ABOUT SPITFIRE ACRES
Spitfire Acres is a 5+ acre event center, retreat and botanical garden in the heart of Southaven, Mississippi comprised of approximately 10,000 square feet of interior/exterior entertainment areas. VERY secluded and wooded, the property is located directly north of and adjacent to, Sacred Heart School on Tchulahoma at Church Road.
The building was completely refurbished in 2011 by David McCammon, General Contractor and his team of remodeling specialists. The following years were marked by the restoration of a Civil War era hand hewn log structure, construction of a "wedding arbor” overlooking the lake, extensive outdoor deck and bar area construction/renovation. Future projects include continued planting and landscaping improvements and collaboration with the Chickasaw Trails Association on placing historic markers along the old Chickasaw roadbed - still in existence wandering through the property.
Inside. The contemporary and spacious interior is fully furnished and accessorized with original artworks. The facility offers a meeting room with a 70" flat screen TV/monitor; a flexible-room with soaring fireplace for dining/dancing/etc.; Prep kitchen for cold food storage, warming and catering needs; Main-floor sitting room with second fireplace, and additional flat screen TV monitor; Bridal Suite with ample room for dressing. Restroom and double vanity with two makeup stations. Upstairs, two office sitting rooms with restroom facilities are available for Groom's quarters.
Outside. 5500 square feet (approx.) of deck/dock/patio space with 220 feet of wrought iron railing are right on the 2 acre stocked pond, that wraps around two sides of the building. Mature trees protrude through the deck. Gunite, lagoon-style swimming pool with weeping wall. Separate waterfall gracing the pond. Lovely gazebo style outdoor bar. Warm up- a cold winter night in one of the rocking chairs beside the cozy gas fire pit in the front Courts Yard. (So named in honor of our friends and neighbors, the Courts family.) Stroll across the front lawn and visit the wishing well or the wedding arbor. Check out the renovated Civil War era hand hewn log structure for a beautiful photo op. Wander around the levee. Explore nature trails, wildlife and experience that peaceful country feeling just minutes from city amenities.
Previously part of a larger tract of land including the Sacred Heart School property, Spitfire Acres is serendipitously associated with the 1996 Gregory Productions movie, The Spitfire Grill starring Ellen Burstyn, and produced by Southaven resident, Roger Courts. (Ref. Wall Street Journal 8-14-96.) Proceeds from the award-winning movie funded construction of Sacred Heart School whose cafeteria is named The Spitfire Grill. Not coincidentally, closest neighbors to the property are Roger Courts himself and his business partner, Mark Ratay, whose travel agency overlooks the school campus. Post-acquisition in early 2011 Mark asked what the property was going to be named. After several months of thought, Mark and Roger's permission was sought to call it "Spitfire Acres”. Roger has been quite generous sharing movie memorabilia including: a signed movie poster, framed musical score from the movie autographed by the Oscar winning composer, James Horner (Titanic, Apollo 13, Braveheart, Avatar, A Beautiful Mind), and a movie prop apron for the kitchen.
Spitfire Acres is available for evening and daytime corporate meetings/conferences/retreats, birthday parties, reunions, weddings and other celebrations especially weddings and receptions. Wi-fi Internet service, telephone, cable TV are all available on site. Other amenities available include firewood for the fireplaces, gas for the fire pit, ice service, linens and a variety of tables, chairs and accessories. Maximum capacity is 150 people. Tours are available.
Overnight accommodations and complimentary shuttle service to and from Spitfire Acres are available. Participating hotels are conveniently located near Interstate 55 and Goodman Rd. Ask for details.