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HISTORY OF THE INN

Learn about the history of The Latch Inn

A Place In History

The Latch Inn, on Harbour Road in Sidney, is steeped in history and glamour. In 1925, the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia, Walter C. Nichol, commissioned famous architect Samuel Maclure to build him a summer home on forested property on the Saanich peninsula. The residence, completed in 1926 and coined "Miraloma", was a brilliant confluence of the environment and artistic design. Even today, it oozes an old-world elegance and charm. Once the playground for the upper crust, it hosted sumptuous garden parties and welcomed visits from dignitaries and royalty. Edward, the Prince of Wales, and his brother George enjoyed the classy and comfortable accommodation in a state tour of British Columbia in 1927. In the 1940s, it became known as "The Latch", reflecting that every door in the house was opened with a latch and iron key.
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Boutique Rooms

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Places Like It

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Harbour Rd, Sidney BC

A Return To Elegance

Michael, David; & Dominic took possession of the building June 1st, 2020, taking on a mission to restore the grand dame to her former glory. Their goal was to embellish  the rustic building and grounds, restoring them to their former integrity and beauty while complementing with a comfortable elegant twist.
And they have succeeded!
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Renovation & Reclamation

The team worked day and night to transform their grand ‘country mansion' into a rural masterpiece. Updates and improvements include beautification of the lawns, flower beds, new patio tables & conversation sets, new breakfast room furniture, new stylish beds with luxurious mattresses & bedding, new guest room seating, decor & upgraded amenities, artwork & a complete revamp of the picturesque waterfront lounge. 
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The Latch Figurines

The Latch Inn was built with many delightful eccentricities and oddities embedded in its unique design. For instance, intriguing ornamental carvings lead down from the Main Hall to the Dining Room: an austere little bulldog squats on the single newel post at the bottom of the stairs, and a monkey and an owl sit on two pillars at the top. Depending on which country a person hails from, the animals signify unique attributes. In China, for example, all these animals are portents of good luck. The monkey is a symbol of cleverness; the owl embodies positive and active energy; and the dog is considered to be a lucky animal indicating fortune is coming. Our wishes to all our guests are good fortune, happiness, and a bright future.