The Newboro Manor House will be open for participants on an invitation-only basis for week-long and weekend retreats. At Newboro Manor, participants will share in evening cocktails, gatherings, and conversations.
The Conservatory was created in 2006 when the footprint of an original shed was converted into a stone building befitting of the Manor house. This beautiful room is a peaceful gathering spot filled with light and ample seating and is open to all participants.
Newboro Manor is set on the corner of 2.3 acres of lawn, gardens, and forest for the use of participants. Take lunch in the gazebo or on the grounds; or, enjoy a mindful forest walk. Outdoor fires and other special activities will be arranged for special events during week-long and weekend retreats.
The Studios in the renovated carriage house are large, light-filled art teaching studios designed for maximum learning and offer an inspired setting to learn, create, and converse. The upper level (stair-only access) is where art and craft workshops are held and the lower level will house the upcoming pottery teaching studio (2024).
The Manor House was built in the 1860s by John Draffin, an Irish merchant who operated a successful general store on Main Street in Newboro at the time of his marriage to Margaret Bell from Carleton Place. In 1895, the Manor house was sold to the Anglican Church to serve as a rectory until 1945, when it was sold and held privately by a few different owners throughout the years. Significantly, the Manor house was owned by Paul and Margaret Bedore who planted thousands of daffodil bulbs on the property that continue to bloom yearly. In 2016-2021, Manor house was owned by Isabelle Goulet, who opened the home to the public as a stunning Bed & Breakfast known as Daffodil Acres. In 2021, the Manor house was purchased by Kim Lulashnyk and Stuart Ash, rebranded as 'Newboro Manor,' and is open to the public by offering exclusive art retreats and workshops in the renovated stone carriage house.
From "The Heritage Information File" Township of Rideau Lakes:
The two-story John Draffin Manor is an Italianate style house (famous in Ontario between 1860-90) and features brackets under wide overhanging eaves, quoins, a symmetrical façade, simple square hipped-roof, elegant proportions and narrow segmentally arched windows (here they are doors on the 2nd floor). An open porch shelters the main entrance which acts as a 2nd-floor balcony and is emphasized by large light transoms and sidelights. The 1 1/2 story extensions equally of randomized stone and has a door and dormer, both facing south. A further addition is clad in stone to match the rest of the house and features large, rounded windows. A detached two-story, two-car garage is the most recent addition. It is equally clad in stone to resemble the main structure and features a guest house with a balcony on the 2nd floor. John Draffin (born 1818) arrived in Canada from Ireland in 1860. He was a successful local merchant with a store on Main Street. It is believed that he and his wife, Margaret, built a modest 1 1/2 story structure, on his property on New Street, then added the present two-story stone structure. In 1895, the house was owned by the Diocese of Ontario to be used in trust with St. Mary's Anglican Church in the village. It hosted church-related events such as St.Mary's Jubilee Social on June 27, 1900.
Our most extraordinary luck was finding Newboro village and this incredible house. For a quaint village of 250 people, Newboro, Ontario, is a surprisingly vibrant and self-sufficient community in the heart of Rideau Lakes. Stuart and I both grew up in Manitoba, Stuart in the big City of Winnipeg and myself in a town about an hour's drive north. We met at university, taking English and History and competing with each other for higher grades, being very nerdy. We traveled to Europe together after undergrad and then married in 1994. After that, we moved to Ottawa, where Stuart started his career as an Intellectual Property lawyer and where I began a Master's degree in English literature at Carleton University. I completed a second Master's degree in Canadian Studies with thoughts of a Ph.D. in Canadian literature. Still, I pivoted to raise two amazing children and start work as a painter and potter. I set aside my studio practice in 2016-2018 to coordinate a Canada 150 public art project with the Ottawa Guild of Potters, then enrolled in the Bachelor of Education program at the University of Ottawa. Then, as it happened with all our lives, COVID hit, and our family made a second pivot. We purchased Newboro Manor in 2021. As my encore career, I became the Owner and Creative Director of Stone Manor Studios, where my education, personal values, art practice, and educational training come together. We love the house, the massive trees, the forest, and the location in the heart of the Rideau Lakes, and we look forward to sharing our adventure with you.
Open House & Holiday Craft Sale
Join us for a festive and exclusive pop-up event at the Carriage House of Stone Manor Studios!
Date: December 1, 2023
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (2 hours only!)
What to Expect:
Every guest will be entered into our exclusive draw, which will be held on-site at 6 PM.