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Butterfly Haven Castle - Sorcerer's Cave

Sorcerer's Cave was suitable for wizards, warlocks, witches and sorcerers.
Non-magical people could also book to stay here.

Exterior of Sorcerer's Cave with House above and Castle afar
A mass of soil and rock was removed from below the House to create the Sorcerer's Cave.
In this photo, its entrance is next to the huge rock in the photo's centre.
The next photos shows the process of removing the soil and earth.

Huge rocks in the soil and rock removal process
A couple of massive rocks were too big to handle, visible in this photo.
They could not be incorporated in the Cave design. So, they were drilled deeply a few times. Then non-explosive demolition agents were inserted in the drilled holes.
In a few hours the rocks broke apart.


More soil and rocks have been removed
More soil and rocks have been removed

We jump ahead and see windows installed, but Cave still not complete
We jump ahead and see windows installed, but Cave still not complete

Cave now complete, rockwork finishing touches added, soil mulched
Cave now complete, rockwork finishing touches added, soil mulched

Sorcerer's Cave entrance
Let us now enter the Sorcerer's Cave. It was approached along the House's lower level patio, then through a gap between the ornate wall and the huge rock.

Inside Sorcerer's Cave
Inside Sorcerer's Cave -
sandstone tiles and rockwork with white pointing; whitewashed wooden ceiling

Looking out the entrance door
Looking out the entrance door

But during building this was the view
But during building this was the view

Looking to the right
Looking to the right

But during building this was the scene
But during building this was the scene

Brick wall is being added
Brick wall is being added

Some massive rocks were left in place, supported and integrated into the Sorcerer's Cave
Some massive rocks were left in place, supported and integrated into the Sorcerer's Cave

Previously... the massive rocks stand out in this photo
Previously... the massive rocks stand out in this photo. The waterproofing is normally done on the external of walls, but this was impractical in this project. So, to prevent flooding from seasonal streams, the waterproofing was on the inside of the brick walls. Then concrete foundation was poured. Then sandstone tiles and cladding was added.

Then furnishing and decoration were added
Then furnishing and decoration were added; kitchenette in distance

Kitchenette
Kitchenette

Seasonal waterfall outside kitchenette
Seasonal waterfall outside kitchenette

Looking deeper into the Cave...
Looking deeper into the Cave...

The same place but filled with soil and rocks!
The same place but filled with soil and rocks!

Gradually the soil and rocks were removed...
Gradually the soil and rocks were removed...

...and breakthrough into the House was achieved!
...and breakthrough into the House was achieved!

Breakthrough close-up
Breakthrough close-up

Dining table (note breakthrough complete rear left)
Dining table (note breakthrough complete rear left)

Lounge area from a distance
Lounge area from a distance (note the embedded square rock 'painting' above sofa, created using unusual and semi-precious stones)

Glass window block feature with candle holder embedded in rock
Glass window block feature with candle holder embedded in rock

Small water feature in lounge area
Small water feature in lounge area

Dining table & carved door
The arched door was beautifully carved on one side (somewhat visible here) -
this led to a young sorcerers bedroom and the bathroom


Young sorcerers bedroom
Young sorcerers bedroom

Sorcerer's bathroom
Sorcerer's bathroom

Sorcerer's basin
Sorcerer's basin

Bath with jets and a view; curtains with gold stars
Bath with jets and a view; curtains with gold stars
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