William James Mudie Larnach's banking career began in Melbourne then followed the gold rush to the Australian goldfields. In the 1860's when gold was discovered in Otago, New Zealand, Larnach was offered the position of manager of the Bank of Otago in Dunedin, which serviced the extensive goldfields.
Many people know of Larnach Castle, the historic (1870s) home atop Otago Peninsula. Many more people are falling for its garden. The Larnach Castle garden has been a labour of love for Margaret Barker, whose family purchased the then-neglected castle and 14 hectare property in 1967.
Tours are available from the central city to take you to the castle for a fully guided tour, or you can drive yourself to the castle for a self-guided tour.
Positioned on the dramatic Otago Peninsula, situated 500 metres from Larnach Castle, the spacious lobby and marble staircase gives this unique venue a luxurious feel. The five guest rooms all have welcoming gas fires, complementary laptops and free internet use for guest use. Breakfast and entry to Larnach Castle is included in the room rate. Dinner is available at Larnach Castle for house guests; the host will organize a complementary transfer to and from dinner.
Built beside the original historic stables, the lodge was built to resemble a colonial farm building, with beautiful views over the harbour and peninsula. The lodge has a 4-star Qualmark rating with 12 themed rooms including the following themes: Scottish, enchanted forest, rhododendron, Kate's, New Zealand, Rose, Sea, White, Kauri, Pink, Goldrush and Victorian styles. Four of the rooms are fitted with balconies, four are standard as well as three premium rooms available. All the rooms have ensuite showers and all the essentials such as a heater, phone, TV, tea and coffee making facilities etc.
The stables are a 140 years old category 1 listed historic building near the Larnach Lodge. The rooms feature a cooked or continental breakfast, shared bathroom facilities, the opportunity to dine in a Castle dining room and a location very close to the Otago Peninsula's wildlife.The rooms are economically affordable with the lower part of the stables including a guest lounge, laundry, internet site and a display showcasing the original Stable horse stalls.