Everything about the Little White Castle is like a fairytale and has been from the day that we bought it. That is one of the reasons we use “Once Upon A Time” as our slogan in our logo design.
The other purpose of the slogan is to inform everyone, that they should stay at least once at our Little White Castle during their travel in Iceland. The logo itself was designed by my husband Thorsteinn, trying to reflect the true magic of the castle.
No one could have imagined all the work that lay ahead in our project of making our ugly little duckling into what it is today. We’d probably never would have done it if we’d known. 100’s of times during the creation, my husband would say: “We’ll never be able to finish this” and every time I would say: “Let’s at least take the first step” The picture shows us with our moms getting our first reward from our community for the restoration & design.
The Little White Castle was build in the year 1932 & instantly became known as the White Castle. The picture above was taken 1946 and it portraits how the surrounding are used to look like. The Littl White Castle was considered one of the most beautiful houses in town during this period.
Noticing the potentials, we bought the Little White Castle from an elderly woman by the name of Ragnheiður Jónsdóttir, who was well known in town for her kindness and helpfulness. The Castle had stood empty for many months since Ragnheiður had to relocate to an elderly home at the age of 91. She unfortunately died only 3 months after we bought the Little White Castle but we believe she is still with us, guarding the castle.
In the first two years we renovated the inside of the castle and made plans & drawings on how we wanted to rebuild the little castle to regain its former beauty. Walls were resurfaced & new Merlons formed and placed on top of them. The basement was dug out, isolated & divided into more rooms. Electricity & waterpipes renewed, roof isolated & covered with new material.
In our effort to create a calm haven in our garden from the north wind, we build a wall with an arch door for entering. At the same time we hired a contractor with excavator & trucks to clear the ground for the new building & the in-ground patio behind the Little White Castle.
In order for us to make the new building as wide as possible & use the whole width of our lawn, we got this crazy idea to build one of the walls laid down on the foundation floor. When the concrete had hardened, we got the biggest crane available to lift it into place. Crazy ideas work sometimes .
To be honest, the garden was not very appealing in the beginning, so we decided to completely redesign it. We hate to throw things away, so we gave the old trees to some of our neighbors & bought new ones. After gathering all kinds of materials found in nature, rocks, driftwood, whalebone, rusted metal & other interesting materials, we started creating.
Every morning before work during spring & summer, we would start our day planting, creating & nourishing every corner of our garden. It was not long until it all was rewarded back to us. The Secret Garden blossomed & it's been a privilige to witness the transformation through the years.
You might think that we've finished the project. Actually, with a project like this, you never finish. We are still adding more items & details to our creation. One of the best thing about every little item in our garden is, that there is always a story behind it worth telling.
Little White Castle
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