Friday, July 17, 2015

Home Of A Prime Minister

Earnscliffe is quite a place to visit. While the work of the High Commission is done at the offices downtown, this is a peaceful place for the head of the British delegation and the family. Interior visits were allowed, though photography was confined to the exterior, but the exterior alone was well worth it.

This statue in the garden drew my attention.


As well as the view of the Ottawa River and Gatineau. It would have been different back in the day when Prime Minister Macdonald lived here. The city on the Quebec side was known as Hull for most of its existence, until amalgamation several years ago of three cities into one. The Macdonald-Cartier Bridge can be glimpsed at the left; I showed it to you the other day in the Rowing Club posts. 


42 comments:

  1. Everything looks so "summer green" and lovely!

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  2. Sorry you couldn't photograph the interior but the house and grounds are gorgeous. What a beautiful place with a spectacular setting!

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  3. What a beautiful house and garden. A perfect place for a long visit.

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  4. It is a beautiful place and I love the lake view.

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  5. A beautiful and I like how that statue is placed in the green...

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  6. She looks rather suspicious to me. I wonder if she was checked by security? :-)

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  7. Beautiful home and surrounds William. I could live there quite happily !!

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  8. What a lovely place to stroll. I love the name Earnscliffe. It sounds so regal!

    Janis
    GDP

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  9. I really like that house and the garde, and it's a wonderful place at the bank of the river.

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  10. That is a very handsome house!
    Jane x

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  11. really pretty! i like the statue in the ferns.

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  12. It looks like a great place to take a stroll.

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  13. John A. had a very elegant house. It's too bad you couldn't take any interior photos.

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  14. @Kate: we've had no shortage of rain thus far!

    @Kay: it was such a pretty place to visit, and I'm glad I went.

    @Debs: it certainly was.

    @Nancy: thank you!

    @VP: it was such a pleasant surprise to see that statue.

    @Revrunner: hah!

    @Dianne: me too!

    @Janis: it was a good name for the place.

    @Hilary: most certainly.

    @Jan: it's got such a great view from there.

    @Jane and Chris: it was well built.

    @Tex: me too.

    @Norma: it was.

    @Red: alas, but the grounds made up for it.

    @Jackie: very much so!

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  15. Lovely place and wonderful view. But In any side must have at least one tower block :)

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  16. Wow that is quite a wonderful place.
    MB

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  17. What do we have here? Just a little summer cottage?

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  18. Quite a home in a magnificent setting.

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  19. Such a beautiful home! I imagine interior is very lovely, too :-)

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  20. @Orvokki: they certainly do have a commanding view of the river.

    @Judy: thanks!

    @MB: it really was.

    @Birdman: a bit more than a cottage!

    @Sharon: the property was such a treat to visit.

    @Tamago: and very much like a home, I thought.

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  21. I coulf get used to living there. ;)

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  22. I could gladly relax there for a while!

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  23. Imagine living there! Wonderful.

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  24. This confirms yesterday's impression. I am falling for this place!!!

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  25. I love those fantastic views and all the green.
    I know the hospital of Hull very well. ;-)

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  26. @EG: me too!

    @RedPat: it seems an ideal space for that.

    @Mo: definitely.

    @Marleen: thanks!

    @Kreig: it certainly is.

    @Ciel: you're not the only one!

    @Halcyon: I figured I should make note of the former name- many Canadians grew up hearing the name Hull across from Ottawa; now it's noted in local news when they refer to something happening in the Hull sector of the city.

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  27. The statues in the garden would draw my attention too. Looks like a lovely place.

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  28. Very lovely house William and I like the statue in the garden. What always strikes me about Ottawa though is the fabulous views of the river that you find for your pictures..

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  29. Grand old house and marvelous gardens.

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  30. The grounds of this beautiful building are magnificent.

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  31. @Denise: it definitely was.

    @Geoff: both cities in fact are cities of rivers- we're split by the Ottawa River, and here in Ottawa we've got the Rideau River (and the Canal) joining it. Gatineau has the Gatineau River emerging near the same area.

    @Beth: it did catch my eye.

    @Mari: thank you!

    @Karl: it certainly is.

    @Gemma: I did think so too.

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  32. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

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  33. That's too bad about the inside pictures.

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  34. Clarity is wonderful and the greenery. Magnificent. # 1 Wow!

    And the statues particular stand out with the ferns..

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