I had mentioned Hatley Castle as a possible destination to Mr. HB and he agreed.
Hatley Castle was commissioned by the wealthy entrepreneur James Dunsmuir and was completed in 1908.
The links here will give you all the details that you might want to know.
I took over 100 pictures and have whittled them down to just a few.
I hope that you enjoy your virtual tour!
look at the details in this downspout!
Granite is used extensively in the construction.
The grounds are beautiful.
Views of the ocean beyond the terrace.
The Italian Garden
Formal plantings and a traditional layout.
A very gnarled old wisteria.
a massive trunk!
I have seen the mauve wisteria blooming in the summer
not only is it stunningly beautiful
the scent is intoxicating!
The garden is showing off her great "bones"
when the flowers and trees are in bloom it is a riot of colour, scent and breathtaking in it's beauty.
Weddings are very popular here and you can see that the architecture and grounds are perfect for staging photos.
I can visualize and bride and groom standing in this spot.
The terrace is to the left of this figure, the croquet lawn below
ocean beyond in the distance.
The Japanese Garden is exquisite...
The water features play a big role in this part of the garden.
Lush green grass rims the wee path that snakes along the water's edge.
A pair of Mallard ducks are visible to the right of the bronze heron sculpture.
These are fish ladders that allow fish to go from the lake to the large pond.
You can see how the ladder works here
the fish can swim up and rest above the slat until they get enough energy to make another burst to the next slat.
The moss is such a lovely shade of green.
These smaller water channels were full and the sound of the rushing water was melodic.
Charming bridge one walks over the rivulet of water to the other side.
The arching details are all in keeping with the other Japanese themed structures.
Around the pond the path was made of large stepping stones.
Imagine how peaceful it would be to sit here and relax.
The sun was warm and the pond flat calm.
Mallard ducks were the only things stirring...
The Japanese Garden is heavily planted with rhododendrons and flowering cherry and plum trees.
A future visit will be planned for April or May so that we can see the garden in all it's glory.
Lime Hellebores blooming near the castle foundation.
A view taken from the terrace
the croquet lawn is below the terrace.
I can just imagine an afternoon tea on the terrace!
I will post more Hatley Castle photos soon.
The greenhouse and walled garden among others.
This is as close to Downton Abbey that I have found in our neck of the woods.
What did you think about that season finale?
I wonder what the next season will bring for Lady Mary?
until next time...