Pädaste Beehive Tour
Beginning of the summer we colonised the 4 beehives in Pädaste’s Kitchen Garden. Muhu has always been known for its good honey, the biodiversity on the island is particular rich and therefore there is not the usual predominance of nectars collected from a single type of plant. The biodiversity is reflected in our honey, a multifloral or wildflower honey, the most ancient type of honey.
We welcome our resident guests to explore the Pädaste beehives and learn more about the wonderful world of honeybees with our local beekeeper Risto from Ranna Mesila farm on Muhu Island.
The Beehive Tour starts at 12:00 and is complimentary for resident guests. The tour lasts about 30 minutes, no special clothing needed, we provide for a protective suit if you like to inspect the hives from close by.
To join, please inform our Guest Relations Manager before 11:00 in the morning. Limited spots available on the tour.
Beekeeping at Pädaste Manor
When Imre Sooäär and Martin Breuer bought the estate in the mid 1990’s the last inhabitants of Pädaste were 3 colonies that lived in hives close to what is now the Pädaste Yacht Club. By the time we had acquired the estate the hives had been abandoned. We are extremely happy to now reinstate the beekeeping tradition!
Honey bees collect pollen and nectar from a variety of flowering plants, including milkweed, Filipendula, dandelions, clover, goldenrod and a variety of fruit trees in a radius of 500m. The close proximity of our kitchen garden to the hives is definitely a delight also for our honeybees.
The 4 colonies are all buckfast, a crossbreed of 14 different species and their strains, the queen of each colony has a distinct background. One has ancestors in Romania, the other originates from Denmark while a third one is a crossbreed originating from Austria and Denmark and the fourth hive is ruled by a queen from Muhu heritage. The queen can be recognised by a bright mark on the head.
The first harvest of Pädaste honey can be enjoyed by our guests already this June during breakfast, and we will of course use our honey in our cuisine whenever appropriate: The Pädaste honey will also be available for guests to take home or to purchase at selected Pädaste Gourmet retail concessionaires.
Pädaste honey is curated by our beekeeper Risto Pajust, of Ranna Mesila farm on Muhu.
Pädaste Beehive Tours this season take place
27 June 12:00
11 July 12:00
25 July 12:00
08 August 12:00
22 August 12:00
12 September 12:00