Dot’s dream

NZ House & Garden - - CONTENTS - Pho­to­graph: Jane Ussher

It’s the first time NZ House & Gar­den has fea­tured a cas­tle on its cover, and also the first time pho­tog­ra­pher Jane Ussher has shot one. Dot Smith’s new cas­tle in Oa­maru was a “vis­ual feast”, Jane says. “It was an ab­so­lute plea­sure to take these lush, gor­geous pho­tos.” Dot was ea­ger to show Jane her favourite spot for view­ing her home, so at sun­set took her to a lo­ca­tion across the lake for the cover shot. “This is when she thinks it looks most mag­i­cal,” Jane says. “Ev­ery de­tail in the cas­tle was in­cred­i­bly con­sid­ered and she was true to her vi­sion of want­ing this to be a mag­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence both for her and any­body else that walks into the place.” See in­side the cas­tle on page 28, plus you can visit Dot’s cas­tle on the NZ House & Gar­den House Tour – to find out how to book turn to page 86.

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