November 15, 2007 – Victoria’s Edwardian Castle With Magnolia’s Royal Treatment
(Victoria, British Columbia) — Hatley Castle and the only surviving Edwardian Estate in Canada, are nestled on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, just 25 minutes from downtown Victoria and the Magnolia Hotel & Spa. The four-diamond, European-style luxury boutique hotel treats guests like royalty and the Magnolia’s new fall Historical Package includes admission to Hatley Park and Castle, with a guided tour, and the book that reveals insights into the Dunsmuir family that built them.
At the Magnolia Hotel & Spa, floor to ceiling windows bathe the European elegance in natural light, perfect to read by. The furniture exemplifies timeless stylishness; a sumptuous two-poster bed welcome guests into a relaxing haven. The opulent bathrooms feature a glass walk-in shower and separate deep soaker tub for the ultimate in bathing and relaxation. Aveda™ creams, soaps, balms, shampoos and conditioners are provided to pamper.
Coal baron James Dunsmuir, a former British Columbia Premier, built Hatley Castle. The 40-room mansion, designed by noted architect Samuel Maclure, is open 10am - 5pm. The gardens which include the original Italian Garden adjacent to the Castle, the elaborate Japanese Garden designed by the renowned landscape artist Isaburo Kishida, the Rose Garden and over 400 acres of old growth trees and wild flowers, are open Mon-Fri 10am - 4:30pm, and Sat-Sun 10am - 3:45pm. Since 1995 the estate has been home to Royal Roads University. The university's interpretive staff offer guided tours of the castle, and museum hosts welcome guests to enjoy the military and Dunsmuir histories through the exhibits, including many original artifacts from the days when the Dunsmuir’s lived an elegant life.
This Package is a perfect reward for a special person, or as a unique gift. A deluxe continental breakfast, parking, admission to the Hatley Park and Castle with a guided tour, and the book “The Dunsmuir Saga” are included with a Superior room priced from $199.
The Magnolia Hotel & Spa’s outstanding personalized service and attention to detail is guaranteed, with only 64 rooms. Professional, courteous staff has become the unquestioned hallmark of The Magnolia through an uncommon commitment to helpful, responsive and attentive service. Magnolia’s central location and distinctive European luxury boutique style caters to all guests, especially those seeking a peaceful retreat.
This package is no longer available.