Castle reopening a hit

Overnewton Castle director Emma Stott is thrilled they are open. (Damjan Janevski) 257454_03

Tara Murray

Overnewton Castle has taken a slow and measured approach to reopening after the latest COVID-19 lockdown.

Like many businesses, the castle had to close its doors for three months, with strict COVID restrictions taking events and weddings off the table.

Castle general manager Emma Stott said there were still great challenges on occasion. She said they had to be flexible and adaptive in the ever-changing environment.

Ms Stott said they were thrilled to be open for weddings, high teas and other long-awaited celebrations.

“There were and still are so many challenges for the directors, staff and all of our beautiful customers, we are so thankful for everyone’s support and understanding,” she said.

“The continual lockdowns and heavy restrictions on the industry will have a ripple effect for many years to come but are confident that we have adapted to ensure we can overcome hurdles as required.”

The castle last week had their first weddings since reopening up, in an exciting moment for the staff.

“We have our first weddings back … We are so happy to utilise the gorgeous five acres of pristine gardens again for garden cocktail celebrations along with the grand dining room for more formal settings.”

Ms Stott said there had been a welcome uptake of bookings for the popular high tea,s which consists of a selection of finger sandwiches, savoury and sweet scones, hot savoury items, mini sweets, tea, coffee, and of course that all important post-lockdown glass of bubbles to celebrate.