Larnach Castle luxury lodge nearing completion

Larnach Castle Ltd general manager Andrew Husheer in the yet-to-be completed Camp Estate. The luxury boutique lodge has already been booked out for its first couple of nights after it opens on January 31. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Larnach Castle Ltd general manager Andrew Husheer in the yet-to-be completed Camp Estate. The luxury boutique lodge has already been booked out for its first couple of nights after it opens on January 31. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
A new luxury lodge owned by Larnach Castle has already attracted bookings, despite not opening until next month.

Larnach Castle Ltd bought the neighbouring Bluestone Lodge and 17ha of land in April, with plans of converting it into a luxury boutique lodge.

The Camp Rd property - named Camp Estate - is being extensively renovated into a 4-5 star lodge and is due to open on January 31Larnach Castle general manager Andrew Husheer said the five-bedroom lodge was already generating interest and was booked out for its first couple of nights.

"We wanted it to be ready for the main tourist season."

He declined to say how much the redevelopment of the property, which has a rateable value of $3.75 million, had cost the company, "but it is quite a bit of money".

The predominantly black and white interior was inspired by Coco Chanel and the 1930s era, and the centrepiece of the lodge is a large marble staircase.

There were also plans to expand the property, and guests would be able to link up with the castle gardens by way of dune buggy, he said.

Since the $790-a-night Corstorphine House was converted from a boutique hotel into a private residence more than a year ago, there had been a gap in the market, he said.

The expected completion of the Forsyth Barr Stadium and the Rugby World Cup next year would help generate interest in the boutique lodge, he said.

Each room was priced at $380 a night, which included breakfast and access to the castle and surrounding gardens.

The venture was also attracting interest from the events and corporate sectors, as the lodge boasted two conference rooms.

"We are quite confident this will do well."

Tourism Dunedin chief executive Hamish Saxton said the lodge was a welcome addition to the Dunedin accommodation sector from a proven tourist operator.

"It provides additional accommodation on the peninsula and helps elevate the standard of accommodation across Dunedin."

The lodge, which cost $2.9 million to build, was sold in a mortgagee sale earlier this year.

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