The Briars Resort & Spa

55 Hedge Road, RR 1, Jacksons Point, Ontario L0E 1L0
Innkeeper(s): The Sibbald Family
 
  • Introduction

    The Briars is a heritage Ontario lakeside resort located in Jacksons Point, a refuge of relaxation and genuine hospitality amidst acres of lush lawns, gardens and towering trees. The surrounding woodlands, rivers and Lake Simcoe shoreline provide habitat for a variety of wildlife, an icon of Ontario's Green Belt.

    Crisp fresh air, beautiful accommodation, wonderful meals and great activities - from our sunlit indoor pool, to our spa, cross country skiing and weekend programs including sleigh rides, guided hikes and more.

    We are in the Greater Toronto Area - an easy drive over well-travelled roads.

    This very special property includes a championship Scottish woodlands golf course, a full spa and excellent recreation programming. The Briars is recognized for its historic and natural significance by the Ontario Heritage Foundation and the Arboretum at the University of Guelph.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Our Guest Rooms are located in several areas of our Ontario inn, and in the cottage area. The rooms have one queen sized or one king sized bed, or two twin beds. Each has a TV, comfortable seating and 4-piece bath, and comfortable seating with pleasant views of gardens or lake. Most have a patio or balcony. Some are available with interconnecting doors to create suites.  Rates vary with view, fireplace and extra amenities.

    Our Woodlands Cottages are situated in a grove of magnificent pines overlooking the approach to the 18th green. In summer, you’re steps from the outdoor pool, golf and breakfast at the Summer Dining Room. In winter, these cottages are quiet and secluded.

    Two-Bedroom Cottages & Suites provide spacious accommodations with two bedrooms, a large living room with fireplace, TV and DVD player, wet bar with refrigerator, microwave and a comfortable deck. Each living room features comfortable seating where you can join together for a drink, a game or a movie in in front of the fireplace. The wet bar area, with refrigerator, allows you to prepare cold snacks and hot drinks. Cottages each have two four-piece baths, except Shelter and Birdie have one. Leacock Cottage is handicapped accessible. Pinewood is pet-friendly. Two cottages have a small third bedroom. Six cottages have spectacular lake views. Add $40 per adult for lake view in Mid and High season.

    Four, seven and ten bedroom private lodges each contain a spacious living room with comfortable seating, a deck overlooking the lake, and a number of guest rooms, each with private bath. Private lodges are exceedingly well-suited to family gatherings, social reunions and small business retreats.

    The Briars' captivating marriage of traditional country inn warmth with extensive resort facilities provides such a sense of a private retreat that our guests consider us "Another World", just an hour from Toronto.

    The Sibbald family and the Briars staff invite you to visit the resort at any time of year, to relax and restore yourself, and rekindle your relationships with family and friends.

     

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Karen Weaver for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    The Briars offers a very unique experience for guests. We are a heritage property on the southern shores of Lake Simcoe. We are a member of Ontario's Finest Inns which constitutes 31 historic heritage inns and boutique hotels across Canada. We are located only an hour from Toronto so there is stress free driving getting to your destination.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Our Resort offers a championship golf course, tennis courts, nature trails, lush gardens and sparkling blue waters. Amid the 200 acres resort guests are able to participate in a myriad of activities and recreational programming. We also have an organic garden that produces fruits, vegetables and herbs which are selected by our chef each day to produce an exceptional dining experience. You can enjoy a meal on our outdoor patio or inside at the Drinkwaters Lounge or dining room.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    We are located in the quaint town of Jackson's Point only a half hour north of Newmarket. People will become enchanted with the history of the area as Ontario's first cottage country. The Briars, as a landmark, has been sought after by movie production companies and select films have been shot amongst the grounds. We are privileged to have had famous movies stars such as Nicole Kidman, Michael Douglas and Gene Hackman stay at the resort.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    The best compliment that we have ever received is that we are a diamond in the rough, and an experience unparalleled in Canada. Many people share that they have enjoyed the best food they have had in years!

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The best kept secret about the area is that it is the best kept secret!!! We have local wine and cheese makers and the area is made up of extremely talented artisans who are so talented at their craft that there is an annual fair to promote their creations.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    For extended stays at the Briars Resort one should really look up the events that are being held in the area. From the weekend long Georgina Gathering to the Purple Turtle Arts festival the events in the area are sure to please. We also have summer recreational programming and music every Monday night in the Drinkwaters Lounge featuring Tom Leadbetter. If you enjoy golfing, water activities, hiking or simply relaxing by one of the three pools, you surely have plenty to do at The Briars. For additional Town events and activities please visit www.yorkregion.com/yorkregion-events/.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    The main street of Jackson's Point is walking distance to the Inn where you can enjoy the little shops and restaurants. We are also walking distance to the famous St. Georges Church where Stephen Leacock, known for his writing, teaching and humor is buried. St. Georges is right beside Sibbald Provincial Park where you can go and enjoy a picnic or stroll the beautiful beach.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    People staying at the Inn do not venture far for excellent cuisine. The outdoor patio, dining room and Drinkwaters lounge offers contemporary and traditional fair. There are other restaurants to choose from in the area including but not limited to a fine dining steak and seafood restaurant, a few pubs and an excellent Italian deli. We also love our ice cream here! You can choose from 4 parlors which are very close to the Briars.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Guests can be directed to these Web Sites:
    www.briars.ca
    www.resortsofontario.com/
    www.ontariosfinestinns.com/
    www.yorkregion.com
    www.visitlakesimcoe.ca

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    The Briars Resort has 86 rooms which range from Inn Guest Rooms, Manor House Rooms, Lakeside Cottages and Woodland Cottages. We have two outdoor pool, 1 indoor pool, fitness facilities, full service spa, and championship golf course. Water sports including canoeing, paddle boards, kayaks, pedal boats, tennis courts, billiards room and so much more.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do have a couple of cottages that are dog friendly.

     

  • Fine Dining at the Briars

    Come in, relax and enjoy traditional and contemporary favourites — including homemade pastries — all prepared in our kitchen. Executive Chef Trevor Ledlie has included delicious ingredients from local farmers and our gardens. You simply can’t get fresher than that!

    The Briars Dining Rooms

    Our dining rooms have all been redecorated, accented with crisp linens, silver plated cutlery and fresh flowers or plants in season. The atmosphere is relaxed and sociable, with attentive dining room service. We offer a separate family dining area so that families and guests can enjoy their meals peacefully. The resort's indoor spaces are non-smoking.

     

    Wine List

    We have carefully selected the best from Ontario wineries and breweries, recently adding organic wine and a biodynamic wine. The beer and wine list is augmented by an excellent selection of across the world. Our dining rooms are fully licensed.
    Visitors

    Resort guests and visitors are welcomed in our dining rooms. For visitors not staying with us, reservations are recommended, including for the Saturday evening candlelit dinner-dance.

    Seasonal Gala Dinners, Lunches and Brunches


    Summer is a time to celebrate! At The Briars the tables are well-laden with the foods you like — special and comfy food, traditional and contemporary dishes, and yummy desserts — perfect for a special celebration, or just catching up with friends or family.

    Please make your reservation at 905-722-3271.

    Summer Buffets

    A great hit last year, we are reintroducing our Summer Buffets starting July 1st, 2012 and running through to Labour Day weekend. These brunches replace breakfast and lunch, and are a great way to enjoy togetherness, the beautiful scenery of Summer on Lake Simcoe and are perfect for special occasions!

    Seating times are 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. The cost per person for guests who are not on a meal plan, or for those joining us just for a meal is $32 for adults and $15 for kids 10 and under.

    Christmas Galas

    Our Christmas Galas are the perfect choice for those who wish to get together with a social or corporate group to celebrate the holidays together in an upbeat environment. An amazing Gala Buffet paired with dancing after dinner is such a great way to enjoy the company of those you value most in at this time of year.

    The cost per person is $80 per person. For overnight packages call 1-800-465-2376.

     

     

     

     

     



    Christmas Luncheons


    Festive Christmas Lunch buffets will start on Monday December 17, through to Friday December 21 . We do not have these lunches on weekends. These lunches are very popular with small groups of friends or co-workers looking for a chance to do something to celebrate the season that is both a day event and reasonably priced.


    New Year's Eve

    Join us at The Briars to celebrate the beginning of a New Year! New Years Eve is Monday, December 31st, and we hope it will be as fantastic as this year's party. Cost for the party only is $130.00 per person and will include a four course dinner, dancing to DJ Dave, party favours and a glass of Champagne at midnight. (Packages not including an overnight stay are extremely limited as we need to ensure we can accommodate all of our houseguests).

  • The Briars Spa


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Ultimate Restorative Escape!

    The Briars Spa offers a welcoming and healing atmosphere to our overnight guests and day spa visitors. Please visit our menu to see our full menu of services and spa packages.

    Spa Hours: Monday - Sunday : 9-6 p.m

    *Please note that while we accept WaySpa, SpaFinder and Life Experience, these cards and gift certificates cannot be used in combination with any Briars Spa Packages, Specials or Promotions. Enjoy!

    Daily Specials

    "Love Yourself" Mondays

    Enjoy a Pedicure for only $50

    "Bonus Buy" Tuesdays

    With the booking of any 60 min Specialized Facial, receive a complimentary 30 min Manicure (no substitutions available).

    "Wellness" Wednesdays

    Enjoy a 30 minute Aromatherapy Massage with a Spa Refresher for only $50.

    “Spa Therapy” Thursdays

    Wrap yourself  in savings!  Enjoy our Algae Body Wrap and get a 15% discount!

    Daily Specials are not valid on holidays or long weekends.

     

  • The Briars Golf Course Ontario

     

     

    Ontario Golf packages at The Briars Resort

    The Briars is beautifully located on Lake Simcoe an easy hour from Toronto – perfect for your own retreat, or for a group of friends or family to gather for a golf getaway.

    The Briars Golf Club's well manicured, "subtle and attractive lay-out winds through cedar hedging, century old evergreens and graceful birch stands." This Stanley Thompson/Robbie Robinson design includes well protected greens, water hazards and magnificent Black River vistas.

    And after your round, kick back and enjoy our spa, private waterfront, extensive recreation, fine dining and beautiful accommodations.

    "The well-maintained, easily walked track -- with well-framed but seldom narrow fairways -- is a splendid resort course; not too penal for higher handicaps but no pushover for better players looking to accurately position tee shots or master the subtle breaks of its greens." - Ted McIntyre, Ontario Golf Magazine.

    The Shops for Pros

    The friendly staff at the Briars Pro Shop can help you choose from the well-stocked and competitively priced selection of clothing and equipment.

    Whether you have forgotten something at home, are ready for a fresh new look or need that special club to knock a few strokes off your score, we provide everything for a memorable golf experience.

    Golf Lessons

    Four CPGA professionals are available to give lessons, with a variety of options to best suit your game. Prices start at $35 for a half-hour.

    Please call the Pro Shop to inquire. Call 1-888-515-5558 or 905-722-3772.

    Golf Groups & Events

    Ontario golf group packagesThe Briars is the ideal place for your next group event!

    Overnight Golf Gatherings

    Unique private lodges, lakeside cottages or the inn can comfortably accommodate your group. Hospitality rooms included with many of the accommodation choices.

    Loads of fun Ontario resort recreation, on-site spa and excellent meals all are a recipe for success and fun.

    Day Events

    Smaller groups can use of the inn, while many larger groups choose private rental of the Summer House - the original club house, adjacent to the 18th green. Extensive recreation, team building and spa also available. Please contact Alexis Hope.

    Ontario Meetings & Conferences

    Extend your meeting onto the fairways! A conference or meeting held in the unique atmosphere of the Briars Conference Centre, nestled along the shores of Lake Simcoe is sure to motivate your team! Bring them up for the day, overnight, or plan a week-long conference filled with fun team building and recreational activities. Please contact Brad Young for more information about our Meet & Golf options.

  • Activities

    At The Briars, the quintessential Ontario Resort, discover a world of activities.

    Indoors, you can splash in the solarium pool, relax in the whirlpool or sauna, work-out in the fitness room. Enjoy a quiet game of billiards, or curl up by the fire in one of the inn's secluded nooks.

    The beauty of nature beckons you to come on out and enjoy a game of tennis or golf, snow shoeing or skating and Lake Simcoe - whether it's crystal blue or dramatic winter white. Year-round, marked trails guide you through a private nature reserve, along the shore or through the gardens.

    The Briars Saturday evening dinner-dances are one of Ontario's most enduring cottage country traditions, and continue into the fall months.


    Winter Outdoor Sports:

    From December 22 to March 20, based on conditions and weather.

    The facilities are included in overnight guest packages unless noted with ($):

    • Groomed and track set cross-country ski trails
    • Hiking trails
    • Snowshoeing ($)
    • Skating (pond or Lake Simcoe)
    • Tobogganing on the mount
    • Cross country ski equipment ($)
    • Ice Fishing  - local operators approximately January 20 to March 15 ($)
    • Local Tubing, Tobogganing, skating at Georgina ROC ($)

    Winter Programs:

    From December 22 to March 20 a complete program of  Winter Activities is offered weekends and holidays, based on weather, schedule and availability. Please check your package and current programs for what's on during your stay. The activities are included in overnight guest ackages unless noted with ($):

    • Horse-drawn sleigh rides with hot chocolate
    • Guided country walk, often ending with hot mulled wine and hot chocolate by the bonfire
    • Guided Nordic poling walk
    • Guided indoor and outdoor historical tour
    • Yoga class
    • Sketching class
    • Ball Hockey and Broomball
    • Cooking demonstrations

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    *Activities are based on schedule, weather and availability and subject to change without notice. There are no credits for activities missed due to weather or any other circumstance.

    Indoor and Outdoor Getaway Activities:

    The following facilities are offered daily, year-round, based on schedule and weather.
    They are included in your overnight guest package unless noted with ($):

    • Indoor solarium pool, whirlpool and sauna
    • Fitness room with free weights, bike, weight machine, elliptical trainer, treadmill
    • Games room with ping pong, billiards, foosball, table shuffleboard, etc.
    • Living rooms with fireplaces
    • Walking trails
    • Saturday Evening Dancing
    • Spa with extensive treatment menu ($)

    Spring, Summer, Fall Outdoor Sports:

    "Water Sports" Season

    May 24 to September 15 depending on weather, water conditions and schedule.

    The facilities are included in overnight guest packages:

    • Pedal boats
    • Canoes
    • Kayaks
    • Relaxation areas with use of towels, chairs and chaises
    • Dock and swimming area
    • Small sandy play area for kids

    "Land Sports" Season

    April 15 to October 30 depending on weather and schedule. The facilities are included in overnight guest packages unless noted with ($):

    • 4 outdoor courts (2 night-lit) for tennis, basketball, ball hockey
    • Use of tennis rackets, basketball, volleyball, ball hockey equipment
    • Beach volleyball court
    • Croquet court and equipment
    • Ladder golf game
    • Badminton equipment and net
    • Mountain bikes free rentals
    • Horseshoe pit, croquet court and bocce
    • The Inn's outdoor pool ( May 24 to September 15)
    • Cottage Area outdoor pool (Canada to Labour Day)
    • 18 Hole Championship Golf - approximately May 1 to Oct 31 ($)

    Spring, Summer and Fall Programs:

    Items noted with ($) are an additional cost:

    • Lady Simcoe cruise
    • Kayak expedition
    • Historical Tour
    • Garden Tour
    • Country Walk
    • Yoga
    • Aquafit
    • Cooking demonstrations
    • Sketching Class
    • Nightly entertainment
    • Tubing behind boat ($)
    • Expeditions to nearby sites like museums, native trails ($), paintball ($), farms ($)

    Spring and Fall Weekend Programs are offered from March 25 to June 30 and September 9 to October 31, based on weather and schedule. Please check your package and current programs for details. They are included in overnight guest packages unless noted with ($):

    • Guided Country Walk
    • History Tour
    • Yoga
    • Dinner Dance
    • Lady Simcoe cruise (generally about May 24 to June 30. September 9 to 20)
  • Conferences

    The Briars Conference Centre offers first class Ontario meeting facilities, accommodation and unparalleled four-season recreation opportunities, within an easy hour's drive from Toronto on Lake Simcoe, Ontario.

    Our professional meeting coordinators help you plan every facet of your Ontario meeting.  Unique, flexible and diverse function spaces for your group, comfortable accommodation, excellent meals and on-site exercise facilities, walking trails and recreation amenities offer you and your team the opportunity to be creative and productive, both in and out of your meetings. Our team offers you a warm welcoming environment to accomplish your goals.

    Our lakeside location gives you ample space for team building. Fresh air, exercise and breathing space are on your doorstep. Fresh thinking is waiting for you right here at The Briars. Get in touch with The Briars Conference Centre, and start setting the stage for a well-executed and profitable meeting. Visit Our Website for More Information.

    Contact Brad Young at 1-800-465-2376 today.

  • Weddings At The Briars

    We welcome you and your guests to The Briars...where a tradition of hospitality awaits you!

    Outdoor Wedding Venue

    Romantic and charming weddings take place right in our lush perennial gardens overlooking sparkling Lake Simcoe.

    Church Weddings

    Imagine being married in a local historic stone church; St. George's Anglican Church (just 5 minutes away), and then winding your way back down the shady Hedge Road to a reception beneath a canopy of century old trees. (Contact info available upon request).

    Winter Weddings

    Host your intimate winter wedding in our historic Manor House amidst the romance and charm of cozy fireplaces and views of snow-clad trees.

    The Briars can make your wedding dreams come true. Our heritage resort on the shores of Lake Simcoe has hosted memorable weddings for decades. We invite you to discover how our custom wedding plans, excellent cuisine, beautiful facilities and natural surroundings can create lasting, joyous memories.

    Talk to our Wedding Coordinator Alexis for more information about

    Email: Alexis.Hope@briars.ca
    Call: 1-800-465-2376.

    Arrange a visit to The Briars for your personalized tour and let us help you make your dreams come true. Visit our Website for More Information.

  • Social Groups and Reunions

    Together Again, Like Never Before!

    There’s no place like The Briars to foster a new sense of togetherness amongst family and friends at a private gathering, or with colleagues at a corporate event. Family reunions have been a regular occurence at The Briars for over 80 years.

    The winning combination of facilities, recreation, accommodations and dining on the shores of Lake Simcoe are simply unrivalled.

    So much to do, recreation activities offer plenty of fun!

    • Waterfront fun, tennis, indoor and outdoor swimming, biking and more!
    • Championship golf on the Briars Golf Club course
    • Relax in the full-service Briars Spa
    • Sample of summer recreation program

    Stay in Style

    Accommodation that includes lodges and cottages, some of which overlook Lake Simcoe or the golf course, creates the exclusive atmosphere of your own private resort. Lodges have seven or ten bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and a common living room, perfect for reunions or conferences. Larger groups may have the exclusive use of one of the wings adjoining the Manor House.

     

     

    Culinary Excellence, Served the Way you like it

    • Executive Chef Trevor Ledlie and his team design menus that feature fresh local produce as well as herbs, fruit and vegetables from the resort's extensive gardens.
    • Packages include three meals daily with a good selection of Ontario VQA wines, World wines, beer and alcohols.
    • Arrangements can be made for theme dinners choreographed down to the last special detail, outdoor BBQ’s, and sandwich luncheons or pub dinners can be delivered to your living room.

    Social Group Packages Include the Following:

    • Three meals daily
    • Use of all recreation facilities (golf and spa extra)
    • A full-time social coordinator
    • Hospitality room with ice, glasses and evening clean-up (for larger groups)
    • Living room with ice and glasses (for smaller groups)
    • Attractive package rates
    • In-house host/sports coordinators to help with your needs

    Start researching your best event ever by contacting Kae Ferraro, Social Groups Coordinator at 1-800-465-2376.

  • Directions to The Briars Getaway Ontario

    The Briars is located on the south shore of beautiful Lake Simcoe, approximately 45 miles/72 kilometres north of Toronto, Canada.

    Here are routes for guests travelling from Greater Toronto, Mississauga and Pearson International Airport.

    GPS Coordinates N44° 19.367';  W079° 21.771'

    From Toronto, there are two routes:

    In the summertime, it is a pleasant one hour drive north on Highway 404/Davis Drive/Markham Road. In winter, the trip takes a little more than one hour.

    Highway 404/Green Lane/Woobine Ave.

    1. Hwy 404 is the northern extension of the Don Valley Parkway (DVP) starting at Hwy 401
    2. Take Hwy. 404 north to Davis Drive, Newmarket
    3. Turn right (east) on Davis Dr and drive 9.1 km to Markham Rd (Hwy 48)
    4. Turn left and travel north 23.2 km to Sutton
    5. Turn left onto High St. (north) and travel 1.2 km to Dalton Rd
    6. Turn right and follow Dalton Rd. 2.1 km to Jackson's Point
    7. At the second stop sign, Lake Drive, turn right
    8. At the stop sign, Hedge Rd., turn right
    9. Drive 200m to The Briars gates

    Travel Markham Rd (Hwy 48) north to Sutton

    1. Turn left onto High St. (north) and travel 1.2 km to Dalton Rd
    2. Turn right and follow Dalton Rd. 2.1 km to Jackson's Point
    3. At the second stop sign, Lake Drive, turn right
    4. At the stop sign, Hedge Rd., turn right
    5. Drive 200m to The Briars gates

    From Mississauga:

    In the summertime, it is a pleasant 75-minute drive going north from Mississauga on Highway 407/Highway 404. In winter, it is an equally scenic trip, taking just a little longer.
     

    Using toll route: Hwy. 407 ETR* east to Hwy. 404 North. No toll route: follow QEW east to Hwy. 403 East, to Hwy. 401 east, to Hwy. 404 north.

    1. Take Hwy. 404 north to Davis Drive, Newmarket
    2. Turn right (east) on Davis Dr and drive 9.1 km to Markham Rd (Hwy 48)
    3. Turn left and travel north 23.2 km to Sutton
    4. Turn left onto High St. (north) and travel 1.2 km to Dalton Rd
    5. Turn right and follow Dalton Rd. 2.1 km to Jackson's Point
    6. At the second stop sign, Lake Drive, turn right
    7. At the stop sign, Hedge Rd., turn right
    8. Drive 200m to The Briars gates

    * ETR - Express Toll Route - No stopping and no coins required. Your license plate is recorded on entry to the highway and you receive an invoice in the mail; all charges are in Canadian funds.

    From Pearson International:

    In the summertime, it is a pleasant 75-minute drive from the airport using major highways. In winter, it is an equally scenic trip that may take a little longer with good roads. As you leave the airport, follow the signs to Highway 407 ETR east. Follow the instructions given above for Mississauga.

     

 
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