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Larnach Castle Lodge

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#14 of 56 hotels in Dunedin
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Larnach Lodge Is a unique recreation of a colonial farm building set in 35 acres of award winning Castle Garden. Rooms are individually decorated in a colonial style and all have private facilities. Every room has a dramatic sea view. Lodge guests are invited to dine in a Castle dining room. Bookings must be made by 5pm. Breakfast is included in the room rate and is served in the historic Stables. Complementary entry to Larnach Castle is also part of the package. Larnach Lodge is a 20 minute drive from the City of Dunedin and 20 minutes from the famous wildlife attractions on the Otago Peninsula.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Babysitting
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Secured parking
Wifi
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary tea
Kids' meals
Highchairs available
Gift shop
Newspaper
Shared lounge / TV area
First aid kit
Umbrella
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
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Room features
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Refrigerator
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Harbour View
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English
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Kalisis6 wrote a review Feb 2024
Brussels, Belgium199 contributions78 helpful votes
First, the hotel is really nice, modern and the rooms are equipped in a way we did like We met three young members of the staff, and there were very nice to us, making the experience really enjoyable Then there is also an older member of staff, very grumpy, unable to answer service requests (we went back to our room without any of the support we requested) Much worse: she was the driver to the restaurant in the nearby mansion We had to ask several times for her to get us back, until we saw she was drinking red wine in the kitchen. When she finally showed up, she was clearly intoxicated Unacceptable for the service level that this hotel aims for Cant imagine why she is still working for the hotel……. Beside, the menu at the mansion is really not worth it. They have too many guests to serve at the same time, and it turns out to canteen-level food. Go to the seaside instead.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Beware of the grumpy lady Do not take the evening meal at the mansion
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Response from Larnach Castle, Marketing at Larnach Castle Lodge
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Hello Thank you for your review and direct feedback alerting us to this. We sincerely apologise that you’ve had this experience as it does not meet our standards. We take pride in providing an excellent guest experience where safety is paramount. This is a serious allegation and goes against all of our company policies, procedures, and guest care. As noted in our email correspondence directly with you, we are investigating this in the most serious manner, and it will be dealt with appropriately. Thank you also for your feedback regarding your dinner experience. This experience is in keeping with the historic setting and traditional dinner service, where all guests are seated and served together, house-party style. We are pleased that you had some positive and enjoyable experiences with our hosts and accommodation – we expect this to be the standard for the full experience and are disappointed that it wasn’t so. We appreciate the opportunity to stay in contact with you via direct email channel. Many thanks, Larnach Castle Management
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ExploringLife wrote a review Feb 2024
Moama, Australia1642 contributions220 helpful votes
Two nights in a bygone era. Heated bathroom tiles, wonderful heater in room. Gardens as good as any botanical gardens we’ve been in. Beautifully restored dining area in old stables. It’s expensive but worth every cent. The ocean views from our room (27) were spectacular too.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jantastic wrote a review Feb 2024
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The view from the second floor of the lodge was spectacular. The room was comfortable though it lacked a baggage rack. The breakfast was nice but one day the wait was 50 minutes for our hot order. Being able to see the castle anytime during our stay worked out very well. The castle’s renovation was meticulously done, especially the ceiling work and staircases. Gorgeous.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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julia78902017 wrote a review Jan 2024
Basingstoke, United Kingdom84 contributions45 helpful votes
Stayed here 3 nights in the lodge accommodation. As a guest you have free range of the garden at any time and can pop in and out of the castle at will. We had the $95 supper which was v nice. Nice also to dine with interesting strangers. After dinner one of the staff gave us a tour of the castle. She was brilliant. Very entertaining. Wish we had booked a room with a balcony as views are fab although as a guest you can always find a quiet spot in the garden.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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KT from Ohio wrote a review Dec 2023
Shaker Heights, United States14 contributions4 helpful votes
Larnach castle is the only castle in New Zealand. The main castle has been renovated and is open for viewing. The lodges and stables have been converted to guest rooms. We stayed in the lodges. I would describe them as rustic, but comfortable - each lodge had a queen and twin bed. We had a small porch overlooking views of the Otago Peninsula. Castle gardens were well maintained and lovely for an evening stroll. No food served in the evenings other than a Chef's table 5 course menu, which we were unable to participate in due to our 9 pm reservation to see penguins. Breakfast was good with a warm cooked-to-order menu as well as a continental breakfast. The road to the castle was quite narrow and windy for our large Kia Sorrento, but staying in the castle lodges was a unique experience that we are glad we had.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Room Tip: Rustic but charming - a unique experience. Good breakfast but not much food after 5 pm. This is a...
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Tinkie12 wrote a review Sept 2023
New Zealand68 contributions10 helpful votes
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We stayed in Kate's room in the lodge accommodation recently for an overnight date night. We also did dinner at the castle. The whole experience was amazing. Breathtaking views of the Otago Peninsula. Our room was quaint, themed and spotlessly clean. The castle itself was so interesting to look around and being on the castle grounds after hours was pretty special. Dinner was wonderful. We enjoyed the offerings from the chef and actually can't wait to go back.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 3 Sept 2023
Dear Trinkie12 We are thrilled you had such a great stay at Larnach Lodge. We hope you do get the opportunity to visit us again at some stage.
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Lisa Beard wrote a review Jun 2023
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A two night wonderful stay at this unique accommodation. A special note to the staff who were all so friendly, helpful and amazing, especially Shannon and the 'piano man' Toby. The four course dinners were delicious as was the special cake that my husband organised. Thank you so much for making it extra special.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Room Tip: Recommend the lodge accommodation very comfortable and roomy
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Roaming-About-56 wrote a review May 2023
Prague178 contributions40 helpful votes
We loved our stay at Larnach Castle Lodge. The room was comfortable with breathtaking views across the gardens to the ocean. We added the Dinner in the Castle to our stay, which was delicious. Our hosts for the evening were Bella & Hamish; both charming and very professional. Breakfast the following morning was served in the Ballroom Cafe, and this too was very good. Make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to explore the gardens, which are amazing and showcase the owner’s passion to create beautiful memories for you to take away. Our self tour of the Castle was complimentary with our tariff. Very interesting building. Loved all the old furniture, pictures and artefacts throughout the building.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Irfon61 wrote a review Apr 2023
Greater London, United Kingdom35 contributions1 helpful vote
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We are travelling from the UK and had 3 nights booked in the lodge over the Easter weekend. On arrival at about 5.30pm we were greeted by a grumpy member of staff who made us feel very unwelcome. We were given the briefest of information told we were too late to book dinner and that we would have to travel to Portabello if we needed to eat. We were told that breakfast is the only meal they serve apart from the private dining room dinner which we did book to have on our last evening and was very nice and well worth doing. That said having been told that no other meals were served we were surprised to see that other guests seem to have received meals delivered to their rooms?? As a previous review mentions some of the staff do make you feel that you are there under sufferance and are unhelpful. The staff could certainly do with training in guest relations. That said the castle is situated in a beautiful location with fantastic views over the peninsula and has beautiful gardens and overall is a lovely place to stay.
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Rob wrote a review Apr 2023
Mokena, Illinois1 contribution
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We stayed in one of the Stables rooms. Very nice room with a great view, nice bathroom facility, large space with good amenities. Only downgrade was the bed mattress which was well past it's useful life. Breakfast buffet was very good, great service and excellent coffee. We also went on the tour of the castle which was excellent and included at no cost as a guest. Additionally we had the private dining room dinner with about 10 other guests. Excellent food, service in the castle dining room, well worth the price, not to be missed. We would highly recommend this unique experience and location. And don't miss a drive on the peninsula to the ocean where we walked among the sea lions on shore.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Larnach Castle Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Larnach Castle Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Signal Hill (6.6 km), Larnach Castle & Gardens (0.01 km), and Baldwin Street: The Steepest Street in the World (7.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Larnach Castle Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Larnach Castle Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Larnach Castle Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Larnach Castle Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Carey's Bay Historic Hotel, Glenfalloch Garden Cafe and Restaurant, and 1908 Restaurant.
Are any cleaning services offered at Larnach Castle Lodge?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Does Larnach Castle Lodge offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Larnach Castle Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Larnach Castle & Gardens (0.01 km), Iona Church (5.2 km), and Northern Cemetery (8.0 km).
Does Larnach Castle Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
Is Larnach Castle Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.