Willowdale Estate and Briar Barn Inn
Briar Forsythe is a seasoned hospitality veteran and owner of Bramble Hospitality. Briar established Bramble Hospitality in 2017 with a dedication to great food, beautiful surroundings, and exceptional service. For over a decade Briar has been operating the award-winning Willowdale Estate, one of the most sought-after wedding and events venues in the area. In 2019 Bramble Hospitality introduced a second property, Briar Barn Inn.
After college, Briar began her career in hospitality as she joined the opening team for The Mary Prentiss Inn, a bed and breakfast in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Here, Briar learned the importance of establishing a personal relationship with guests and developed a knack for making each guest’s stay unique. Briar went on to play a crucial role in her family’s next venture, The Kendall Hotel in Kendall Square. At the Kendall Hotel she led the restaurant operations, including building a team of well-rounded and successful employees. Briar’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to open a hospitality-driven event and wedding destination at the historic Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts, combining her skills in the inn and hotel business. Willowdale Estate now offers the unpretentious elegance of an authentic country manor with the services of a full-service caterer, marked by impeccable hospitality and personalized service. For over ten years Briar Forsythe has dreamt of owning a property with a full-service restaurant, inn and spa, all while maintaining premier hospitality at the heart of the business. Briar’s vision became a reality with the opening of Briar Barn Inn in 2019.
With a passion for event planning, cooking, and the arts, Briar enjoys spending time in New York City and immersing herself in the culture of ballet, opera, and theater. When she isn’t operating the Inn and Estate, Briar is studying voice, piano, and painting.