What’s with the Name?

Fermanagh is pronounced “fer-man-a”.  We know its a bit of a weird name, but we love it.  You can check out a pronunciation in the video to the right.

We chose Fermanagh Farms because of our history.  The owners of the farm currently represented by 3 generations are the 6th, 7th and 8th generation immigrants whose ancestors settled on the 3rd Line of Bradford West Gwillimbury from County Fermanagh, Ireland.

 

Who are the People behind the Farm?

The Mills Family has a long history of being farmers, neighbours and contributors to the very local communities of Dunkerron and Schomberg and the wider area of the Holland Marsh, Bradford West Gwillimbury and York Region.

The property of the farm before the Confederation of Canada was originally designated a “Clergy Reserve” for the Church of England.  It was later purchased by the Brandon family who immigrated from County Fermanagh in the early 1800s along with the Mills, the McCutcheons and many others.  The Brandon’s cleared the land, built the barn (the portion on the stone foundation) and the red brick house.  The Brandon farm was bought by Sinclair Mills (5th generation and grandfather of current owner) in the 1930’s who lived and farmed across the road.  The farm house remained empty for about 40 years until Ron Mills renovated and moved in and farmed both properties for his lifetime (passed Nov 2021).

Thom and Lisa Mills along with parents and children have reimagined the farm into a place where many can enjoy.  It is very much a part of our Mission and Purpose.

The family is joined by a growing team of events and hospitality professionals all focused on making your event and stay the best it can possibly be.

 

Our Mission and Purpose

Fermanagh Farms exists to give people the opportunity to connect and celebrate with those important to them, the environment that sustains them and the spirit that created them.

 

How Long has Fermanagh Farms been Operating?

In one way or another the property has been an active farm from at least 1893 (the date carved in the stone in the barn).  We started hosting events in Fall 2019 and have excelled at service and hospitality ever since. 

Fermanagh Farms
4.8
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Jacquelynn Onilla
Jacquelynn Onilla
18:19 13 Sep 22
I had my wedding in August at Fermanagh Farms and it was an absolute dream. My guests were so impressed with the beauty of the venue. We chose this venue because they allowed us to bring in our own food and it was still relatively close to a major city for hotel stays. Most venues we looked at were kind of secretive with their pricings and I had to request a full on quote only after speaking to an associate. Fermanagh Farms has an online estimator where you could pick and choose options with their prices and get a rough total of what everything would cost. It was so helpful.Thom and his family are great hosts. They were attentive, friendly and professional. You can tell they take great pride in what they've built and in what they do. There was a snag with one of the vendors that incurred a surprise charge after the wedding. Thom let me know, but was respectful of the fact that I was on my honeymoon and allowed me to connect once I returned. In the end, he did admit the cost wasn't fairly warranted and waived it. Unlike most people, he put his ego aside and really cared about the impression he wanted to leave on us. I appreciated that so much. It really shows he cares. Highly recommend this property!Thank you Thom and Team for a memorable event. I couldn't have asked for a better day.
Badger Valley
Badger Valley
10:57 06 Jul 22
This was a wonderful quaint space that we enjoyed immensely. The grounds are very private and lovely. The barn apartment had everything we needed including laundry! The hanging string lights around the property at night are beautiful and just create a lovely atmosphere. Would highly recommend this property.
Matthew Penny
Matthew Penny
15:23 26 Jan 22
Absolutely beautiful space and property! Thom and his family were extremely helpful, responsive and flexible in planning our day and willing to help in any way possible. We would recommend this venue for anyone looking for a country/barn styled wedding!
Emma Bailey
Emma Bailey
12:57 14 Sep 21
My husband and I recently got married at Fermanagh Farms. Our experience was absolutely perfect - this venue has everything we wanted and more. The barn is so beautiful, the property is incredible, and the onsite bridal suite, cabin and camping was a huge seller for us. Having everything in one place was so fantastic and there is so many beautiful photo opportunities. Thom and his family were extremely helpful and flexible in planning our day and helping the day of. Would definitely recommend this venue for anyone looking for a rustic, outdoorsy, romantic space!
Sabrina Kernerman
Sabrina Kernerman
16:42 19 Aug 21
This venue is an absolute dream! The property is just beautiful with the barn, flower garden, meadows, and surrounding forest. My vision was to have a barn wedding but have the ceremony in the forest, and the Mills family at Fermanagh Farms made it happen, even though they said it hadn't been done before in that location. I was so happy with how it turned out, everything was exactly as I had pictured it!There is a cabin and bridal suite so our bridal party could get ready on site, and they have campgrounds as well so us and a few of our friends camped the night of our wedding, which was so much fun!Thom was such a pleasure to work with and really went over and above to help make our day perfect. He was responsive and thorough and reassuring, which is just what you need from your venue. We couldn't have asked for a better venue, it was exactly what we wanted! Highly recommend!
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