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Billings Estate National Historic Site

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Address: 2100 Cabot St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Historic home of Braddish and Lamira Billings, built circa 1827-1828, who...

Historic home of Braddish and Lamira Billings, built circa 1827-1828, who were founding settlers of Ottawa.

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High Tea in the Garden

What a wonderful afternoon having tea in the garden at Billings Estate. This is a once a year event, it is fun as we all dress up, wear our hats and our fascinators. The tent is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 August 2016
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Ottawa, Canada
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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

What a wonderful afternoon having tea in the garden at Billings Estate. This is a once a year event, it is fun as we all dress up, wear our hats and our fascinators. The tent is set-up with round tables covered with linen tablecloths and plates and china teacups. I like that the cups and saucers do not match, I... More 

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Ottawa_Museums, Manager at Billings Estate National Historic Site, responded to this review

Sounds like you had a great visit @Colleen685 - maybe worth visiting more than once a year? Keep us in mind for Christmas Tea come December! More 

Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Attended an outdoor wedding here. The grounds are beautiful. They serve high tea. Probably would not have come here if not for the wedding as there are so many other things to see and do in Ottawa.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

Loved it and will go back. We went on a rainy day so we couldn't appreciate the grounds fully. Also we want to experience the tea service. But let me tell you this house is special. The history is so palpable you almost fell as if you are trespassing...you must take the guided tour to have a better understanding of... More 

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BillingsEstate, Manager at Billings Estate National Historic Site, responded to this review

We're happy to hear you had a such a great time at the site, even if you weren't able to see and do everything on offer. We look forward to having you back for tea! More 

Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

We attended a wedding here this past weekend and it was simply beautiful. The surroundings could not have been more perfect. I wish I could have been married outside in this beautiful historic area. Everything was so carefree and easy, even the parking. Loved it!

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BillingsEstate, Manager at Billings Estate National Historic Site, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing your experience with us @FirstClass001! More 

Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

I took my daughters for a high tea last Sunday. The day was gorgeous, the garden was full of flowers, the service was impeccable. We had chosen the coconut chai, the pear onlong tea and the citrus white tea. They served us each 5 finger sandwiches, one scone with butter and jam, and 5 different sweets. It is my second... More 

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Kelly E, Public Relations Manager at Billings Estate National Historic Site, responded to this review

We are so glad that you had a wonderful experience and day with your daughters, @estelalutero! Thank you for sharing your experience. We love to hear when guests enjoy themselves and create great memories. We hope to have you join us again soon! More 

Ottawa
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2015

I had heard many positive things about High Tea at the Billings Estate. It is a lovely location, and certainly has some redeeming qualities. $12.50 is cheap for tea, but hey - you get what you pay for. Unimaginative crustless wonderbread sandwiches with almost no filling. Not too sure if all the little pieces added up to one sandwich. The... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014 via mobile

My other reviews will show I have been to many historic homes, and this is among the worst. ThEre appeared to be few, if any, period pieces. There was some story about the family and some Canadian history. Waste of my time.

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Kelly E, Manager at Billings Estate National Historic Site, responded to this review

We're sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your visit @SaminDC. A few years ago we made the decision to move away from being a traditional historic house museum, which it sounds like you were expecting. The Billings family lived in this home for nearly 150 years, and their history in the area is even longer than that; we felt that... More 

Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

Great local gem! The grounds are pretty, the staff very friendly and professional, and the exhibits and interpretation in the house were more engaging for my family than I had expected. There are interactive elements, and we did the photo scavenger hunt. By the end of our self-guided visit, we had a sense of the generations who had lived there... More 

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Kelly E, Manager at Billings Estate National Historic Site, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review @KatikaOttawa - hopefully we'll see you back at the museum this summer! More 

Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2014

I have been there on quite a few occasions now and the location is just lovely! Summer time Garden Tea parties in a beautiful garden with the heritage house as a backdrop or inside for reception with the smell of old wood. It is very well maintained and the activity coordinators there always greet you with a smile.

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013

Tea at the Billings Estate is charming. One chooses the type of tea (there are other beverages available such as lemonade) and each guest has a lovely china pot of their own to enjoy. The menu is rather redundant but you order and a tier of three plates arrives. The bottom plate of the tier is filled with crustless tea... More 

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