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Larnach Castle Lodge Dunedin Reviews
Worth doing! Dec 28, 2009
We had booked 2 rooms, Kates room and the New Zealand room. They were next to each other and were on the lower level which meant they had balcony's. I wanted the balcony rooms because the view is spectacular.
The last time Andrew and I were here we had the Scottish room which was nice and had a balcony but was sort of at the back, at the end, so to see the view it was a bit of neck stretching.
The rooms are themed but are basic motel rooms with a tv and tea and coffee making facilities.
It is also good if you can book to have dinner in the Castle. It is a lot of fun and only people staying there can have dinner there.
The cheaper option to stay up at the Castle is in the stables which has dormitory style rooms with share bathrooms. Great for families.
Since last time they have done up the downstairs area of the Stables. That is where breakfast is served. Breakfast is included in the room rate. There are nice new tables and chairs in the breakfast area and there is a new stall area with a computer and tv and soft comfortable seats.
A tour of the Castle and just wandering the grounds is also included in the price. It is worth spending some time doing that, the garden and views are spectacular
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Lanarch Castle: stables and themed rooms set in a beautiful garden with great views of the Otago peninsular Jul 24, 2008
Looking for something a little different from your every day hotel...then this might be the place for you.
Lanarch Castle is located on the beautiful Otago peninsular 30 minutes from the city of Dunedin on the south island. The surrounding area is scenic with albatross and penguin colonies near by. There are two options of accommodation - themed rooms or stables.
The ride up to the castle is a little hair raising (winding roads up and over the peninsular) but worth it once you arrive. Entering through the gate you will see lots of trees and vegetation and following the road you will come to pristine landscaping and finally a first view of the castle.
The lady at the gate asked to stop at the bottom of the steps leading to the main entrance of the castle. As soon as we pulled up a lady (wearing a long tartan skirt) opened the door to greet us. After checking us in and giving us directions to the stables and she met us at the stable doors.
Leading us through the stables and past the one horse...OK a large model of a horse...and up the stairs she showed us to our room. After pointing out everything...including a shared fridge with a bottle of milk for tea/coffee...she asked if everything was to our liking. That was a first!
The upstairs of the stable has been converted into 10 rooms with shared toilets, showers and a small reading area. The toilets and showers are more like you would find in a gym though they were very clean and served their purpose. Our room had a double bed and two twin beds and towels, toiletries and extra blankets were provided.
The downstairs still looks like a stable with one stall being used as a reading/TV area and another had a very old computer supposedly hooked to the internet for a price (it was not working when we were there). And don’t forget the stall with the horse!! The other part has been converted into a kitchen and dining area where they serve a full made-to-order breakfast which was included in the price of our room. It is very rustic and all in keeping with the ambience.
The castle is not actually a true castle but a large family home built to resemble one. Built in 1871 by a rich businessman, by the 1960's it was sitting in ruins before the present owner purchased it in 1967 and over the years restored it to as close to the original plans as possible. The main building of the castle is now a museum which is free to hotel staying guests. There is also a gift shop and a cafe open during the day.
Optional: 3 course dinner in the castle dining room sitting a large table with other hotel guests. The menu is usually Scottish themed. The cost is around NZ$60 (US$45) per person and though expensive, the food, the experience and the ambience made it well worth it.
All of the staff are exceptionally friendly and helpful. The lady that checked us in was also our dinner host/server. She was very knowledgeable about the hotel and told us stories including one about a stable room being haunted (not ours thankfully).
I would recommend this place to anyone wanting something a little different than a generic hotel stay. I only have two negatives for this place. One being the internet not working - especially if want to research local activities. The other is that for those not wanting to pay the high price for dinner there are no other options other than to drive back down the winding road and into Dunedin. One hour roundtrip and even more scary in the dark!!!
And one last thing…the weather can be temperamental here. When we visited it was cold and rainy and at one point the clouds hid the views of the peninsular. However it gave the castle and gardens a kind of mystical feel. I just wish the sun would have been out when we made it out to the roof.
Larnach Castle Lodge Overview
The Larnach Castle Lodge is situated in a quiet location, offering guests easy access to the sights in the city while remaining near the famous castle. There is a variety of sights to be seen in the local area, including the Royal Albatross Yellow-eyed penguin colony. The center of the city is located within a twenty minute drive. Guests can also take part in a tour of the castle as well as walk through the gardens. Reaching the Larnach Castle Lodge is simple due to its convenient and well known location.
Each of the guestrooms at the Larnach Castle Lodge are individually decorated in a period style and offers ocean views. All rooms feature en suite baths, phones, radios, heaters, tea and coffee making facilities, televisions and hairdryers. There are 12 guestrooms available.
A range of amenities is offered at the Larnach Castle Lodge, including the castle dining room as well as meeting facilities and a ballroom. Breakfast as well as a one seating evening meal is served at the hotel.
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