A Castle on the Island – A Nancy Drew Moment

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:

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The outside of the castle, viewing the back side.

Nancy Drew Mystery Adventure Games travel moment

One of the many bedrooms.

Nancy Drew Mystery Adventure Games travel moment

View from the highest tower, looking down at the four floors below through the grand staircase.

Nancy Drew Mystery Adventure Games travel moment

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.

Nancy Drew Mystery Adventure Games travel moment

Afternoon tea and snacks. And a fabulous peacock.

Nancy Drew Mystery Adventure Games travel moment

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.

Nancy Drew Mystery Adventure Games travel moment

One of the parlors. There were several pianos throughout the castle.

Nancy Drew Mystery Adventure Games travel moment

Soooo many fireplaces! This must’ve been a good thing in the wintertime before electricity was used to heat the home!

Nancy Drew Mystery Adventure Games travel moment

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.

-Little Jackalope

22 responses to “A Castle on the Island – A Nancy Drew Moment”

  1. Huw Miller says:

    That castle is really neat.

  2. Clara Bow says:

    What a load of garbage. Quit doing stupid things like this and RELEASE ANOTHER GAME. Fire your marketing person – he or she is POINTLESS if you don’t have a product to release, and hire another programmer. You people have RUINED the Nancy Drew series. You ought to be ashamed.

    • ??????? says:

      It is not garbage it is facanating to learn about the castle YOU ought be ashamed of saying that they have ruined the Nancy Drew series they put these posts on the blog because they don’t have anything to share at this time of the game so go find another game company we fans don’t want you here and Nancy Drew will never be ruined!!!

    • Esther says:

      Okay… while I wish they would release the game or at least give us information about it, there is no reason to be rude about it. A lot of us are frustrated, myself included. marketing is not just responsible for releasing info on the new games, but also for putting the old games out there as well. I think the company has made some unwise decisions and that is what is keeping the game from being released. That is my opinion though.

      • Sarah says:

        I think you’re spot on here Esther. We’re all anxiously awaiting the next game, but being rude doesn’t solve anything. Especially not to LJ and the other marketing people – they have no control over how long the game takes or doesn’t take. Don’t shoot the messenger…

    • Andriu says:

      This comment certainly is way too hard, but I have to admit, that I get increasingly frustrated as well with the more or less “no info politics” HER is using right now. 🙁

      • Esther says:

        Agreed Andrui. I wish HER would release something. Be it a release date or a screenshot of progress. I know they have a small team but surely they would have made some progress with the new game engine by now. I also wish they had just continued making MID with the old engine, so while the hype for the new game was still up they would figure out the new engine.

        • Esther says:

          Didn’t word they correctly. I meant if they released MID with the old engine then they could figure out the new one.

        • Marian says:

          If MID is even being worked on at all (which I think is highly doubtful), it is not being worked on by the small group at HeR Interactive. The game is being outsourced – meaning worked on by some other people in the United States/overseas.

    • Sophia K. R. A. says:

      Wow Clara Bow. Maybe you yourself should try making a video game if you think it’s so easy.


    • Sophia K. R. A. says:

      I mean honestly. How do you expect your rude comment to help? Just use your common sense please.

    • Gnillet (the real one) says:

      I don’t understand. Why do my comments keep disappearing? What did I say that was wrong?

      • Little Jackalope says:

        Hello again Gnillet. All comments go through a queue and are moderated before appearing live on the blog post. If you don’t see your comment, it could be on a different blog post, still in queue, or deleted. Most often it is still in queue waiting until I have time and/or a proper/accurate response for them.

        • Gnillet (the real one) says:

          Thanks, that explains a lot. Good to know!

        • Gnillet (the real one) says:

          Um, but it’s been a week and it’s still missing? This is the one I’m talking about:

          I completely understand where you’re coming from. This whole thing with MID is past the point of being ridiculous. And I’m sure you don’t need another person to tell you “have patience!” or “no need to be so harsh!” I get it. Patience is not the issue here, and your real frustration is with the higher-ups at HeR. I’m not sure if you’re aware, but marketing likely has so say in what they can or cannot share about MID. It is unfair to blame them when they have no control over the matter.
          What I’m curious about is whether the higher-ups at her see these comments here on the blog and social media. You’d think that if they knew how frustrated fans are, they’d do something about it. I seriously don’t even know what’s going on anymore. One minute, Lani Minella is leaving, then MID is being delayed, Codes and Clues takes priority, MID is being outsourced . . . and still no substantial update in 2 years. All I can do is hope this nightmare with MID will be over soon.

  3. Esther says:

    BTW LJ that castle is beautiful. I’ve been to a few castles as well all beautiful.

  4. Will says:

    I actually was able to take a tour of a historical castle sometime ago when I was quite a bit younger! I wasn’t able to appreciate it at the time as much I would now, but I think I remember them talking about secret passages! 😉

    • Little Jackalope says:

      Secret passages? Sounds awesome! I think the only passage I noticed was the dumb waiter… 😛

  5. Em says:

    I am so jealous.

  6. Nikki says:

    Wow!!! Don’t listen to scary Clara, Little Jackalope, you don’t deserve the heat for this! She needs to just do what I do and play the games she has over and over 80 times and enjoy the thrill of rediscovery, lol. Many people have lost faith that MID will ever come out, but I saw an update from a while back that says they are working on it and it will definitely be released at some point. The ones I’m mad at are the “fans” that complained about longer game play and graphics and all that junk that none of us other real fans care about. I’m not even sad about the new voice actress anymore, I know you guys are doing your best. 🙂

  7. Tony Tripucka says:

    LJ, do you know is Penny still there? I would assume that the investors are growing restless, as the company seems to have stalled.. Is her change in direction what has derailed the company?

    • Little Jackalope says:

      Hello Tony, the company is not derailed, nor are we stalled. There are things happening behind the scenes that I can’t share with you at this time, but perhaps in the future.

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