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Olveston Historic Home, Dunedin

(4.7/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
Built for a wealthy merchant family, Olveston Historic Home showcases the upscale lifestyle during the country's Edwardian period. Commissioned by early 20th century resident David Theomin, the luxurious house boasts 35 rooms, electrical appliances and other features cutting-edge in their time--plus a rich Jacobean-style exterior decorated with stone and tiles. Inside you'll find an array of opulent furnishings, grand halls, and interior balconies. Join a guided tour, held six times daily, to learn more about the house, its gardens, and its residents. Consider making your reservations ahead of time, as the tours set limits on the number of participants. To visit Olveston Historic Home on your trip to Dunedin, use our Dunedin family vacation planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • What an amazing house. A great insight into the life of the family who lived there. All original interior and artifacts. Superb. Tour guide was friendly and informative. Very enjoyable visit. 
  • We undertook a guided tour of the house and were delighted with the whole experience. Our guide was passionate about her subject and provided us with lots of interesting information about the house an...  more »
  • This is just a marvelous house to visit, one of the very best I've been to. Beautifully appointed, it's full of beautiful pieces and in excellent condition. Gardens are gorgeous. You have to book a to...  more »
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  • History of yesteryear. A great example of the 1900s in Dunedin. Well worth the visit.
  • It was long ago that I visited this wonderful old home. Beautifully presented a time long ago. When rich folks had servants, and the household was run to schedule. Delivery people had their own entrance and fraternising with house maids was frowned upon. The furniture and devote kept in pristine condition as are the gardens and surrounds. A wonderful place to visit and take a walk through another era and learn of some secrets and stories that houses such as Olveston can tell. Our guide was informative revealing some interesting anecdotes about this amazing house.
  • Amazing place,and a nice history.
  • Attractive and fascinating historic home
  • Had a look around as part of a community walk and found the place to be lovely. Plan to return and do the guided tour to learn more about the place. Highly recommend people to check the place out.