After writing recently about the Amazing Castles in Adelaide I was surprised to discover even more heritage homes that I had missed (thanks you readers). If you include historic houses in South Australia that are so popular as wedding venues, the list of grand mansions becomes longer still.
Victor Harbor boasts two castles - Adare Castle was built by D.H Cudmore in 1891 and named after the family home in Ireland. Adare Castle's soaring spires look like they're straight out of a fairy tale, and what more charm could you want for a wedding venue?
Mount Breckan Victor Harbor, Centrepiece of the Mt Breckan Development
Across the Hindmarsh river you can find Mount Breckan house, a Victor Harbor castle built by Alexander Hay in 1881. Originally one of the largest residences in Australia, the Mount Breckan baronial castle had more than sixty rooms and cost ₤25,000 to build. It was destroyed by fire in 1909 and then partly rebuilt with thirty eight rooms. It is now planned to be centrepiece of the Mount Breckan redevelopment, losing its grounds to a housing estate.
Unusual Rat Cages: Rat Castle at Adelaide Zoo (Image: State Library SA B22105-35)
The Rat's Castle in Adelaide Zoo was on a completely different scale, but was a popular attraction in 1890. Interestingly there don't seem to be any fences which must have made it popular with neighbours.
Cudmore House on South Road (Image State Library SA B23418)
Cudmore House on South Road was another of the residential "castles" in Adelaide. Its crenellated roof gave it a very distinctive appearance, but little is known of it except that it was the home of William Humberstone around 1900. The area was once known as Cudmore Park, perhaps named after the house.
Another of Adelaide's historic houses is Dunluce Castle, Brighton. Its crenellated towers may conceal a dark secret - the ghost of original owner Reverend Alexander Macully. If a haunted castle in Adelaide is your thing, Dunluce Castle is open during South Australia's History Festival.
Carclew House is another of the heritage homes which sports spires like fairy tale castles, and its gardens are sought after for weddings. Auchendarroch House in Mount Barker has more of a fortress feel, but is an amazing heritage building.
A Temporary Castle in Glenelg (Image: State Library SA PRG-733-285)
Finally, Tranmere House is tucked away where casual searchers won't see it. This breathtaking palace with ornate cupolas was built in 1898 and has fortunately survived so far. It's just a pity that we can't appreciate heritage homes like this in their original setting.