Friday, July 15, 2016


Here are some more shots from around Earnscliffe. The manor, which got its start at the hands of Thomas McKay, a businessman whose legacy looms large here, ended up in the hands of Prime Minister Macdonald in 1883 when he bought it. Macdonald died here on the 6th of June, 1891- a fact noted by a volunteer inside, given that the following Monday marked the 125th anniversary of his passing. The British government purchased it in 1930 and it has served as a home for the top diplomat from the UK ever since. As you can imagine, it's quite popular for Doors Open visitors, though photography inside is not allowed.

This brings to an end my Doors Open series for this year. I hope you have enjoyed it.


  1. Lovely manor! I do like your Open Doors tours.

  2. Its a beautiful place indeed, and a beautiful day too :)

  3. Yes I have enjoyed it and thank you very much, William.


  4. Thanks for more photos of this building, William. It's a pity that no indoor photos were allowed, but understandable as well.

  5. @Linda: thanks!

    @Siddhartha: it was a pleasant day.

    @Tomas: you're welcome.

    @Mike: diplomacy is a lot of responsibility.

    @Bill: it really is.

    @Marianne: and it does feel like a home inside.

    @Beatrice: quite understandable, but very kind of the do this on a regular basis.

  6. Earncliffe is lovely piece of architecture William, I can just imagine how gorgeous it is inside!

  7. Could be from a previous century. So tranquil.


  8. I've enjoyed the doors open series. Well known public buildings that are closed become very interesting.

  9. Quite the manse. Would like to see inside too

  10. @Grace: it is very inviting.

    @Sharon: it certainly is.

    @Janis: it's a lovely place to see.

    @Red: it's a wonderful concept, and it works well here after fifteen years.

    @Norma: it is, yes.

    @MB: if only!

  11. Beautiful looking place. The Doors Open series was great to see and a big thanks to you for showing us it.

  12. It is a really beautiful place!

  13. I wouldn't know how to live in such a gorgeous place. Love that stone! And the flora that surrounds it!

  14. it's beautiful...i love those stone houses!

  15. very story book like. love that gingerbread look at the top. nice!! i am always sorry when this series ends here on your blog. one of my most fave!! can't wait until next year. ( :

  16. It look pretty impressive from the outside, I love the white brick. Indoor photos of these places are a real challenge anyway. A lot of people just don't want flash photography.

  17. Beautiful! They have owned it for a long time!

  18. @Bill: you're welcome!

    @Linda: that it is.

    @Lowell: it's well cared for.

    @Tanya: this one's a real beauty indeed.

    @Beth: I love this event. It's such a good way to get to know one's city, or in some cases here in Ontario, one's town. And it really brings people out.

    @Jeanna: true. I rarely use the flash on cameras anyway.

    @RedPat: they certainly have had it for a good long while. It's a great location.

  19. What a great, beautiful and fantastic building!
    The garden looks pretty too.
    GOD HELG :-)

  20. Such wonderful eaves and windows. They really add a lot.

  21. What a spectacular place - well worth visiting whenever it's welcomed. Doors Open is a terrific event. It's so nice to see such interesting places.

  22. Oh I would love to tour this one too..

  23. The woodwork inside must be amazing.

  24. A bunch of nice buildings you've shown us!

  25. Wonderful place to finish this year's edition of Doors Open.
    I have enjoyed several of your visits.

  26. Certainly is beautiful and large. I never can understand the prohibition of photos, esp if no flash is used!

  27. I do love your series.
    My mom's friends own a house McDonald lived in when in university. They' made it into a museum.
    photos here. Their dear friend, Brian, portrays him at all sorts of event.

  28. @Gunn: thanks!

    @Revrunner: they do, yes.

    @Kay: it's a concept that works well here in Ontario.

    @Janey: a lot of people were in and out. It makes me wonder what the family does all day while this is going on.

    @Mari: it was, yes.

    @Furry Gnome: always a pleasure to do so.

    @Jan: thank you!

    @Kate: I think in this case, the consensus was that it's the home of a family, so from their point of view, no interior photography is reasonable.

    @Jennifer: I've no doubt seen him at some event or another.

  29. I too like your open door tours as well.