Larnach Castle was built by William Larnach, a rich merchant and politician, in 1871, and bought (as little more than a dilapidated shell) by the Barker family in 1967. Since then it’s been their mission, with the help of family, friends and locals, to restore it to its former glory, even buying back original furniture, piece by piece, at sales and auctions. The castle is about 10km outside Dunedin on top of a ridge on the Otago Peninsula, overlooking Otago Harbour. The magnificent views and the atmosphere of a ‘real’ castle make one feel rather regal. The 12 guest rooms are located on the seaward side of the castle in the lodge and converted stables and a separate wing (built by Larnach as a birthday gift for his daughter) houses a café.
Dinner is served at a communal table in the castle’s grand dining room, with themed menus served throughout the year, such as a Scottish menu of Cullen Skink, Haggis and Cranachen in the colder months. A castle tour is included in the accommodation package and the view from the castle’s tower is breathtaking. Rates are very reasonable for this regal experience.
For more information:
Camp Road, Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
Tel.: +64 3 476 1616