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Sometimes, the only therapy you need is afternoon tea with friends

It’s said that Anna Russell, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, invented Afternoon Tea in 1840 to satisfy her during the long wait between lunch and dinner. Like the Duchess, I too have indulged in a few afternoon treats which I have now been inspired to share with you. Join me at Calderwood House where an exquisite experience for your pleasure awaits.

Nestled in the charming village of Orono, our Ontario Gothic Revival farmhouse has been a labour of love, renovated and decorated to maintain a sense of tradition. You will feel more than welcome as you wander through our home. Built in 1899, Calderwood House is set on a 1/4 acre, backing onto a forest, filled with rose gardens, a frog pond, fountain features, perennial flowers and, most beloved of all, our infinity Moongate.

Prepared in my own family kitchen, be tempted with traditional sweet and savoury fare. Sit and enjoy the propriety and civility of this the quaintest of English dining customs; an afternoon treat of tea, finger sandwiches, traditional scones, and cakes. Select from an array of teas from India and China. Or enjoy a fruity infusion of hibiscus and rosehip.

Informality in a formal setting is encouraged! As are girlie giggles and picture poses, so feel free to play dress-up and delve into my tickle trunk of fancy fascinator hats, formal ladies’ hats, and gloves and get ready for a photo shoot! More than merely afternoon tea, this is an experience!