We went to the castle on the most perfect day, it had been raining for quite some time and finally there was a break in the clouds and a full day of sunshine, which was needed for this trip as it get quite chilly being on the castle grounds. With that said we decided to go inside and have a look around first then explore the grounds. It was nice and warm inside and the reception desk help was quite kind, explaining about how the castle is best viewed (from the bottom floor then up) and gave us a map to explore on our own. I love castles. I've previously been to many of the castles in Germany and have a fond appreciation for the architecture, as well as the thought process that goes into the building and it's surrounding. On the ground floor was the Larnach story, which was very informative and quite interesting. We also saw the family tree, and how there are still descendants of the Larnach family currently living in Auckland, which I thought was pretty cool. After learning the history it was time to explore... My favorite part was the fireplaces. That may sound strange, however, there are 3 different tile patterns in each one and I can't help but want to know why. None of it matched either. Also there was a different style of clock on each mantle that was so different from the last yet still amazing. You can even go up the very narrow tower to the look out and it has 360 degrees of breath taking views. When you live in a country that you don't find this kind of thing every day it certainly makes every moment that much more awe inspiring. We also walked the grounds after, trying to find the plants listed in the plant guide in order from the map. Though we couldn't find all of them, we sure had a fun time trying. And the grounds were awesome to just walk around on. Overall we certainly had fun learning about the history, looking for plants, taking in the sights, and enjoying our company.
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