard restaurant. Breakfast and a series of Bombay Sapphire cocktails, as well as a botanical-laced chocolate treat created by the hotel’s pâtisserie chef Anthony Millon, are also included, along with full access to the hotel spa, which boasts a pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.
Those wishing for an even more extensive gin immersion can also take advantage of a Bombay Sapphire cocktail masterclass for a supplement of £10. At which point they may want to go and have a little lie down.