Category: gardens

CHATEAU DE BIRON 

CHATEAU DE BIRON 

CHATEAU DE BIRON 

CHATEAU DE BIRON 

Muenster-schloss-nordkirchen

Muenster-schloss-nordkirchen

Glamis castle

Glamis castle

Château de Bourdeille

Château de Bourdeille

Hatley Castle

Hatley Castle is located in Victoria on Vancouver Island in
British Columbia, Canada. Prominent architect Samuel Maclure built the
Elizabethan-style castle in 1910 for James and Laura Dunsmuir. James wanted the
exterior to resemble a medieval castle, while Laura wanted the interior to
resemble a Government House. The Castle took 18 months to build and features a
Norman tower and two Tudor-revival wings. In 1910, the castle was the largest
private residence on the west coast. The castle has a Porte-cochère entry,
which provides access for a horse and carriage, while protecting guests from
the weather. The Grand Hall boasts half paneled walls, vaulted ceilings, and
pointed arches. There are seven fireplaces located on the main floor, while the
Greek Revival drawing room is a whopping 1200 square feet with 16 foot
ceilings. There’s a terrace that overlooks the Olympic Mountains, the Esquimalt
Lagoon, the Straits of Juan de Fuca, and the beauty of the grounds and gardens.
The Hatley Park National Historic Site boasts Japanese, Rose, and Italian
gardens. The Italian Garden is the most formal and is attached to the castle by
a surrounding wall, while the Japanese Garden is considered tranquil and is
bordered by a lake. Hatley Castle is open to the public and serves as a museum
and the administration center for the Royal Roads University.