When planning our first trip abroad I gave my husband the opportunity
to put 3 things on our itinerary and one was to stay overnight in a castle. The Castle Townshend at Castletownshend made our trip extra special. The Castle was just as we expected, kind of creaky, dark and
filled with centuries of souveniers from travels and heirlooms. The Castle has remained in the Townshend family since it was built and the pride that Ann takes in her heritage is evident. The Castle sits right on the bay and has a beautiful view. The rooms were a little cramped due to the oversized furniture you would expect and that a bath had to be carved out to accomodate guests, but everything was clean, the bed was very comfortable, and the view from our window was
great. We had been warned that castles were drafty, damp and cold, but this was not true of our accomodations eventhough we visited in April. The big surprise was the grounds which we were allowed to explore including a 5 star fort and tower ruins and a wonderfully beautiful church next door with cemetery which had postcards of the stained glass windows and history of the church for sale for a fair price. The cherry trees were in full bloom and everything was so peaceful and quiet that after our tour of the grounds we just sat on a bench and looked out onto the harbor that evening. The next morning before breakfast we went back to the church
and got some of our best pictures of the trip with the morning light hitting the steeple. What a wonderful inclusion in our trip which did not break the budget. And we can tell all our friends now that we
stayed overnight in a castle. How great is that!
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- Mountain Chalets is situated in Twizel, 40 minutes’ drive from Mount Cook, on State Highway 8 between Christchurch and Queenstown. This picturesque site is on the doorstep to some of New Zealand’s finest scenery. Located in the Mackenzie Country. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mountain Chalet Hotel Twizel