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.