Built in 1929, this stately stone-clad mansion with its 14 acre lakefront park has been referred to as the “jewel in the crown” of Burlington waterfront. It is a grand estate, a compound with ancillary buildings such as gatehouse, children’s dollhouse, and stables dissolving gently into the rolling fields. Its exterior walls are made of horizontal granite fieldstone, conveying coziness and reminiscent of its biggest draw, the hypnotic view of the lake.
Inside. Step in, and you will feel at home. A gracious entry hall in which to welcome family and friends, an elegant living room for a convivial gathering, a formal dining room perfect for a candlelit dinner. Your guests will go from room to room, admiring fireplaces, chandeliers, mural paintings and mouldings, and the grand staircase, a sculpture in itself. Each room holds out a promise of surprise, and all of them will be yours for the day. Ceremony can be held outside or indoors, in the chapel-like Cummis room. The largest room, the Great Hall, is located on the second floor and offers panoramic views of the lake and seating for up to 90 guests.
Suitability. Romantic and serene, this is a perfect venue if you have a smaller guestlist and would like a luxurious combination of outdoors and indoors. It also offers ample free parking, and the exclusivity for the entire day (until 1 am – but that the surrounding park is open to the public). Hassle-free is the name of the game: the exclusive caterer, Edge Hospitality, also operates the venue and is your one-stop shop for all questions.
Costs. The venue can be yours for a daily rental rate of $3,400+HST on a Saturday (discount of more than 50% applicable on a non-long-weekend Friday and Sunday, and an additional 50% discount applicable during the low season, January to March). Catering – including venue set-up, reception, three-course dinner, cake fee, beverage service, and gratuity – is offered in packages, with the starting package of $112+HST per guest (discounts applicable during off-peak days). Extras that you may wish to add to the cost include audio/visual equipment and chair covers – but public audio/visual performance will involve SOCAN fee of $99+HST.
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