It was a gloomy ride going up the castle. At one point all I could see was fog outside my window. This was on the day when the weather told me it was going to be sunny. But I guess not that high up. So it was a bit chilly, and had an occasional drizzle when I visited.
Larnach castle did not really feel like a castle to me. More like a very large mansion with impressive grounds. Even the one who had the castle built Mr Larnach called it "The Camp" instead.
I went to this tour without doing any research beforehand on the history of the castle. I figured, that's what I paid them for.
Mr. Larnach was very rich. When his first wife died, he got depressed about it. He married her wife's half sister about a year after. There was a bit of info about the Decease Wife's Sister Marriage Act being passed wherein Larnach was now allowed to marry his sister in law. Unfortunately, his second wife died as well.
He married a third time to a young woman who was nearly half his age. Since he was so busy, his son accompanied his new wife to a lot of social functions and eventually they had an affair. When Larnach found out, he shot himself. It was also found out that he was in debt when he died since his business ventures failed.
This sounds like a tragic classic cliche plot or rather in this case it is a real life story where all those tragic cliche plots were probably based from.
His son and his widow did not get married after his death. So I guess it was not true love after all.
Larnach's eldest son also died by gunshot, when his wife decided to leave him.
Do I see a pattern here?
|Larnach Family Tree|
|Larnach Family Picture|
The Gardens were Amazing. Think, the Secret Garden. And the flowers haven't even bloomed yet.
|Lots of nice photo ops here|
|Gazebo - makes me think of princesses and fairytales,|
|Into the Woods|
You are free to take all the pics you want in Larnach castle, unlike in Olveston house (another place I visited here in Dunedin). However I found some of the rooms small. Here's a look on some of the rooms.
A bed warmer. They put hot coals and the servant girl will warm the bed during cold Dunedin winters, a hundred years ago.
A hip bath. Where only the hips are submerged in water and the legs are probably sticking out.
Constance, the third wife's actual wedding dress.