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‘Olveston’ was the home of businessman, collector and philanthropist David Theomin. Designed by the English architect, Sir Ernest George, the house was built with every modern convenience including central heating, a gas generator for electricity, a shower in each bathroom and heated towel rails, an internal telephone system and service lift. A passionate collector, the house was extensively and lavishly furnished with exotic artefacts and furniture, prized artworks and antiques, carpets and rugs, ceramics, bronze statues and weaponry all purchased during the families many travels around the world.
Set within a 1-acre ‘Garden of National Significance’, at on the hill above George Street, Olveston at 42 Royal Terrace, is within walking distance from the Octagon.
South Island ▷ Coastal Otago ▷ Dunedin
Olveston is open 364 days of the year, 9am - 5pm, (Christmas Day only by prior arrangement).
Being introduced to the house of the family by an enthusiastic guide feels like a privilege. Great collection of all sorts of things.
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This was one of the highlights of our 2 week trip. We arrived about 5 minutes late because we decided to walk from the town centre - allow plenty of time, the streets are steep. Fortunately we were able to join the tour that had begun. It is a beautifully preserved home and gardens. The tour was very informative and friendly. We were able to stay behind after the tour and were taken back to the bits that we had missed. Thanks.
$15, great house, impressive and fair price.
Fascinating glimpse into the past.
Didn't really like the girl taking the tour.