We’ve been plotting and potting and preparing and planting throughout the last several weeks, eager to get the dark browns and greys out of our visual colour palette all the while searching for signs of life. In that way, the green house is the most promising place to be during the cruelest months…especially when the skies open up with torrential April showers. That’s when the green house roof plays a keyboard of percussive sounds all the while protecting plant and animal kingdom from the ravages of high winds and possibly hail. Now in this safe space there is evidence of somethings to eat and somethings to see. At this moment, the window box plantings are basking in warmth and light, and all manner of lettuces and herbs and greens and micro greens are developing their unique flavours each day… reassuring signs that spring can shove winter offstage every time.
Years back when this historic property was rescued from the passage of time, tangles of brambles & overgrown weeds, the original garden plat was discovered. The landscape design featured long perennial borders, knot garden parterres & terraced lawns for the enjoyment of the original owners at the turn of the 20th Century. Today, the garden is groomed once again and shared with our guests along with more recent additions of pergolas, fountains, herb gardens & a fanciful folly built to the proportions of Brunelleschi’s 14th C. cathedral dome in Florence. This dome has been the happy location for many garden weddings. With the passing years the garden stitches together the waxing and waning seasons of growth and respite adding another dimension to the inn’s throwback to another less hurried era.
You bring the wedding rings, and we’ll provide the estate.
For the occasion of a lifetime, our entire one-acre estate with landscaped gardens is available exclusively for your wedding. The inn has been the site of many small-scale weddings over the years. We specialize in customized events. Booking the entire inn, dining room and grounds ensures that nothing interferes with your big day. All our attention is focused on the needs of you, your wedding party and guests. We have a range of luxury double and single occupancy accommodations for up to 30.
For 2016 our main dining room seats up to 30 for dinner and makes a perfect venue for gathering family and friends. Chef Ciaran Tierney serves an ever-changing menu featuring the freshest ingredients in a relaxed atmosphere each evening. It’s hard to beat the seasonal nature of Kingsbrae Arms cuisine. Our kitchen works with items just picked from our garden, and sourced from land and sea. Seasonal menus feature a cornucopia of flavours. Chef is always pleased to meet with you to ensure that your favourite items are on the menu. And our Maitre d’ is on hand to suggest the perfect wine pairings. Let the toasts begin!
If a small-scale, intimate wedding is what you envision, then Kingsbrae Arms is perfect for you. Buy-outs include luxurious overnight accommodations, twice-daily housekeeping, sumptuous continental breakfast each morning, exceptional made-to-order dinners, and attentive service. Send us your details. Our prime wedding season from June through September is always just around the corner and the inn does book up early.
Do you have something a bit smaller in mind? In addition to exclusive all-inclusive estate bookings, we have also hosted a number of smaller wedding ceremonies in secluded spots on the property. A favourite is on the balcony of the honeymoon suite with views of the garden below and the sea beyond. Another spot is under our garden dome.
Whether your plans include booking the entire estate, or gathering with a small group of friends, we can offer a variety of options. Let us consult with you to see if we can make your dream wedding come true at Kingsbrae Arms.
Despite the snow drifts of such immense proportion this season that they defied measure, spring is only about one week behind last year. As the last of the snow ebbs, tulips, daffodils and crocus waste no time piercing the soil.
Cultivation is another matter. Some of the raised beds which should already be planted are still buried under the last layer of snow and frozen sold. Meanwhile, others are sunning themselves with a fresh coat of organic composted manure. The trick is figuring out the Copernican angle of the sun in combination with the ancient hedge shadows. Still the winter recedes and spring comes steadily on with all of the promise it holds every year at this time.
Gardening is an act of faith. Tiny seeds seem so helpless in the friable soil. Lettuce seedlings even more so with their translucent first true leaves. We had to talk ourselves into removing these seedlings from their greenhouse protection. ‘Bring your jacket and come along,’ we murmur. You love cold weather and can even survive a light frost. [Spring definition: light frost occurs when the temperature drops below freezing, but the ground has warmed and is no longer frozen. Hard freeze occurs when both temperature and ground are frozen.] Hard freeze is pretty much curtains for most vegetables except the hardiest like the Brassicas, which include the super foods like kale, collards & turnips. Tough guys in the garden.
Today we completed tilling and manuring all friable areas of the garden and then planted peas, broad beans [favas to “Silence of the Lambs” lovers] a few rows of turnips, carrots, beets, radishes, green onions. We also planted out some lettuce and mizuna seedlings. Returning indoors for the evening we bid them good luck. But we think they’re on to us. They know we’re hedging our bets and haven’t yet stored the snow blower for the season.