• 599 Island Rd - SOLD

    Victoria, British Columbia
  • $2,600,000 CDN


The late Terry Reksten, one of our foremost experts on Victoria's heritage culture wrote that "Gwenllyan" built for Victoria's first surgeon, Dr. Oswald Jones, is the only remaining collaboration between Frances Rattenbury and Samuel Maclure. The Jones family resided at Gwenllyan for 75 years. The Queen of Heritage of Oak Bay, a 6,570 square foot stone mansion sits on a large, private lot. The majestic stone house was built of split granite from "boulders on the site" in 1909. The roof is slate from Jervis Island. The interior retains all of the original heritage features, giving this home old world charisma in a modern age. To enter this home is to be transported to an era seeped in fine craftsmanship, luxury and elegance. Each room is artfully designed and captures the eye with stunning details such as, soaring ceilings, crown mouldings, coffered ceilings, five tiled fireplaces, rich mahogany floors, and many original light fixtures. The main floor houses an inviting kitchen, featuring a gorgeous special edition AGA cooker from England, as well as stainless steel KitchenAid appliances, granite countertops and a garborator. Also found on the main floor, a formal dining room, large living room, distinctive library and tranquil tile floored conservatory saturated with light. The second and third floor are comprised of six bedrooms and conveniently placed laundry room. The lower floor has a rec room and ample storage. Outside discover an oasis, a world class garden with features such as a clipped box herb parterre, a wisteria pergola with massive posts and beams, a clipped yew hedge enclosing a magical pond and woodland paths. The garden offers complete privacy and also features many stunning and heritage registered Garry Oaks. This garden and home could not have an equal.