The New Year was blown in at Loseley with high winds and rain interspersed with a few crisp frosty mornings and some signs of spring; snowdrops and hellebores in the Walled Garden and very early (and slightly confused) daffodils along the driveway.
Although this time of year is “quiet” at Loseley as we are closed to the public it is actually a hive of activity with the Events team taking bookings for weddings, corporate, private and public events and from groups wanting to pre book their summer outings. The gardeners are busy growing to restock the garden and to sell plants at the Spring Garden Show (22-24 April 10am – 5pm) and in the Plant Sales area during the early part of our open season – the plants go quickly and are usually sold out by June. One of the greenhouses is currently full of geranium cuttings and the other greenhouse is full of seedlings. The Grounds team are still busy mowing grass, clearing wood and generally keeping the park tidy. In Loseley House Phil is tackling the 6 week long annual cleaning of all the wood panneling and furniture using natural beeswax and a dry paintbrush. One of the painstaking and laborious tasks that keep the house looking so special …. and smelling wonderful!
Our first event of the year was our Wedding Fair on Sunday 7th February when we welcomed lots of newly engaged couples who came to get inspiration from our wide range of wedding suppliers and to see Loseley’s beautiful wedding venue. The Loseley and Caper & Berry teams were on hand to answer questions, check dates and offer advice and visitors were able to sample the delicious delights provided by Caper & Berry who also fired up the Defender pizza oven.
Jane Austen at Home
We will be stepping back in time on Thursday 17th March with a performance of Jane Austen at Home in the Great Hall of Loseley house. “It is a truth, universally acknowledged” that It will be a lively and varied recital with engaging drawing-room intimacy, celebrating the life, mind and writings of one of our greatest novelists! Performance only and with-dinner tickets are still available.