Larnach Castle was awarded the Excellence in Tourism & Hospitality Award at the Westpac Otago Business Awards for 2018 recently.
The award was sponsored by Enterprise Dunedin. Other finalists for the award included Vault21 and Emersons Brewery.
Deborah Price, marketing and public relations manager at Larnach Castle says winning this award is a testament to forty five years of ongoing work and dedication to the conservation of Larnach Castle by the Barker family and the staff at Larnach Castle.
Andrew Husheer Larnach Castle general manager says the purchase of Camp Estate is one of the most significant achievements over the last two years, allowing the opportunity to expand.
As well as reuniting 45 acres of original Larnach Castle land the property came with a large home, which has since been refurbished to a commercial standard and is now open as a country house style accommodation. It also offers conference and meeting facilities.
'There is now a synergy between the two neighbouring properties, an example of the is would be conference guests working at the estate but taking breaks to come and visit the garden or have dinner at the castle.
'Our existing wholesale clients have welcomed a high end accommodation option in Dunedin. Our newest client is Department of Internal affairs, who intend on using the property for visiting government officials.'
Instigating a conservation plan has been a priority for Larnach Castle.
In 2011 the company in partnership with New Zealand Historic Places Trust commissioned a conversation plan that will be used as the blueprint for any restoration projects.
Already it has been used as a guide to complete repairs on the leaking tower roof, insuring best heritage practices are adhered to.