Thursday, July 14, 2016

Roughing It

Happy Bastille Day to readers in France!

I stopped at a place for Doors Open which will serve as my final two posts for the series. It was on the Saturday, so the weather was fine. The grounds had lovely flower beds and a beautiful view of the Ottawa River and Gatineau on the far side.


This property is Earnscliffe, the official residence of the British High Commissioner since the 1930s. The history of the building dates back to 1855, and was the last home of Prime Minister John A. Macdonald.

27 comments:

  1. Beautiful series, William! We have a street named Earnscliffe here in Montreal, and there was even a convenience store with the same name at some point.

    ReplyDelete
  2. The house is a National Historic Site of Canada, it is true?.

    Tomás.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Nice surroundings and sculptures.

    ReplyDelete
  4. It is a beautiful structure; the gardens are exquisite and what a view!!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. @Linda: that I didn't know.

    @Tomas: yes, I expect so. There are plaques about it at one of the doors, and given its history, that can be expected.

    @WW: it does!

    @Marianne: it is a property well kept up.

    @Lowell: definitely!

    ReplyDelete
  6. A well appointed estate and those puffy clouds make it even more attractive!

    Janis
    GDP

    ReplyDelete
  7. Very attractive estate and sculptures.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Seems an idyllic Summer, William

    ReplyDelete
  9. The gardens are truly spectacular!

    ReplyDelete
  10. looks gorgeous & so peaceful. i always wish i could have a water feature, they seem so calming. ( :

    ReplyDelete
  11. @Janis: I agree!

    @Bill: it's a great spot to visit.

    @Cloudia: it has been thus far.

    @Norma: it certainly is.

    @Sharon: the gardeners really tend to the place well.

    @Beth: this one does have that effect, yes.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Amazing gardens---very Englishy--(?). Very beautiful
    MB

    ReplyDelete
  13. Earnscliff is a familiar name even to westerners.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Lovely gardens. And thanks for reminding me about Bastille day

    ReplyDelete
  15. I love the hostas, but that little peeing imp! sigh.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Quite pretty with its English garden!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Wonderful garden to stay for a while.

    ReplyDelete
  18. @MB: well, the British do love their gardens!

    @Red: it's a wonderful property to come see.

    @Mo: you're welcome.

    @Jennifer: actually I think it's pouring water from a vessel, though I can see why it looks that way!

    @RedPat: it definitely is.

    @Jan: yes, it feels like a comfortable place, inside and out. You'll have to take my word for it on the inside though.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Imagine living in a home like that when the houses of most people were quite small. The grounds are fantastic.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Some serious arms on that woodland statuary. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  21. Lovely place! I think you were there last year, too, weren't you? It's certainly worth visiting whenever the opportunity arises.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Beautiful setting and a very large and imposing place to live in. Glad the weather cooperated for your visit.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Earnscliffe sounds so English, perfect for the British Embassy William 😃

    ReplyDelete
  24. @Mari: it was a fitting home for a prime minister. I like that his room has been largely kept in the same fashion.

    @Revrunner: definitely!

    @Kay: yes, I was here last year. And since this is generally the only time the public can pay a visit, it was well worth a return trip.

    @Beatrice: the first day of Doors Open was pleasant weather. Not so much the second day!

    @Grace: it's a good name for the place.

    ReplyDelete
  25. I always appreciate the historical info you include with many of your photos.

    ReplyDelete