In Victoria, BC, we went to two castles, Craigdarroch and Hatley. Hatley Castle was built by the son of the man who built Craigdarroch.
Craigdarroch was not what I expected. When we first drove in, though the street was named "Craigdarroch" I was quite sure we were lost. Why? Because it's smack dab in the middle of a residential area! It's really odd to "behold a castle"--my first, to-- with two normal sized houses right next to it. :)
Though the size seemed closer to a nice Edwardian house than to a castle, something about it seems a tad more regal than houses I've toured with my family. I think it was the stained glass windows and towers.This pic I found doesn't do it the justice.
The "grand entrance" was very small..... but look up, and you'll see this:
The gold purse on display in the library. A lot of the furnishings and most of the stuff displayed were from other houses (they were sold yearrrsss ago) but this is Mrs. Dunsmuir's actual gold purse.
Guess what this is? HUMAN hair! They used to collect locks of each other's hair and do this. It's kinda gross-looking, I gotta say....
This is what I loved most about the house: the Briar Rose stained glass for the tower. I LOVE Briar Roses. :)
Part two coming soon!!!