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A Day Trip to South Pond Farms in Kawartha Lakes, Ontario

A Day Trip to South Pond Farms in Kawartha Lakes, Ontario

Last week I had the opportunity to visit the gorgeous South Pond Farms property, and it was an absolute dream. I’d never been on a farm and I’d never been in the Kawartha Lakes area, so I was extremely excited!

Danielle French is the mastermind and owner behind South Pond Farms, and she gave us a tour around her stunning property.

These photos don’t even begin to give any justice to how beautiful South Pond Farms is – you need to go see it for yourself.

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Where is South Pond Farms located?

They’re located in Bethany Hills, which is within the municipality of Kawartha Lakes.

Where can I stay near South Pond Farms?

They have two Airbnb rentals available at South Pond Farms and the Iron Horse Ranch.

Otherwise, there are a few bed and breakfasts and hotels located nearby!


Exploring the stunning South Pond Farms property


The setup of everything at South Pond Farms is just so on point.

Everything including the pretty little flowers, wooden furniture, and mismatched plates gave off very rustic, homey vibes.

I’d never taken any serious thought into where I would want my future wedding to be (okay, maybe I googled “Toronto wedding venues” once or twice), but after seeing the beauty of this place, I am 99.99% sure I want a farm wedding.

In fact, my entire wedding board on Pinterest would suit a farm wedding… So it was basically fate that brought me to South Pond Farms.

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South Pond Farms in Pontypool, Ontario | wedding venues near Kawartha Lakes | rustic farmhouse venue near Toronto | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog
South Pond Farms in Pontypool, Ontario | wedding venues near Kawartha Lakes | rustic farmhouse venue near Toronto | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog
South Pond Farms in Pontypool, Ontario | wedding venues near Kawartha Lakes | rustic farmhouse venue near Toronto | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog
South Pond Farms in Pontypool, Ontario | wedding venues near Kawartha Lakes | rustic farmhouse venue near Toronto | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog

Canapés in the South Pond Farms garden


We had canapés in the garden, featuring Stinging Nettle Chèvre Truffle, BBQ shades of Gray Rabbit Rilette, and the Wild Leek Pide.

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I’d never had rabbit before this, and I was a bit hesitant to try it, but I ended up really enjoying it. It tasted just like chicken! (The same thing I said about the deep fried frog legs I tried at a buffet in Ottawa 9 years ago.)

But seriously, it was good.

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The signature cocktail for our day outing was the Hotter than Hades Strawberry Mojito, and while it was a bit strong for me, it was sweet and tasty.

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Lunch inside the barn


After our canapés, we explored the property a bit before heading back into the barn for lunch.

Our first course was a salad made with Lunar Rhythms baby lettuce, Heirloom carrot, Carlyle’s honey, pumpkin vinaigrette, and herbs from the farm.

One of the great things about the food at South Pond Farms is that more than half of it is locally-sourced or grown!

Also, Chef Kevin McKenna doesn’t really use dairy in his products unless it’s absolutely necessary – perfect for my lactose-intolerant friends.

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We got some bread with dip, and I don’t know what the dip was, but it was amazing.

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Next we had the Maple Smoked Beef Brisket with Silo BBQ Sauce, Jessica’s Asparagus (not mine if that’s what you’re thinking), Wild Rice “Risotto” Vegan Parm, and Cold-Pressed Canola Oil Hempseed Rocket & Maple Champagne.

The brisket was so unbelievably tender!

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For dessert, we had Rhubarb Strawberry Shortcake with Sumac Chantilly and Garden Peppermint Sugar.

The cakes looked way too pretty to eat, but I ravaged my plate within minutes of taking this photo. It was my first time trying rhubarb, and it was yummy!

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Here are a few interior shots from inside the South Pond Farms barn. It’s such a beautiful space!

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Excuse the bad quality iPhone photos – I only had my 50mm lens with me and couldn’t take any wide shots.

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South Pond Farms in Pontypool, Ontario | wedding venues near Kawartha Lakes | rustic farmhouse venue near Toronto | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog
South Pond Farms in Pontypool, Ontario | wedding venues near Kawartha Lakes | rustic farmhouse venue near Toronto | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog
South Pond Farms in Pontypool, Ontario | wedding venues near Kawartha Lakes | rustic farmhouse venue near Toronto | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog

The Ironhorse Ranch


We also had the chance to preview the Ironhorse Ranch, which hasn’t opened as a venue yet. It’s an absolutely gorgeous space!

The lake pictured below was actually placed there by the talented owner, Shawn Sutcliffe, who also restored the South Pond Farms barn to the beauty it is now.

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My outfit of the day


For my outfit, I wore this backless maxi dress I received courtesy of SheIn with a pair of nude wedges from Michael Kors (similar here). I loved the way the dress looked with my tattoos!

I was seriously worried I’d be overdressed and I even considered changing outfits at the last minute, but I’m really glad I didn’t because it looked awesome in photos.

It does look kind of like a wedding or prom dress, so it’s definitely more of a special event type of summer dress.

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Dress: SheIn | Wedges: Michael Kors (similar here

South Pond Farms in Pontypool, Ontario | wedding venues near Kawartha Lakes | rustic farmhouse venue near Toronto | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog
South Pond Farms in Pontypool, Ontario | wedding venues near Kawartha Lakes | rustic farmhouse venue near Toronto | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog
South Pond Farms in Pontypool, Ontario | wedding venues near Kawartha Lakes | rustic farmhouse venue near Toronto | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog

Have you visited South Pond Farms before? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

For more information, please visit South Pond Farms’ website.

If you’re looking for more day trip ideas in Ontario, here are some other posts to give you some inspiration:

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Tori Dunlap

Thursday 22nd of June 2017

Such gorgeous photos! Everything looks so Pinterest-worthy (and that food!)

Tori || Victori Media https://www.victorimedia.com

Bella Bucchiotti

Wednesday 21st of June 2017

Southern Ontario is so beautiful with all the farms and old buildings. Love it there. Your dress is so beautiful!

Chelsea Jacobs

Wednesday 21st of June 2017

Your dress is SO gorgeous!!

alexisreliford

Wednesday 21st of June 2017

Everything here looks amazing, but I'm especially loving that strawberry shortcake. Haha!

Greta Hollar

Wednesday 21st of June 2017

This is such a lovely venue. I'd love to get married here!

Greta | www.gretahollar.com