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A rare and fine example in Canada of Italianate villa architecture, Bellevue was home to Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister. Today, the house is a national historic site, commemorating Macdonald's contribution to the development of Canada. Bel example rare au Canada de villa de style italianisant, Bellevue a été la demeure de sir John A. Macdonald, premier des premiers... more
Worthwhile, quaint Italian style architecture, period furniture that is original. People in costumes to reflect the 1800's in Upper Canada. Makes you appreciate modern day appliances and bright open concept living areas as this house was extremely dark and made me feel clausterphobic. Too many small rooms with clutter but that was Victorian living I guess that's what they liked.
A neat tour that gives a video presentation then a tour of the villa. There are manicured / preserved grounds on site with heirloom and historical significance as well for the region so we enjoyed that. We enjoyed the visit in August when everything is in full bloom and there are full summer staff working in the house and the... more