This article was published on October 28th, 2012
A trip to Victoria, BC is like taking a step back in time. All across the city there are signs of their proud Victorian history, including horse-drawn carriage rides, wonderful rose gardens, red double-decker busses, cobblestone walk-ways, brick and stone heritage buildings, beautiful and beautiful Victorian homes.
One such Victorian home, the Gatsby Mansion, has been converted to a lovely Inn. Located at Bellville Park, the traditional 19th century home overlooks the Victoria harbour and captures all the charm and splendor of the era.
The outside remains true to its heritage with traditional English gardens, cobblestone pathways and ponds, and a white picket fence.
Inside there are elegant crystal chandeliers, stunning stained-glass windows, hand-crafted wooden handrails, and wonderful pieces of antique furniture. The Victorian-style rooms have modern conveniences including ensuite bathrooms, cable TV, coffee makers and twin or queen size beds. The largest suite offers a king size bed and overlooks the harbour.
On site there are two restaurants. Just down the street are the BC Legislature Buildings, Ogden Point, Beacon Hill Park and many other major visitor attractions.