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The Briars is a heritage Ontario lakeside resort, 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, making it an icon of Ontario's Green Belt.

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This very special property includes access to The Briars golf club, 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.

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.  


With a history that dates back to 1840, The Briars blends modern amenities and vintage rooms with Victorian Era charm.


Explore its evolution as a private farm to first-class country retreat with its mix of inn rooms and private cottage.

The Briars’ diverse history and its many secrets await discovery.


From founder William Sibbald’s role in the Upper Canada Rebellion to the picturesque Peacock House – Ontario’s only octagonal-shaped peacock house – to the two-storey rubble stone Manor House and its Regency architecture, our four-star lakeside resort features something for everyone.

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