Gorgeous country retreat in the South Island

Gorgeous country retreat in the South Island




Feb 2016

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 5
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Century-old villa in peaceful rural setting. Sleeps up to four people. Enjoy open fires, an outdoor bath, fruit and vegetables from the garden, and taste the best of New Zealand country life.

The house is in the central South Island, three hours from Queenstown, two hours from Aoraki Mt Cook and Lake Tekapo, and three hours from Christchurch.

It’s situated in a beautiful country area dotted with sheep, beef and dairy farms. There's a country pub five minutes away by car. The little country town of Waimate is about 15 minutes away. Be prepared for total relaxation and switching off from the world.

This warm and welcoming house has been faithfully restored over the years. It has beautiful timber floors, a modern kitchen, modern bathroom (tiled, underfloor heating), a new laundry, and a wood burner, and heat pump. The furnishings are a mix of modern and antique, and the walls are adorned with New Zealand art.

Comfortably sleeps four people - one king bed and one queen bed.

You have access to the house, and the surrounding garden and orchard where you can pick your own fruit - pears, plums, apricots - during January, February, and March. You’re welcome to eat vegetables and herbs from the garden as well.

Cellphone coverage is patchy; there's a land-line you can use.

The studio building that you see as you enter the property may also be available for your use - please enquire.


More about us

  1. We're a couple with a grown-up family.

  2. Susan is a writer, and Cliff runs his own company mapping farms.

  3. We love nature, art, books, and music, and our home and garden reflects this.

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Where is it?


Buzzy restaurants
http://www.riverstonekitchen.co.nz ; http://theoxford.co.nz; http://www.pointbush.co.nz - restaurant and vineyard
Cool bars
Waihao Forks Hotel - a country pub five minutes drive from the cottage.
Cozy cafés
Oamaru (40 mins away).
Retail therapy
Towns of Timaru and Oamaru.
Bit of culture
Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru; Historic Oamaru artisans and craftspeople.
Walks in the park
Knottingley Park, Waimate; and there are many walking tracks around Waimate - there's a guide for you in the cottage.
Spot of exercise
Walking, cycling, hunting.
Day tripping
If you want to get busy, activities can include walking and cycling tracks, vineyards, lakes, historic towns, wallaby hunting, and fishing. There's an award-winning restaurant, Riverstone Kitchen, 35 minutes drive by car.

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