Casa Loma – Dressed for Christmas

You can say that this is the Toronto Castle.At least that’s how Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, a prominent Toronto financier, industrialist and military man envisioned it when in 1911 he started putting to reality his dream.

The construction of the building took nearly three years  and cost $3,500,000 at the time.But in this case money came associated with a great passion for detail, the desire to have in the house the latest conveniences and the obvious goal to use this house not only to live but also to entertain guests.

At this time of the year the castle is elaborately decorated for the Christmas season.And that’s the perspective I want to give you today.

As soon as you enter  you see the Great Hall on top of wich you can see the Pipe Organ. To your right you have probably the most luxurious room of the house, The Oak Room. The Oak panels were so beautiful that they were exhibited at the Musée des Beaux Arts in Montreal prior to their installation at Casa Loma.

The Oak Room

Detail of the panels

In this floor among other things you have the Conservatory wich at this time of the year is used for Storybook Magic. This weekend was Peter Pan the story being read.

Still regarding seasonal events at this time of the year the Billiard Room is transformed in Santa Claus Room where you can visit Santa and the toys or even take a picture with him.

But just beside the Conservatory you have the Serving Room where Sir Henry and Lady Pellatt used to have their intimate dinner.

Serving Room

Continuing in this more intimate feeling upstairs there are the rooms.Guests would be accommodated in the Windsor Room with its Venetian Bed or another suite such as the guest suite that compliments Sir Henry’s collection of lacquered Oriental furnishings.

Windsor Room

Guest Suite

Let’s then proceed to the main Suites.

Sir Henry’s Suite

From Sir Henry’s Suite you have a direct view to the Great Hall and the  Pipe Organ.

View from Sir Henry’s Suite

Lady Pellatt’s Suite is beautiful.That is really the only thing that occurs to me to say.

Lady Pellatt’s Suite

These are just the Christmas Decorations and some of the main rooms. There is much more to talk about and I’ll do it someday because I intend to return there in Summer to see the gardens, the tunnel, the stables and participate in other activities such as Archery, and generally have a wonderful day.

I didn’t get a good picture of the big tree on the Great Hall because there were so many people there but I’ll show what I have . And to finish another Christmas tree in a corner that has some interesting decorations.

Hope you enjoyed the little tour.


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kari
    Dec 15, 2009 @ 00:21:54

    Nurmisur, my gosh, what a gorgeous place. It looks like the house and furnishings have been kept up in impeccable condition, and that’s wonderful that many of the rooms are still in use for public functions.

    Thank you for your kind comment welcoming me back! It’s good to be home, though catching up on what I missed *and* preparing for Christmas has kept life a little crazy.

    Is the weather any warmer for you this week? Hope so – it sounds like it was just *frigid* last week!


    • nurmisur
      Dec 15, 2009 @ 22:21:10

      Kari- You’re most welcome. It’s good to have you back and we know this time of the year is crazy.
      The weather here is getting more *frigid* by the minute, that’s Canadian Winter 😉


  2. Jane
    Dec 15, 2009 @ 02:45:54

    What fabulous pictures. I love the Christmas tree in the bedroom.


    • nurmisur
      Dec 15, 2009 @ 22:25:23

      Jane- The one in Sir Henry’s room? I guess that tree and decoration are the ones that have the more impact.


  3. Sher
    Dec 15, 2009 @ 13:28:13

    Beautiful! I love going to these old mansions. Love the lush fabrics and furnishings along with all the molding details. I always try to use a bit of those ideas in my own home.


  4. Kacie
    Dec 15, 2009 @ 23:19:52

    That castle is stunning! Can you imagine living there? I would love to take a tour someday, but for now, your great photos will suffice 🙂


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