Properties to open doors

The former Mornington Presbyterian Church, now a home, is one of nine properties which will be...
The former Mornington Presbyterian Church, now a home, is one of nine properties which will be open to the public on Sunday, May 12. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
The owners of some of Dunedin's most impressive heritage properties are opening their doors to the public next Sunday to raise money for another historic building - Cargill's Castle.

Funds from ticket sales will help stabilise the ruin of the castle on the cliff top above St Clair.

The Cargill's Castle Trust plans to maintain the ruin, which it says has a dramatic coastline setting and the potential to become an important tourist destination.

Formed in 1997, the trust has bought, fenced and tidied the site. After stabilisation plans are finalised, it will start raising funds for the work, which could cost about $1 million.

Cargill's Castle. Photo: ODT files
Cargill's Castle. Photo: ODT files
Trust chairman Steven De Graaf said the property was dangerous to walk around, so there was no public access at present, but he hoped it would be open to the public within two to three years.

The heritage homes open day would feature eight Dunedin properties, including a large brick home that used to be in flats, a converted Presbyterian church and a City Rise house with "amazing'' stained glass, he said.

The ninth property was a modern eco-friendly home in St Leonards with "magnificent'' views.

The trust's last heritage homes open day two years ago attracted more than 400 people and organisers expected it to sell out again.

"It's always a fun day out,'' he said, adding the event was an ideal way for people to spend Mother's Day.

Be there

Tickets for the event, which runs from 11am-4pm, cost $40 and are available from Nichol’s Garden Centre and Metro Realty. The price includes morning or afternoon tea.

 

 

 


 

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