This is an exceptional country inn situated in the surprising tranquility of Victoria's Rockland area. (Victoria, it goes without saying, is one of Canada's prettiest cities!) No "Victorian" kitsch here. Everything is carefully chosen, yet simple and elegant in design. Modern furnishings blend with the antique and the garden is astonishing. We had the ground floor room, which, like the other three rooms, is really like a suite. The attention to detail is manifest: flowers (hyacinths, daffodils) growing in the bathroom, candles in sconces, scented soaps, a fireplace in our room, sherry and chocolates in the library (where there are lots of books too, even a volume of Horace's carmina for this Latin teacher!) et cetera, et cetera! And in the morning, a delightfully inventive four-course breakfast in the aptly named "Orangerie". Liam, our host, certainly deserves kudos for giving us one of the best non-hotel hotel experiences of our travels--and we have travelled extensively in France and Italy. Stay here and pine later as you reminisce...
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- A leisurely game of bocce, a glass of amarone, a stroll past the reflecting pool of an Italian Renaissance garden, a massage in a romantic penthouse spa. Tuscany or Umbria perhaps? In fact, the exotic Villa Marco Polo, one of Victoria's most sumptuous inns, is located in Victoria's elegant Rockland quarter. This classically designed Victoria Inn, built in 1923 as a gift to a young bride, remains a favourite romantic getaway and wedding venue. ... more less
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