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♜ Experience rustic Royalty in your Castle kingdom

Castle hosted by Roy
6 guests3 bedrooms5 beds1 bath
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You’ll have the castle to yourself.
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Stay in the iconic Ridge Castle, one of the Ridge's most photographed mining camps. (not to be confused with Amigo's Castle - close by in another Kingdom. You will have the entire castle to yourselves.

See extensive views from your turret. Marvel at the amazing stone work. Enjoy some of the quirky features including the use of car doors for windows. Instagram heaven!

Though you will feel like Royalty, remember this is a genuine mining camp on the Ridge so don't expect five star accommodation.

The space
The Ridge Castle is not just a quirky structure. It was for decades home to local miners. As with most camps in Lightning Ridge, the Castle features rustic living.

There is an internal basic bathroom with hot water for the shower or bath. The kitchen does have a microwave, fridge and enough kitchenware to cook up a small banquet.

Though we are on solar power, it is not strong enough to run the split system air-conditioner. We can turn the generator on though each night for 3 hours to provide some warmth in the lounge room. Warm clothes will be needed inside during winter!

Or have an open fire in the Palace Grounds. We’ll provide the firewood.

There are 3 bedrooms. One features a Queen bed (of course!) whilst the others have singles. We provide all linen and towels.

The open lounge area is spacious and comfortable. A large flat screen TV is situated in a massive stone fireplace. A Moran leather lounge to relax into.

Did we mention the turret? Perfect for watching one of the classic Ridge Sunsets. Or stunning views of the Western Plains. Or just for waving to the peasants as they drive past taking photos of your kingdom!

Staying in the Castle is an experience you won't forget. The perfect base to explore the mining fields of Lightning Ridge. The famous Artesian Bore Baths are a short drive or long stroll away.

As with most Castles worldwide, the Ridge Castle is mostly closed to the public. It is on rare occasions we open it up for guests to experience what would be the most unique accommodation experience you will have.

Guest access
Apart from being able to use the Castle itself, you are welcome to enjoy the Palace Grounds. Though there is a small swimming pool, it is currently set aside for frogs and a few goldfish only.

There is a working mine on site which you cannot go down. (We will be on site mining however so will be more than happy to show you any of our finds! If not, you can see all the dirt we dig up instead....)

There are wood fired stoves and water systems in the Castle, but these cannot be used. Just admired.

The current Royal Princes will be on site staying in the "Motel" alongside the Castle. We'll keep out of your way but can grant you an audience from time to time.

Other things to note
This is a rustic mining camp. This is why you are coming to experience life like the locals. It is not the Hilton so Paris would be sad.

Winter nights in the Ridge can get cold. There is no internal heating however we can fire up the generator for 3 hours each night so you can use the heating side of the split system air-conditioner. Our solar stored energy is not strong enough to run the heating system without the generator.

You can have an open campfire in one of the Palace Courtyards though. Or perhaps the turret even. We suggest warm clothes for inside and outside.

There is an active mine on site. We currently call it a dirt mine. One day we hope to call it an Opal mine.

Though the Castle could accommodate an invading army, we allow a maximum of 6 guests. No children under 16 years old please.
Stay in the iconic Ridge Castle, one of the Ridge's most photographed mining camps. (not to be confused with Amigo's Castle - close by in another Kingdom. You will have the entire castle to yourselves.

See extensive views from your turret. Marvel at the amazing stone work. Enjoy some of the quirky features including the use of car doors for windows. Instagram heaven!

Though you will feel like Royalty, remember this is a genuine mining camp on the Ridge so don't expect five star accommodation.

The space
The Ridge Castle is not just a quirky structure. It was for decades home to…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Bedroom 3
2 single beds

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Free parking on premises
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Kitchen
TV
Private entrance
Hangers
Laptop-friendly workspace
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Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia

The Ridge Castle is located on Simms Hill. The highest point of Lightning Ridge. The views are excellent. The famous artesian bore baths are less than 2km away. They are free and a must do.

To access the Ridge Castle, there is approximately 1km of dirt road. No worries for cars - even if it is raining. Even our Royal Carriage has never been bogged.

The Ridge Castle is surrounded by mining claims. Though shafts are always meant to be covered, we do ask you take particular care if wandering about. Other attractions nearby include Amigo's Castle, The Black Queen and The Observatory. We can point out a few other local attractions as well. There are many!
The Ridge Castle is located on Simms Hill. The highest point of Lightning Ridge. The views are excellent. The famous artesian bore baths are less than 2km away. They are free and a must do.

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Hosted by Roy

Joined in October 2016
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Retired School Principal. Married with two grown daughters. Live in Batemans Bay, NSW, Australia. Enjoy flying my planes, running and horses.
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  • Peter And Wendy
During your stay
Some Princes and Princesses may be on site along with their Royal Canines. (Not Corgis). They will be seeking their fortune literally many metres below your feet. Their chest of jewels is sadly diminished so they are in constant hope of swelling the coffers for the Castle so they can move back into their Kingdom. In the meantime, it is yours to enjoy.
Some Princes and Princesses may be on site along with their Royal Canines. (Not Corgis). They will be seeking their fortune literally many metres below your feet. Their chest of je…
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House rules
Check-in: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Checkout: 11:00 am
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
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