Today’s post finds us continuing our new series showcasing the wonderful Hatley Park Castle. As mentioned in yesterday’s post, this castle eventually was purchased by the federal government and has been converted to Royal Roads Military College. Eventually it became a private college, as far as I know, civilians can now take courses at this facility.
This is actually the back of the castle, and it overlooks a wonderful little bay directly on the ocean. Research indicates the house was originally built on land that was very near the actual ocean, the grounds you see here and the gardens we have yet to explore together were all man-made, after the fact.
The stonework is astonishing in this building. The size of the construction crew and the surrounding logistics must have been just simply incredible, even by today’s standards. The castle creates a foreboding presence on the hill as it overlooks the ocean, and it really fills the visitor with a sense of drama and intrigue.
As the stairs meander their way up towards the back entrances to the house, you begin to take in all the elements of architectural interest. As you look skyward, it seems as if the tower goes on forever. Vines cover the side of the home and during the summer the leaves are very green and create a completely contrasting scene to this one. The lamp posts adorn the entire grounds and are beautiful examples of stylings from yesteryear.
As we come upon the landing and begin to take in the facade at level sight, we begin to see the wonderful shape of the windows and doors that adorn this building. The honey colored doors are typical, and we will see more of them as we continue to explore together. This last scene was really something that stood out to us… the size and age of the vines that crawl their way up the castle is absolutely astonishing, and in the context of winter where they exist without leaves, really adds an element of magic and mystique to the entire facility.
We really hope you’re enjoying our continuing series, please stay tuned, we’ve got lot’s more coming! Please feel free to leave a comment, as we always love to hear from our visitors.