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Olveston Historic Home, Dunedin

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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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  • What a fantastically preserved Home. So interesting and absolutely worth the visit. Our guide was very informative and was able to answer any questions we had.  more »
  • We went back to Dunedin to see this place again after visiting it as young backpackers in 1981! We are glad we made the effort. it was even better than our memories afforded us.  more »
  • Had the best visit here . So many items to see and our tour guide was so good . It was mesmerizing to see how many things they had and how beautifully everything was together. We loved it and would de...  more »
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  • This was the highlight of all our tours. Really nice atmosphere though the rooms were stuffed with too much objada. We should have left a little more time.
  • This is just the most awesome place to visit. Wonderful historic house, with a very informative guided tour.
  • What a place, looks like it's been frozen in time. I wasn't sure I'd like this not been a huge history buff but I actually enjoyed the tour and learn't some new things about Dunedin I did not know and I've lived here since I was just 6 years old. Well worth it and not expensive at all.
  • A must visit attraction when in Dunedin (and for locals too). Great to see such well preserved architecture, social and artistic heritage. Will be back. Beautifully kept gardens too.
  • Amazing house full of original furnishings etc. Great guided tour.

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