Tag: Residences

Slovak residence: A modern home full of art

| July 2, 2018 | 0 Comments
Slovak residence: A modern home full of art

Tucked away on a small cul-de-sac on the eastern side of Rockcliffe Park is the residence of Slovak Ambassador Andrej Droba, his wife, Daniela, and their 11-year-old daughter, Sara. A family-style home in most respects, the house was built in 1984 on a large tract of private land on the eastern side of McKay Lake […]

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Malaysia: Making a house a temporary home

| April 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
Malaysia: Making a house a temporary home

A guest book, along with official photos and other trappings of a diplomatic residence, are all there. But there are also ducks — in profusion. One, a carved, joyously coloured fellow, nestles on a stair. Another is a handsome metallic specimen from Egypt; with several colleagues, he commands the dining room’s wooden mantel. There are […]

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An elegant Turkish mansion in Rockcliffe

| December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
An elegant Turkish mansion in Rockcliffe

When you live in a Rockcliffe mansion with multiple receiving rooms, three guest rooms, 11 bathrooms, a spacious patio, expansive gardens and an address that is known to be elite, the best way to make it feel like home is to move in with some of your favourite art and pieces of memorabilia. That’s just […]

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The castle Birkett built

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
The castle Birkett built

We’ve all seen and heard of famous castles — Windsor Castle, Prague Castle, Mont Saint Michel, Ludwig’s (Mad Max’s) Castle in Bavaria. Exotic locations, fantastic designs, tourist destinations. And then there is Birkett’s Castle. Whose, you ask? Birkett’s? Where would that be? Try downtown Ottawa. Ask around about Thomas Birkett, a former mayor of Ottawa […]

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An artful residence for an artist and an ambassador

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
An artful residence for an artist and an ambassador

lf you wander into the residence of Czech Ambassador Pavel Hrncir in tony Rockcliffe, you might think you are in the wrong place. In an area known for its baronial manor houses, this house has none of the typical stucco and stone exteriors, no stone columns, no wrought-iron balconies and no circular driveway. Inside you […]

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Pakistan’s welcoming home abroad

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Pakistan’s welcoming home abroad

That the Islamic world has long produced stunning carpets isn’t exactly breaking news. Indeed, discerning Europeans were scooping up fine specimens as early as the 14th Century. But what tickles Pakistani High Commissioner Tariq Azim Khan are the occasional irregularities in carpets such as the deep red one that adds warmth and texture to the […]

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Saudi Arabia’s Ottawa jewel on Sussex Drive

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
Saudi Arabia’s Ottawa jewel on Sussex Drive

Ask Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador Naif Bin Bandir Alsudairy what he likes best about his lavish embassy on Sussex Drive and he’s sure to look across the Ottawa River to the Gatineau Hills and answer that he’s happy to be so close to skiing. At every other posting, he says he’s had to travel far to […]

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Portugal’s diplomatic residence off the beaten path

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Portugal’s diplomatic residence off the beaten path

Portuguese Ambassador Jose Moreira da Cunha and his wife, Lurdes, live in what they describe as a modest embassy residence on Island Park Drive, far from some of the baronial manor houses of Rockcliffe where many of their diplomatic friends live. But they say they couldn’t be happier. Not only do they love the location, […]

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Colombia’s stunning Rockcliffe renovation project

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
Colombia’s stunning Rockcliffe renovation project

The pungent aroma of Colombian coffee fills the sunlit rooms of this Rockcliffe home, a comfortable, airy, modern residence that bears little resemblance to its actual age. Inside this seven-bedroom diplomatic residence, it’s hard to imagine that the house was actually built in 1934 with a stucco and stone exterior that fits in perfectly with […]

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A residence built with Moroccan charm

| March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
A residence built with Moroccan charm

If you don’t pay attention, you might just miss the small sign and street number of the Moroccan ambassador’s residence on busy Aylmer Road. It’s not far from the plush fairways of the Royal Ottawa Golf Club, nor from the Champlain Bridge to Ottawa. In fact, it’s just far enough away to stand alone on […]

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