One of the main reasons we booked this resort was because it included water sports such as kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding. However our first day there it was 23’C and cloudy with a 30% chance of thunderstorms so the rental facility was closed. It was the Monday of a long weekend too, so we had really expected it to be open and spend a good chunk of the day on the lake. The outdoor and indoor pools were closed. Our second day it was 14’C, so I understand we were out of luck then, however I don’t like that we still had to pay the full resort price. The spa is not included in the room price and quite pricey even with the guest discount.
I also just want to mention that the place was very warm, we would wear shorts and tshirts inside (meals, game room, looking at art on walls) only to put on pants and a sweater to go outside. The ac in the room worked well.
Our meals tasted absolutely amazing, the staff was polite, and the bed was probably the most comfortable I have ever been in. The grounds were large, beautiful, and full of picnic spots. We found that 3 of the 6 darts were broken, and the outdoor games also had broken or missing pieces. The gazebo was used as a storage facility which seemed a little unprofessional. The place was otherwise clean and the decor was spectacular, we loved the old maps!
Last week we felt we just had to get out of Toronto for a break from all the covid 19 pressures a city brings. This resort is only an hour north of Toronto and brings with the atmosphere of a countryside inn. We actually had some trouble with accommodations elsewhere and the Briars came to our rescue. We’d like to thank Bob in particular and his colleagues for their courtesy and effort to make our weekend enjoyable. We had a massage, two walks in the woods, a quick visit to the beach, a dip in the pool, a nice breakfast, and a good dinner on their lovely patio. We have decided to return in a couple of weeks to take advantage of their golf course as well. And to pick up a couple of things we left in the room which staff kindly put away safely for our return. It is not super big or busy so it was easy to social distance and we felt comfortable with their covid protocols.
I love staying at this resort! The rooms are cozy with great views, the beds comfortable with top of the line sheets. The staff are friendly and helpful. The food is delicious and healthy. It has a swimming pool both indoor and out as well as an indoor hot tub and sauna.
As it is 170 years old it has country inn feel with lots of things to do and a spa to wind down with good massage therapists, and aestheticians.
This is the 19th year visiting each time when I am in Ontario.
Restaurant is very good with many choices. Service at the resort is also very good. The two pools are not heated. Even though the temperature is warm the water is cold. The rooms are "tired".The beds are not comfortable. Our room TV did not work properly. You could not change the channels. Towels are shredded. There is nothing to do if it's raining. For sure if you have kids there is nothing for them at this resort. I recommend another spot
We stayed here for three nights and had a very nice stay. The grounds are big and right on the lake. Good breakfast and a la carte meals excellent but took a long time coming about an hour wait for our main course. Rooms large except the bathroom not a fan of shower curtains. Chairs on balcony could be more comfortable and only some balconies had a table we didn’t. There is no lift so we asked for help lifting our cases to the second floor. Water in the room would be nice too fir price paid. We like duvets on the bed not blankets now. The hotel is spread out so difficult to find your bearings. The outside pool area only had two umbrellas and the grass got muddy after rain. Nice comfy chairs in the room a footstool would be nice. These are small things but in this sort of establishment should be standard. We enjoyed our stay very much but may not return.