Castle has put house tour on map

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Eighteen months ago, I received a phone call to see whether I thought Oamaru could host a national house tour.

Did we have a range of beautiful and interesting homes? Would our town be able to host such an event? Did we have the capacity to cater for the numbers? Our answer, of course, was a resounding yes and we quickly compiled a short list of 30 homes to inspire the organisers.

Throughout the process, feedback from the organisers has been so positive around how incredible our region is, how inspired the homes are and, more importantly, how special the people are within them.

The Riverstone Castle has been an incredible drawcard and really put this tour on the map. It will be a pleasure to be able to see Dot Smith’s dream in real life.

We also have to commend the seven other homeowners who have allowed people into their homes and have been working tirelessly to ensure this event is a success.

The range of homes is what makes this tour so special. From stunning heritage homes to contemporary new-builds, and everything in between, the homeowners have created a tour that is going to be undeniably North Otago – and completely memorable.

As business owners, we have an opportunity this weekend to be open and cater to the 2,500 people who will be here for the event. I would encourage other local businesses to be make the most of this opportunity and ensure we have a welcoming and bustling town for them to explore.

Congratulations to our clients and customers involved in the event. You can be so proud of your homes and your support of the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

– Annabel Berry is the creative director of Design Federation