A castle gate houseWelcome to the lounge
5 guests
1 bedroom
5 beds
1.5 baths
5 guests
1 bedroom
5 beds
1.5 baths
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Welcome to your stay at a unique castle by the sea.
There are 2 beaches, you can swim, walk, surf, land yachting available.
Room choice includes caravan, romantic garden cottage, captain's cabin and castle bedrooms.
Scenic drive from Dunedin.

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In the heart of Aramoana beachside village, you will find a unique and exquisite mini castle and an ark floating in the front garden.Welcome to the castle!
The Castle at Aramoana. A magical place. Have you ever dreamed to be a captain? Or to rule in your own kingdom? At the Castle guest house, you can be both! Come discover this unique castle by the sea which has evolved from a crib after 8 years of hard work, built by Margaret, Doi and friends. Structure made from natural wood in post and beam style. Surrounded by gardens and just five minutes walk from the beach.
General Information
Aramoana is a half hours drive from Dunedin. Drive through Port Charmers down the main street and turn left at the container port. Follow the road around the harbor, it is a lovely scenic route. If traveling by bus, you will get as far as Port Chalmers. We can arrange transport from there if needed. It is also a very easy road to hitch, if you are that way inclined. Port Charmers is the last place to shop, there is a small supermarket and garage.
Accommodation details
The colorful caravan for the eternal traveller
A double bed and a view of the hen run. Wake up to the timeless call of the dawn rooster, sun rise over the silver beet. $40pp

Garden cottage for the romantic lovers.
A theatrical arch opens into a bed nook. A spacious living room, relax on the verandah.$50pp

The hedge hut for those who seek simplicity and solitude $40pp
Hide and seek in the hedge. Nestled inside the hedge and charming in it's smallness, the hedge hut has hints of a monastic life. It has a writing desk and single bed for those seeking time out.

Step back in time into the captains cabin $50pp
Full of old worlde relics, a puppet poking it's head around the corner, and a life size albatross hovering; the captains cabin is a treasure trove of mystery. A place where spiderwebs on the chandelier are welcomed! It houses a high bed, for high seas! Ahoy!

The turret bedroom $50pp
Wood lined, with a view of the cliff, the turret room has a light and spacious feel. You can breakfast on the balcony and take in the refreshing sea air. A golden room with a bed fit for a queen! Climb another set of stairs from the bedroom and you will discover a peaceful sanctuary at the top of the tower.

Breakfast at the Castle is a continental selection of yoghurt, fruit, cornflakes, home made muesli, wholemeal bread, spreads and porridge for the hearty. Home grown free range eggs on request.

We have an assortment of complimentary tea and coffee.
Wifi available upon request.

Wheelchair accessible

House Rules
Check in is anytime after 1PM
Check out by 10AM

You must also acknowledge
Dog(s) and other pet(s) live in the house


52 Reviews

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William User Profile
January 2017
Magical and friendly with great beautiful beaches close by.

Andrew User Profile
December 2016
It's very difficult to describe this amazing place in words. It is a feeling, a vibe, an experience: A magical house in a magnificent place. Better that you go yourself to meet and experience Margaret and her house and find out for yourself. I recommend this house / experience with the heartiest, happiest, most heartfelt endorsement possible. Just go!!!

Thomas User Profile
March 2015
Magical castle lost at the end of the peninsula. We had the most amazing time there, we stayed by the fireside cosy in the couch in the evening. We spent a lot of time discovering all the little treasures around the house. Margaret is a beautiful fairy and kind soul, she was a great host. We loved it, it was hard to leave!!!!

Klaus User Profile
October 2017
Would come again, thank you

Helen User Profile
July 2017
This's my second time to go to Margaret's wonderland. Everything is so perfect. Margaret is the same as usual, so friendly. No matter where you come from, no matter who you are, Margaret will make everyone feel so welcome. If you're eager to explore new things, if you still have a child dream that is still lingering in your mind, if you want to live in a different culture, you'll definitely go there and you'll have a unique travel experience.

Nathan User Profile
June 2017
Where to start.... Margaret is a wonderful host and has the most amazing, crazy, magical house I have ever been to. There is a secret in every corner! I just wish I had the chance to stay longer and enjoy the peace and quiet of Aramoana. I will be back for sure

滾零 User Profile
May 2017
The homestay was indeed an amazing experience. Margaret is an extremely kind and friendly host and a delight to chat with. Her castle really made us feel like princesses and she even made breakfast for us and allowed us to feed her chickens! Also, the night sky there is peppered with stars. Will definitely recommend to people visiting dunedin area. 謝謝Margaret 讓我們住進令人驚喜的castle,i reallyyyyyyy like the high bed, it make feel like in the story of “The Princess and The Pea” 還有還有,謝謝您帶我們參觀您的房子,那感覺僅次於環球影城(哈利波特)。真的好愛您的城堡!每個小角落都有Margaret的小巧思,每個燈都有機關~無法想像連廁所都這麼可愛。 是個超棒的經驗,謝謝Margaret.

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