The summer of 2019/2020 was the straw that broke the camels back!
Another hot dry spell, bushfires (not in Rutherglen itself), acrid bushfire smoke and associated debris fallout (definitely in Rutherglen) finished off my passion for lawn!
In December I engaged with a very talented local landscaping company with the brief to deliver me a low impact, drought tolerant and sustainable garden.
I dreamt of an Italianate villa garden which would frame the Victorian-era cottage and be not only pleasing to the eye but kinder on a most precious commodity, water.
After the first turn of soil I just knew Dennis and I were onto something! It felt great ridding the yard of the scrappy lawn.
The project hit a financial hiatus with COVID putting a stop to the monetary flow but we pushed on labouring and improving the soil, planting out with legacy cuttings from my own & local friends garden beds, and just a few new salvias to liven up with perennial colour.
It’s a working progress however the early signs are good...enjoy a few moments from the past 6 months, and watch this space in spring!
After the excesses of Saturday nights beautiful dinner out in Rutherglen, guests and friends joined me for an afternoon romp around the Warbys before settling in with fire pit drinks and nibbles Sunday evening
Wonderful news today! From 1 June 2020 Rutherglen cellar doors are reopening. Just in time for our returning and new guests to enjoy! The wait is over, please come and support small, regional wine regions like Rutherglen. I’m sure you will be spoilt!
Well here we are! Where? All in the same boat, in it all together...or so the cliches say! Me? I’m getting out in the fresh air, sunshine and keeping pretty busy. My normally full to the rafters B&B is same as most other businesses, empty and without any real future guests on the horizon. Patience is key, keeping the faith and keeping busy will see us through I’m sure. For now enjoy my pics and I look forward to meeting you soon
Gift certificates are available! Buy now for a future stay or treat someone special for their birthday, celebrate an anniversary, thank a friend .... you will be supporting a small, regional business hit hard in 2020...first it was bushfires, smoke & heat and now, COVID-19 ~ thanks in advance for your support
John & Betty, regular VIP guests of the B&B returned to Rutherglen with their family to celebrate Johns 80th birthday...what a wonderful pleasure it was to cook them all a very special birthday breakfast feast.
My friend Alan from Merriang has the most wonderful d’Agen (sugar) plum tree...guess what’s at the guest breakfast table!
Book in now for autumn! May-June are the foliage months, ring now to enquire about availability, packages on offer and special mid-week rates
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I was thrilled to see my cappuccino choc biscotti & the triple chocolate, most decadent brownie both adorning the Morris Rare Muscat during a select tasting experience with Lil Tipsy Wine tours.
Guests of the B&B just adore the homemade biscotti. Last week was busy with orders from other local businesses. This batch was destined for Lil Tipsy Wine tours..yes that’s right...we can match chilli chocolate & cappuccino chocolate to our Rutherglen fortifieds, aka stickies (Muscat, tawny & topaque)
On a recent visit to Billsons Brewery in Beechworth I particularly enjoyed this classic dry gin. Locally sourced ingredients and handcrafted to an original recipe with juniper berries & citrus notes, I found this dandelion, honey & eucalyptus infusion gin delightful
Congratulations Montaigne, we are pleased for you!
Book in at La Maison St Arnaud for May 15,16 or 16,17 for a 2-night stay and enjoy Eurovision 2020 on Saturday 16 May as part of your package. A fun filled wacky evening, dress code Euro-trash!
Rutherglen had it all! Smoke (no fires), cancelled concerts, New Years resolution tick list, lots of fur-kids, gorgeous weather, gorgeous guests, fabulous Australia Day on the lawns at St Leonard’s Winery and the upcoming Elton John Farewell concert!
Always a great way to kick off the new year, recovery day at St Leonard’s Winery. Family, friends and guests alike all meld together to create a fabulous day!
Wishing you a very merry Christmas from La Maison St Arnaud B&B in Rutherglen.
Another year almost complete, hundreds of wonderful new and returning guests and many fur-kids all helped to make 2019 another successful year for my little business.
The B&B means more to me than just a business though, and guests are not just customers...guests fast become firm friends and enrich my life.
Whatever you may be doing today, doesn’t matter where you are, who you’re with or your beliefs, I’d like to wish you a very merry Christmas Day!
Wedding guests came from afar to help Natalie & Nick celebrate their nuptials in Rutherglen at All Saints Winery this weekend. The Melbourne couple were extra special guests of the B&B and brought along their beautiful fur-boy Paddy, a real bon vivant! Bon chance!
Yackandandah is an easygoing 30 minute drive via the Indigo Valley from Rutherglen. It’s a lovely cafe and arts village with plenty of shady parks and tree-lined streets to wander.
The fur-kids enjoyed a swim in the gorge river before refreshments in the evening back in Rutherglen at our award winning wine bar-restaurant Thousand Pound.
Congratulations to guests Diann and Bob, celebrations aplenty at the B&B this weekend for their 50th wedding anniversary.
Your host Kellie-Anne