June 28th, 2017
Last week on my trip to Victoria, BC (on Vancouver island) I toured a real life castle: Craigdarroch. The Scottish Dunsmuir family (Robert and Joan with two sons and eight daughters) lived here. I took several pictures, but here are only a few:
The outside of the castle, viewing the back side.
One of the many bedrooms.
View from the highest tower, looking down at the four floors below through the grand staircase.
From the highest tower room, you can look through the many narrow windows that encircle the tower. Here is a view to the right. This tower is in the front of the castle.
Afternoon tea and snacks. And a fabulous peacock.
The game room. After the Dunsmuirs lived here, the castle was turned into a hospital during the war. This room was one of the wards.
One of the parlors. There were several pianos throughout the castle.
Soooo many fireplaces! This must’ve been a good thing in the wintertime before electricity was used to heat the home!
One of my favorite rooms: the library. After the castle was a residence, it was hospital, then a college, and a music conservatory.
If you want to learn more about the castle and see a bit more, visit the official website here.