Who We Are

“Rustic elegance that you will not find anywhere else…”     -Leslie Heimer

“The bucolic farm setting is phenomenal…”   -Frank Anderson

Steeped in rich Florida heritage.

Whippoorwills is located at the headquarters of Waters Cattle Company, a multi-county ranching operation that dates back almost 200 years and is steeped in rich Florida heritage. The distant calls of the Whippoorwill invites visitors to connect to their roots. Come experience the charm and elegance of our historical ranch, while celebrating your special event. Our plantation ruins are sure to charm you and your guests as you enjoy everything fresh from Florida, here at Whippoorwills.


601 Old Lake Wales Road
Bartow, Florida


(863) 698-3163

Ceremony Locations

Outdoor Chapel

Outdoor Chapel

Our outdoor chapel offers an organic, intimate atmosphere for your ceremony. Large trees enveloped in Spanish Moss canopy above 16 handcrafted wooden benches that seat up to 160 guests. This rustic location is perfect for the couple who loves Florida's natural scenery.

Elegant Fireplace

Elegant Fireplace

Our patio offers an elegant, charming fireplace backdrop for a stunning ceremony. Surrounded by a half-wall of brick and 6 stately white torches, this spot seats over 250 guests comfortably and is perfect for large events. The large oak trees towering above create a breathtaking scene. This location can be used for your ceremony, reception, or even cocktail hour.

Fallen Oak

Fallen Oak

Our Fallen Oak Tree was blown down many years ago during Hurricane Charley. Even though its roots are exposed, it has continued to grow and thrive. The large wooden cross is a beautiful altar for faith-filled ceremonies, and can fit as many guests as needed by setting up chairs. This ethereal setting is magnificent in photos.

Reception Locations

Open-Air Barn

Open-Air Barn

With a background in forestry, we built this barn using real tree trunks for support, which brings such a unique element to every event held here. It is large enough to comfortably seat 160+ guests at 20 (60-inch) round tables included in your rental. We've hung Edison style string lights and delicate chandeliers overhead, as well as eye-catching white drapery (Not pictured).There is also a built in rustic bar made of tree trunks and topped with granite. Across from the bar are two wooden tables supported by whiskey barrels. The barn is fully wired with outlets and a television to display photos and videos.

The Patio

The Patio

Featuring a grand fireplace, 6 stately torches, and a white pergola upgraded with a beautiful chandelier, this space is large enough to accommodate 20 (60-inch) round tables included in your rental.
Our brides enjoy decorating this space in new and creative ways, as well as having an exciting send off around the pergola at the end of the night! The string lights running through the oak trees above make nights on the patio so enjoyable, especially when the torches and fireplace are lit. Impress your guests with a reception on The Patio.

Included in your rental...

We are honored when you choose our venue for your special event.  Included in your rental is:

-(20) 60 inch round tables

-160 chairs

-Air conditioned men and women’s restrooms

-Use of the bridal suite for the girls to get ready

-Use of our pole barn which comfortably seats 160+

-Use of the fireplace, column torches and patio that will sit 250+

-Use of the outdoor chapel that will sit 160+

-Ability to bring in the vendors of your choice

-Event insurance