Other Function Ideas available at The Mudcastle

  • Champagne Brunch
  • Mid Winter Castle Luncheon
  • Castle Tea and Tour
  • Private Dinner Party
  • Birthday Parties
  • Function Information

Breakfast at The Mudcastle

With or without champagne, this is a great way to start the day.

"Lovely Home. Cracker Breakfast."
Rowan Wood

"Keep your breakfast menu. The food was scrummy."
Brenda Bardsley

"Back here for our 1st wedding anniversary. Our wedding here was wonderful, have come back for more. The most amazing breakie! No need for lunch or dinner."
Gavin and Gen Davis

"Everything Perfect. Breakfast advertising misleading, substantial has to be the understatement of the century!"
Cate Devine

"Had a great time. Breakfast. What can one say. "WOW.""
Brian and Shelley Simpson 

Arrival time generally 9.30am - 10am 

  • Departure usually from 12 noon on
  • Minimum booking of 10 required
  • Cost per person $30.00 incl GST, drinks from the Bar extra
  • Some of the breakfast menu features: our own grapefruit in season, handmade Treacle Bread, freshly baked mini croissants and a full cooked breakfast including tiny Venison sausages accompanied by our own chutneys and sauces eg. Nashi and Date Chutney and Apple and Garlic Ketchup.

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Mid Winter Castle Luncheons at The Mudcastle

 - open for groups by arrangement 

"Delicious Food in Stunning Surroundings!"
Chris and Gay Molineaux

"Thanks Glenys & Kevin for an absolutely brilliant venue for celebrating our mother Jean's 80th birthday. Lots of positive comments from the guests about your place. And thanks for sharing your home with all of us. Great catering too."
Jenny Barrett

  • Arrival time generally 11.30am -  12 noon
  • Departure usually from 2 pm on
  • Minimum booking of 20 required
  • Cost per person $40.00 incl GST 
  • Mulled wine on arrival $6.00 per person incl GST
  • Drinks from the Bar extra
  • A guided tour of the Castle is included for those who are interested



Tureens of Spicy Homemade Tomato Soup served with

Tiny Loaves of Handmade Treacle Bread


Crackle Roasted Pork

with Roasted Apples and Traditional Gravy

Roasted Seasonal Vegetable Medley

Silverbeet, Mushroom and Fetta Fillo Slice


Steamed Pudding with Brandy Custard and Whipped Cream

Pavlova with Lemon and Passionfruit Cream Topping

Poached Tamarillos

Freshly Brewed Tuatara Coffee and a Selection of Teas 

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Castle Tea and Tour at The Mudcastle

This is an option for smaller groups to visit The Mudcastle on a Sunday afternoon (or any other weekday if you prefer) but we must have a minimum of 10 people booked on any given day. Once this number is reached, additional bookings of any size can be taken so, if you are thinking of treating someone special to a drive in the country and a Castle Tea and Tour on a Sunday afternoon, please ring Kevin or Glenys on 543 2113 to avoid disappointment.

Arrival Options 

2.00 pm  Castle Tea followed by  2.45pm Tour
2.45 pm  Tour followed by Castle Tea
3.00 pm  Castle Tea followed by 3.45p, Tour

So what is a Castle Tea?

We will be serving a selection of Mini Scones with Jam and Cream, Buttery Shortbread, Spicy Gingerbread Fingers and Fresh Fruit Skewers together with your choice of Tea, Coffee or Juice in the Main Banqueting Turret of the castle and you may choose to have this before or after your guided tour.

The Tour of  The Mudcastle will take approximately 15 - 30 minutes (but has been known to take an hour for those asking lots of questions) and it will take you, guided by one of us, through the home we have built from the clay on the property. The Mudcastle is not open to the public on a casual basis at any other time so this is your chance to have a look through our home and a Gift Voucher for one of these events may provide a solution for the 'hard to buy for' category.


Castle Tea on its own $15.00 per person incl GST
Castle Tour on its own $7.50 per person incl GST
Castle Tea and Tour $20.00 per person incl GST


Instead of a hot Tea or Coffee, enjoy a Wine or Beer with your Castle Tea for $20.00 incl GST ($25.00 incl GST with Tour) 


Upgrade your Castle Tea to a Royal Tea with a glass of Port or Baileys for $23.00 incl GST ($28.00 incl GST with Tour)

Children 5 - 12, Half Price, Children under 5 Free



Happy 80th birthday celebrations for Dylis Rutter at a recent Castle Tea with friends and family. The outing was organised by Dylis's daughter Chris and the photographer was Chris's daughter Huriana Lawrence.

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To enquire about making a booking, either email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring us on 543 2113.  Please note that we personally reply to every email so if you don't receive an acknowledgement, please follow up with a phone call. 

 "That afternoon we spent at your place was magic. Everyone really enjoyed it and appreciated being able to see your house. (Still talk about it too!) Thanks for taking such good care of us."
Maryanne Baker

Private Dinner Parties at The Mudcastle

A seasonal menu is written for your evening in your own private restaurant

As a private country home, The Mudcastle is an ideal location for intimate and special occasion gatherings - and because it is your function, you get to decide on the level of formality, fun or grandeur to suit.

"Gorgeous dinner."
Mrs Jane Cadbury,

"Finally stopped Mum from cooking! Superb meal, lovely night. Thanks."
Phillipa Morrison

"Thankyou for a wonderful evening. Your warmth and hospitality and attention to details are amazing. A wonderful meal fit for a King, appropriate in your stunning Castle. Thank-you."
Staff of Nelson Education Centre

Arrival time generally 6 pm -  6.30 pm
Departure usually from 11 pm on
Minimum booking of 20 required for a private dinner party
Menus written and priced according to numbers of guests 
Champagne Cocktail on arrival $7.50 per person incl GST
Drinks from the Bar extra
Exclusive use of the accommodation available

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Over night Birthday Parties or Children's Fantasy Birthday Parties in a Castle

The format for birthday parties is worked out with you on a case by case basis but here are some popular combinations of options.

  • 6 couples arrive late afternoon, check into their rooms and dress for dinner. Pre-dinner drinks and nibbles are served in the lounge followed by a sit down dinner in the main banqueting turret. Live entertainment is an option eg. musician, actor's skit or a murder mystery script written for the group. A dance is also an option eg. jukebox, band, DJ etc. A nightcap in the lounge over coffee (with a sliver of birthday cake as another option), an exclusive, overnight stay in the castle, a relaxed, late breakfast and a cruisy,midday checkout (or later if we don't have another function to prepare for). 

"This is a big, huge thank you to you both for hosting a fantastic party, a great night's sleep and a very delicious breakfast. Our whole family and all Mum's friends loved every minute of our time at your home and really appreciated all your hard work. Thanks again, Charmaine."
Charmaine Taylor's Mum''s 85th birthday - a Murder Mystery dinner, overnight stay and family breakfast
2 April 2011

Val Oliver's 85th birthday set up 
 Photo courtesy of Colin Taylor


  • A birthday lunch with toasts and speeches, musical items performed by the family and a cake.

"It's hard to believe it is over 4 mths since we celebrated my mother's 80th birthday at your wonderful establishment.  Everyone had a fantastic time and my mum was particularly impressed.  I think she felt that it was much more special than anything she had expected, and way better than a BBQ with all the family attending at her place.  Kevin was spot on with his timing for all things.  I guess practice leads to perfection, but I certainly appreciated the work done by you to make the day go flawlessly.Thanks again for such a wonderful, fabulous, and special day for our Mum."
Jenny Barrett's Mum's 80th birthday
16 January 2009

  • You provide the theming and the food for a children's fantasy party eg. princesses, Hogwarts, dungeons, dragons, pirates, Mad Hatter's Tea Party etc. and we provide the venue for an afternoon.

"EVERYONE has been talking about the Harry Potter party, I think you will be getting a few phone calls!"
Lisa Polack's 9 year old daughter's birthday
12 June 2011

Function Information for The Mudcastle

1. Optional Extras  

Unless included already as part of your chosen function format, optional extras for all kinds of functions include:

Wet Weather Cover
For additional usable area for your guests in the event of bad weather or as shade provision in the event of a hot day, a Forest Green marquee awning with medieval trim is available for installation on Black wrought iron spear-pointed stanchions for the patio outside the bar. $150.00 incl GST

Pre-Function Fingerfood
A changing variety of seasonal delicacies presented on garnished platters. POA

A Welcome Drink
Champagne Cocktails or Mulled Wine poured on arrival as an ice-breaker, Champagne Cocktails $7.50 incl GST per person, Mulled Wine $6.00 incl GST per person.

Decorative Touches
Should you wish to personalise your function eg. by bringing a cake or if you'd like some additional decorations at your table eg. your table banded with ribbon or balloons, there may be some items in the following list you may require or would like us to organise for you.

  • Black wrought iron braziers at the entrance on arrival or for the smokers alter, pair $90.00 including fuel (subject to a local fire ban being in force)
  • Cake table, cloth and Silver cake knife $30.00
  • Candelabra, Wrought iron, Black, 15 holder Buffet table centrepiece, complete with 15 Metallic candles, drilled $65.00
  • Candelabra, Wrought iron, Black, 8 holder hanging chandeliers, complete with Metallic Gold candles, throughout the main turret $175.00 (5 chandeliers, 40 candles) or $350.00 throughout the lower floors of the castle (10 chandeliers, 80 candles)
  • Candelabra, large Black wagon wheel chandelier set with pillar candles in the Bar $60.00
  • Chair covers, Cream calico, fitted, complete with Cream calico sash and bow, (50 only)
  • Chair covers, White Momie cloth, fitted (90 only)
  • Guest tables banded with coloured ribbon $1.00 per person
  • Tealight Lanterns, Glass and Black wrought iron for the posts of the patio outside the Bar $45.00
  • Other theming items
  • Special Effects
  • Balloons
  • Bernstein baby grand piano
  • Jukebox - Wurlitzer 

2. Getting Here

Click here to access a printable map showing directions to The Mudcastle.

3. Transport

Recommendations for guest transport include:
Bromells Bus Charter (03) 548 1619 Lee or Mike
Nelson SBL Services - (03) 548 3290 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Busworks Nelson 0800108855 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Motueka Bus Co. Ltd. - (03) 528 7040 Mike Thomas - After Hours (03) 528 4051
Supershuttle - Dave Comeskey - (03) 547 5782 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Pegasus Rental Cars - Nicki Downer - 0800 354 501 or (03) 548 0884 - Special price for 24 hour hire of 11 seater minibuses 

4. Confirmation and Cancellation Policies

Confirmation of your exclusive function booking is finalised with the payment of the required deposit. The deposit is non refundable unless we are able to replace your booking.
Final numbers and special diet requirements need to be confirmed one week before the function so that the catering quantities required can be calculated and supplies ordered. Please also remember to include any extra catering requirements eg. meals for busdrivers, musicians, photographers etc. if you intend for them to be fed.
"No shows" (where a group turns up with less people than they booked for) in the hospitality industry is a major problem affecting viability and The Mudcastle is not a restaurant where surplus food can be rolled out over the following days so it would be appreciated if every effort is made to provide accurate numbers when confirming.
If your function format has a minimum number requirement and, for whatever reason, you fall below that, you will be charged for the minimum number. 

Dinner theatre/play tickets.
Confirmation of your dinner theatre or play tickets is finalised with the payment for the required number of seats before the event. Any special diet requirements need to be conveyed at this time also.
The ticket price for any "no shows" from pre-paid bookings is not refundable unless we are able to replace your booking. We operate a waiting list and may have turned other bookings away so it is in everyone's interest that we are told as early as possible if anyone in your booking is, for whatever reason, unable to attend.
In the event of last minute bookings (ie. made in the actual week of the event), arrangements can be made to pay for the tickets at the Bar at the conclusion of the night when the booking's bartab is settled.
Any "no shows" from bookings that have booked on this understanding will be charged in full for the same reasons as above.

5. Our Special Requirements

Our only requests to you as guests in our home are, firstly, that footwear worn inside is not of the type that will damage our clay and timber floors ie. no fine high heels unless heel protectors are worn with them and, secondly, that a no smoking policy is observed inside. This last request is now law but the footwear issue is one that needs to be included on the invitations so that guests are aware.
Lastly, if babies and children are invited, they must be supervised at all times for their own safety. Hosts and parents need to feel comfortable that our furnishings and animals will be safe and that the enjoyment of other guests will not be disrupted.

6. Alcohol Policy

The Mudcastle buildings and the entire grounds are Fully Licensed giving us the flexibility to run outdoor bar stations for functions in any part of the grounds and for guests to wander around anywhere with a drink.
We are Fully Licensed to serve alcohol Monday - Sunday from 8am to 2am of the following day.

We can put together a unique selection for each function or we can use our Function Beverage List that provides juice and/or punch, a selection of beers and mid-priced wines aimed at keeping costs manageable. Whether spirits are made available for your function and on what terms (eg. able to be charged to the tab or available but at their cost) are your decisions to make and can be discussed at the time of confirmation so spirit stock levels can be checked and the barstaff advised. 
Please also advise the method by which the bar is to be run for your function eg. all on the one account, a bar limit then a cash bar, a cash bar from the start etc.
Bringing your own alcohol (BYO) is not an option.
A Sample Function Beverage List is provided below.

Sample Function Beverage List

Non Alcoholic

Fruit Punch $3.50 glass
Orange Juice $3.00 glass
Splits - Lemonade and Coke $2.50 glass
Sparkling Grape Juice $4.00 glass, $10.00 bottle

Beers  $7.00
A selection from DB Light Ice, Amstell Light,  
Speights, DB Draught, Export Gold, Speights Old Dark,

Mac's Gold, Monteiths Black, Red and/or Summer Ale (when available) Steinlager Pure, NZ Pure, Stoke Dark

Montana Lindauer Brut or Sec or Sauvignon $8.00 glass, $26.00 bottle

White Wine
Anchorage Riesling $8.00 glass, $35.00 bottle
Tasman Bay Pinot Gris $8.00 glass, $35.00 bottle
Seifried Estate Gewurztraminer $8.00 glass, $35.00 bottle
Neudorf Vineyards Sauvigon Blanc $8.00 glass, $35.00 bottle
Kahurangi Chardonnay $8.00 glass, $35.00 bottle
Seifried Estate Ice Wine 2004  375ml $8.00 glass, $35.00 bottle

Red Wine
Spinyback Cabernet Franc Syrah $8.00 glass, $35.00 bottle
Goose Bay Pinot Noir $8.00 glass, $35.00 bottle
Latitude 41 Pinot Noir $8.00 glass, $35.00 bottle

Spirits (doubles)
Gin, Bacardi, Vodka, Dark Rum, Brandy, Whisky, Bourbon, Jack Daniels $8.00

7. Curfew

Practically speaking, virtually none. In respect of noise issues, one huge advantage we have over other venues is that we are not situated in a built up area (and we have clay walls) so noise has never produced a problem for any of our neighbours. And as our liquor licence allows us to trade until 2 am, we are able to host functions catering to night owls if required.

8. Payment

Payment is required at the conclusion of the function with everything appearing on one account however individual bar tabs are possible.
Methods for payment are cash, cheque, Mastercard, Visa and Eftpos.
Please note that there is a 3% surcharge if it is intended that the entire function is to be paid by credit card.
For corporate functions, a 7 day account can be sent by prior arrangement. 

9. Gift Vouchers

Gift vouchers may be purchased for:
Dinner Theatre Evenings on dates we are open to the public
Castle Tea and Tour on dates we are open to the public
Accommodation after attending any function at The Mudcastle

10. Contact Details

Glenys or Kevin Johnston
Phone: (03) 543 2113
Fax: (03) 543 2113
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if anything needs clarification or if you have a variation on any of the above in mind. We wish you every success with planning your function and look forward to assisting you with it.