This 2.8-acre estate and historic mansion is a showplace of local history, but it keeps short hours and it wasn’t open when I came to see it with $8.50 plus GST at the ready for a ticket. After checking whether the restaurant might be open for morning tea and scones, I contented myself with photographing its sandstone exterior. Litter on its lawn and on its granite steps spoiled any pretense of its owners once hosting royalty. There was absolutely nothing to see at its Beaulieu Gardens and no signs to point the way there if they were only somewhere hidden but nearby. Seeing the Gardens had been the main reason I’d trekked all the way from my hotel near the Bow River to see the place. Maybe it was a bad day and just luck of the draw, but I’d expected far more than seemed on offer here.
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