Sunday, July 9, 2017

Paying A Visit To Earnscliffe

I am finishing my Doors Open series with two posts from Earnscliffe, a place steeped in Canadian history. This was the final home of our first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, his wife Agnes, and their family. Today it is the official residence of the High Commissioner of the United Kingdom. 


This red phone box was just inside the gate. So too was the classic car. 


Approaching the house itself, one passes by the gardens, which are very well tended.


The house was first built in 1855, with additions and modifications by subsequent owners. In 1883 it came to be purchased by Sir John. The Victorian manor occupies a prime place on the cliffs overlooking the Ottawa River, and a prominent place along Sussex Drive. It was a surprise to see a Sir John re-enactor on the premises- though this one had facial hair!

26 comments:

  1. I love those red phone booths. And the car is a real beauty. If the grounds are any indication the home must be beautiful.

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  2. Love the classic car. Beautiful garden and beautiful house. Have a fabulous weekend!

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  3. The house and the garden are a wonderful combination.
    The classic car and the phone box are a nice bonus in this series, I think.

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  4. Wonderful building and beautiful garden.I love the red phone booth.

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  5. i wanna make a phone call please. love the fencing. nice!! ( ;

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  6. ...I love the Gothic trim on the house.

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  7. @Kay: it certainly is!

    @Nancy: thank you!

    @Jan: it's a great place to visit.

    @Orvokki: so do I.

    @Beth: thanks!

    @Tom: me too.

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  8. I like the car :-) Pretty captures.

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  9. Location, location on this one. It's on a cliff with a super view and large garden. Add all the history and Ernescliff is extremely interesting.

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  10. The red phone box stands out, is it still in use?

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  11. The High Commissioner certainly has a spectacular place to live.

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  12. Beautiful house in a beautiful setting. I'm glad such places are so well kept.

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  13. Gorgeous series, William! I love everything here! And the red phone box...we actually have one here in Montreal as well! It is situation in the Town of Mount Royal! I hope you had a great weekend, dear friend. I really enjoyed this post!

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  14. Earnscliff has a distinctly English look to it William, somehow it just seems so perfect for the English High Commissioner!

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  15. It would be wonderful to visit the house and make a walk in the gardens afterwards. The car is a treasure!

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  16. It looks like it was a popular place to visit!

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  17. When I moved to the wee town in country first year. A red telephone . And a old store looking out the window. Then a year later it was gone and replaced with government mailboxes and the store became the Art Hive. Now the art hive has bee resold. The owner Aaron now is the main head artist of the University Of Haliburton.

    I sure like that car. Enjoyed all the other features you took.

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  18. @Klara: it was a beauiitful car!

    @Red: it is a wonder to visit.

    @Karl: just for photo ops!

    @Sharon: indeed!

    @Maywyn: it is well looked after.

    @Linda: it has been a good weekend.

    @Grace: true!

    @Marleen: it is a wonder to visit.

    @RedPat: it was popular.

    @Carolann: thank you!

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  19. I love the red phone box! The garden looks beautiful. It does look very well taken care of :)

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  20. Thanks for showing usu around Canada's treasure and history, William

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  21. The iconic red phone box really situates the photo! Happy Sunday.
    Janis
    GDP

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  22. How very interesting. I've never been!

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  23. Gotta love open doors tours!

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  24. @Tamago: it is quite a place.

    @Cloudia: you're welcome!

    @Janis: it does indeed.

    @Jennifer: I recommend coming into the city for Doors Open next year.

    @Linda: it is a successful program here across the province, in big cities and small towns. I recommend making the suggestion in your area with heritage groups.

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  25. At least they let you photograph the classic vehicle!

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