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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.
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.
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
We jump ahead and see windows installed, but Cave still not complete
Cave now complete, rockwork finishing touches added, soil mulched
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 -
sandstone tiles and rockwork with white pointing; whitewashed wooden ceiling
Looking out the entrance door
But during building this was the view
Looking to the right
But during building this was the scene
Brick wall is being added
Some massive rocks were left in place, supported and integrated into the Sorcerer's Cave
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; kitchenette in distance
Seasonal waterfall outside kitchenette
Looking deeper into the Cave...
The same place but filled with soil and rocks!
Gradually the soil and rocks were removed...
...and breakthrough into the House was achieved!
Dining table (note breakthrough complete rear left)
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
Small water feature in lounge area
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
Bath with jets and a view; curtains with gold stars
Butterfly Haven Castle
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