About Us

The House

The present house was built in 1852 and has been continually inhabited by the Drinkwaters and their descendants.  Designed by an English Priest for his daughter and son-in-law it is a combination of Georgian and Victorian styles.

The Company

Northbrook Farm Weddings & Events was founded in 2015 but has been hosting weddings as early as the 1900’s.  It now hosts weddings every weekend from the 1st of June until the 2nd weekend in October.

FAQ

After being fortunate enough to host a number of weddings over the last few years we have answered a variety of questions for our couples.  See our FAQ section below for some of our most asked questions.

The House

The property was acquired by Dr. John Drinkwater in 1832 who came from England with his 3 children.  The family kept journals of the early days of their new life in Canada and we are fortunate that we still have some in our possession. The first house to be built on the property was a log cabin.  In 1850 the cabin burned and the new house designed by Sarah Drinkwaters father, Reverend George Hallen, was built in 1852 for $396.00 and was originally 6700 square feet.  The stacked board construction of the house is unique and is architecturally significant.  All of the wood used to build the house was harvested from the property and milled in the Drinkwater sawmill on the North River, which is just a five minute walk from the Northbrook Farm. Few houses of this type remain and Northbrook is larger than most of the houses built using this method.

The Company

In 2008 we purchased Northbrook and quickly began making improvements to the house and property.  Maintaining the original features of the house was important but it also needed to function as a 21st century home.  To that end new windows, foam insulation and geo thermal heating were added to improve its efficiency.  When we hosted our first wedding for a friends daughter we realized that we had an opportunity to move into a new business venture and began making enquiries about building a wedding venue business on the property.  After many discussions with the township, we received our zoning change approval in 2016.  We moved quickly to acquire our own tent and have continually added to our venue to make it easy for couples to hold their ceremonies and reception all in one place.

FAQ

How Long Have You Been In Business?

Northbrook Farm Weddings and Events has been operating as a venue since 2013.

Where are you located?

Northbrook Farm is located at 3952 Fairgrounds Road in the township of Severn just outside of Orillia.

What types of events do you host?

We host ceremonies and receptions, corporate outings and team building events, anniversary parties and celebrations of life. If you have a differnt occasion in mind please let us know.

Do you live on the property?

We live in the farmhouse with our son and daughter-in-law and 3 dogs.

What happens if it rains?

If it rains our 40′ x 75′ tent serves as a great backup plan.

Do you offer a room for the bride to get ready?

If a bride wishes to get ready on the property the house can be rented for an extra charge.

What is your capacity?

Our capacity is 160 maximum

Is there parking on site?

There is lots of parking on site and Northbrook staff assists with guest parking.

How far from Toronto is the venue?

We are approximately 1 hour from the North side of Toronto.
We recently celebrated our daughter and son-in-law, Megan & Cor’s fourth wedding anniversary with the happy arrival of their second child, a son Jack. We were reminded of the spectacular day we had at your venue September 14, 2013. This is simply to say Thank You once again for all you did for us & continue to do for others on your beautiful grounds.  Wishing you continued success! Jennifer & Don

I got married at Northbrook a week ago, and I am still sitting here in “awe” at how incredibly amazing the venue and day was!!! Chris and Laurie the owners of this venue, I can not speak highly enough about them! All of our guests had such a lovely time and one they will talk about forever! Northbrook Farms and Weddings truly is a hidden gem!!! Brittany & Matt

Do you Have a Question?

If you have a question about holding a wedding or other event at Northbrook Farm than please let us know.