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High Tea with an Irish Flair

Come one, come all to celebrate the luck of the Irish on St Patrick’s Day!!

We all have a little Irish in us…find your’s at:
Point Ellice House and Garden
March 17th and 18th

  • Tour the Heritage House, hear about it’s Irish Roots
  • Enjoy High Tea with an Irish flair
  • Shop our unique Secret Tea and Vintage Shoppe
2616 Pleasant St.,Victoria,BC 250 380 6506
Please see http://www.pointellicehouse.com for yearly schedule and Tea Menu.
(note: High Teas require 48 hour reservations)

Call for Volunteers

Volunteer at Point Ellice House, an historic house situated along the beautiful Gorge Waterway, which was occupied by the O’Reilly family for three generations over a span of 105 years.

With the Tea House, Secret Vintage Shoppe and Heritage House coming open on February 10, and to help accommodate more open hours later in the spring and summer, Point Ellice House is in need for more volunteers for a variety of positions:

  1.  Tour Guides — we need Tour Guides to take you through the everyday life of the O’Reillys and show off one of the largest collection of Victoriana in North America still situated in it’s original setting.
  2. Gardeners — Become part of the group of Gardeners, under the care and training of a Head Gardener, keeping the grounds in the way it was in the 1800’s.
  3. Tea Assistant — Become a Tea Assistant in the Secret Tea and Vintage Shoppe.
You will be trained, supported and above all, appreciated.
If you have a love of history or just wish to be involved, come join our team by calling 250-380-6506 or e-mail info@PointElliceHouse.com.


We Are Open starting February 10

Point Ellice House, including Afternoon Teas, the Secret Vintage Shoppe and tours in the Heritage House, will be open on Saturday and Sunday starting February 10.

To celebrate, we are featuring the perfect Valentine’s Day event:

Experience the The Language of Fans and Love


Point Ellice House and Garden
February 10th and 11th 11:00 – 4:00



2616 Pleasant St.,Victoria,BC 250 380 6506
Please see http://www.pointellicehouse.com for yearly schedule and Tea Menu.
(High Teas require 48 hour reservations)

Tea for Your Valentine

Experience the The Language of Fans and Love

Point Ellice House and Garden
February 10th and 11th 11:00 – 4:00


2616 Pleasant St.,Victoria,BC 250 380 6506
Please see http://www.pointellicehouse.com for yearly schedule and Tea Menu.
(High Teas require 48 hour reservations)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

On behalf of the Point Ellice House Preservation Society’s Board of Directors, the volunteers, and staff of the Tea House and Secret Vintage Shoppe, we all wish everyone the Merriest of Christmases and the Happiest of New Years.

The Secret Vintage Shoppe and Historic House are now closed for the winter.

We are scheduled to open again on February 10, 2018. Watch our website (www.PointElliceHouse.com) and our facebook page for news and updates.

Mrs. O’Reilly’s Christmas Cake

The picture on the left is the result of a long project by one of our volunteers at Point Ellice House, Jennifer Brown.  The following is her story on how she was able to create a current version of Mrs. O’Reilly’s Christmas Fruit Cake:

I have always thought it would be fun to try out some O’Reilly recipes, especially cakes and other sweets.  This October I started my search for recipes for the Christmas season.  I always make a fruit cake called Yorkshire Spice cake for my family and thought that making Mrs. O’Reilly’s fruit cake would be a good project.

I started looking for recipes in the historical information binders at Point Ellice but didn’t find recipes.   I tried the Victoria Public Library BC Room with no luck.  So I visited the BC Archives and searched a few microfilms of the O’Reilly Family papers.  I did find some recipes but not Mrs. O’Reilly’s fruit cake.  Then I had a bit of good luck:  a copy of an old book (unpublished) of Mrs. O’Reilly’s recipes was found in the files, and it had the fruit cake recipe.

And now the real challenge began, deciphering a recipe from Mrs. O’Reilly’s ‘shorthand’.  The recipe is very brief:  it doesn’t include the size of pan to use or the oven temperature or the baking time.  I wasn’t sure about a few of the ingredients:  what do Victorians mean by a “sultana”?  what is “Powder Spice”?  How many ounces in a Victorian pint of milk?  Are those large eggs or medium eggs?  What is meant by “mixed peel”?  Is a Victorian teaspoon rounded or level?  Many, many questions.

I spent a lot of time pouring over several resources: the unpublished book mentioned,  Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management (published in the mid-1850s), and my grandmother’s 1938 Five Roses Cookbook.    I also dug through my old cookbooks to find a cake with similar amounts of ingredients to determine a pan size.  And, yes, I used the internet to find out what “Powder Spice” is.

In mid-November, I finally made the cake.  It is now in a cool spot wrapped in cheesecloth soaked in sherry.  Mrs. O’Reilly probably used brandy.  We look forward to tasting it!

For a copy of Jennifer’s recipe, click here.

Victorian Era Christmas

The historic O’Reilly house has been decorated for Christmas in the style of the 1800’s, with greenery, Christmas Tree and various floral arrangements.

The Tours through the house will share the Christmas Traditions in the O’Reilly household, describing how the various rooms are used during the Christmas season and food preparation and presentation for the family and their visitors.

The Festive Christmas Tea is now available at the Secret Vintage Shoppe and Tea House on Saturday and Sundays 11:00 am until 4:00 pm through December 4.

Starting December 7 through December 23, the Secret Vintage Shoppe and Tea House will be open Thursdays thru Sunday.

Tours through the Heritage House are available on all days that the Shoppe and Tea House are open.

We are now taking reservations for our Festive Christmas Teas which start on November 25th.  The menu can be found here: Festive Christmas Tea Menu.

You can make reservations calling 250-380-6506 (please leave voicemail message) or by sending an email to info@PointElliceHouse.com 

In addition to the Christmas High Teas during December, we will have available for purchase Tea, Coffee and Mulled apple juice with spices.

And while you are visiting, you can also do your Christmas shopping at the Secret Vintage Shoppe where the Christmas spirit shows through in their decorations.

Thank You to Our Volunteers

From our Volunteer Coordinator:

Point Ellice House was recently alive to say Thank You! to all of our most valuable volunteers for a dinner in their honour.  It was an opportunity to catch up with fellow volunteers and enjoy the food contributions brought by all.  Our volunteers are a dedicated group of people coming together to promote and to help preserve our treasured historic site.

We can’t thank our volunteers at Point Ellice House enough.  They are all making a difference and are driven by the desire to see Point Ellice House continue to be a wonderful historic site to visit now and in the future.

We also like to thank Save-On Foods at Westside Village for there support for our celebration and honoring of our volunteers.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy ThanksgivingOn behalf of the Volunteers and Staff of Point Ellice House, we would like to wish all a Happy Thanksgiving and remind all that the heritage house and Vintage Shoppe will be closed on the Sunday Holiday.

Spooky Halloween


According to Ross Crockford, author of ‘Victoria, The Unknown City’, ‘Likely the most haunted house in town, Point Ellice House seems to be occupied by several long-dead members of the O’Reilly clan.’

Join us for a truly spooky Halloween experience.  Point Ellice House, rumored to be a temporary morgue for those lost in the 1896 collapse of the Point Ellice Bridge (aka the Bay Street Bridge), is ready to entertain those who enjoy all that the spiritual world has to offer.

Bring your family, your friends and especially your out of town guests who want to experience the life and times of the spooky English flavor that has enhanced the history and heritage of Victoria!

Spooky Halloween Tours:

October 27, 28 and 29
Tours scheduled at 5, 6 and 7 p.m.
we are accessible!

As tickets are selling quickly,  please call in advance to reserve your tour.

Special event rates*: 

Adults:  $12.00
Students (ages 12 to 18): $10.00
Children (ages 3-12): $5.00
Under 3:  Free
Family Rate:   $34.00
(2 adults accompanied by two or more of their children):

Point Ellice House Preservation Society Members:  50% off

Call Point Ellice House (250-380-6506) or email (info@PointElliceHouse.com) to make your reservations today.