Sunnybrook is an oft-forgotten treasure lost in the vast expanse of Toronto. Its park contains beautiful trails and sports fields; it connects with Toronto botanical gardens, Sunnybrook Stables, riding school, and a campus of University of Toronto. The University owns Estates of Sunnybrook – group of sumptuous mansions born out of the prosperity of the Roaring Twenties, destined to become popular event venues.
McLean House strikes the right combination between somber fieldstone and earthy, cozy, even relaxed look, and is surrounded by dedicated designer gardens. Sharpness of straight lines blends into softness of curves, emphasized by the contrast between brown and white. Every angle of the house and the garden, from the columns of the portico, to protruding dormer windows, to dramatic lighting
at night, promises to create your most memorable pictures.
Inside. The League of Interior Designers of Ontario decorated the interior of this mansion to showcase their talents. Dramatic mahogany woodwork at the entrance will set the tone, the grand staircase will make your head spin, and fireplaces and chandeliers scattered across the rooms will take you to a fairy-tale. The main dining room will foster an intimate dining experience for your group of up to 72 guests. There is ample space for back-up and changes of scenery. The venue offers full access to main level and second floor, large patio and gardens. Your ceremony, for example, could take place outdoors in the garden or indoors in the luminous Conservatory.
Suitability. Although the Estates operate multiple venues and may hold multiple weddings at a time, each is completely self-contained, with dedicated coat check, washrooms, gardens, and ample free parking. The venue’s own staff provides catering. Moreover, your participation will contribute to a great cause of good health for everyone: the University uses the proceeds from the venue to fund its hospital. Also, keep in mind that 2nd floor is not wheelchair-accessible.
Costs – as of mid-2018. The venue can be booked for a whole day or half-day (11 am – 4 pm and 6 pm – 1 am). The rental cost for the evening is $2,800 + tax on Saturday, $1,200 + tax on Friday and Sunday, and $850 +tax for a daytime reservation only (off-season discounts of 20% are available between November and April). The rental cost will include full room set-up (furniture, linens and tableware), Maitre d’, podium and a microphone. In addition, expect a ceremony fee of $500 + tax, SOCAN and re:Sound fees, and minimum catering consumption charges ($8,000 on Saturday night and $5,000 otherwise), along with tax, mandatory gratuity, cake service fee and corkage fee for any alcohol you bring.
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