Hatley Castle: History plus a touch of movie magic...

Hatley Castle

Just outside of Victoria, British Columbia, perched on a hill with a picturesque view of the ocean, lies an enchanting castle that resembles the grand manor houses of England. This historic gem is a must-see for anyone visiting South Vancouver Island.Canadian designer Diane Kennedy wearing  a Cherry Velvet dressDesigned by Victorian architect Samuel Maclure, this captivating structure was completed in 1908 and is a popular location for fairytale weddings. An impressive list of feature shows and movies were filmed here. You may recognize it for it's repeated role as Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters in the X-Men franchise, including Deadpool films, starring Vancouver-born actor Ryan Reynolds.

Cherry Velvet designer Diane Kennedy

During a recent romantic getaway, Diane and her partner Stephen seized the opportunity to explore the castle just before it was due to be featured in another movie. The timing couldn't have been more perfect!

Canadian designer Diane Kennedy wearing  a Cherry Velvet dressDiane wore our new 'Bewitching Bindings' Doris dress for many fantastic photo opportunities around the castle and grounds.
peacock at Hatley Castle

The air was filled with the sweet scent of blooming wisteria, and elegant peacocks were prancing around proudly, adding to the magical ambiance. 

While the castle itself was stunning, the surrounding gardens were even more so. There is an Italian garden, a summer perennial border, and further beyond an exquisite Japanese garden.

Canadian designer Diane Kennedy wearing  a Cherry Velvet dress
Japanese Garden at Hatley Castle

There's a charming little bridge and a covered porch overlooking the lake. The trees, rhododendrons, and Japanese candelabra primroses were all in full bloom, and there was even a Mother Goose with her little ones. It's an experience you won't want to miss!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Little bridge over the pond at Hatley Castle gardens


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