About This Listing
*2 rooms available. This listing is for one room. Please see our other listing (#433664) if you would like to book the other room as well.*
There are 2 rooms available, each with a double bed and a view over the garden. We are able to provide a mattress for extra people (in the same room) if need be. Both rooms share a bathroom.
Set in the foothills of the Ruahine Ranges, this 100 year old homestead is a welcome reprieve from the hustle and bustle of city life. The extremely private property is surrounded by an extensive garden and the beautiful Makaretu river valley. The trees are home to a spectacular variety of bird life including kereru, bellbirds and moreporks who swoop through the (email hidden)rt of the property that borders the river has been put into QEII reserve and is full of native flora and fauna.
This is the perfect spot to come and relax in the garden, by the open fire or as a gateway to explore the Ruahine Ranges and all they have to offer.
The menagerie of animals add to the character of the property, with chickens, ducks, pet sheep, pigs, horses and a very friendly dog who all love a bit of attention. We also welcome any furry companions you may have with you by negotiation. Please ask us if you have any queries about bringing your pets be it a horse, dog or anything in between.
In the surrounding area are a number of boutique vineyards including Junction run by John and Jo Ashworth just a 10 minute drive away. Their award-winning wines and warm hospitality are not to be missed.
Norsewood is our closest town about 10 minutes drive away. Dannevirke and Waipukurau approximately a half hour drive where you can find restaurants, cafes, supermarkets and anything else you may need.
We will provide breakfast - homemade muesli, toast and a selection of spreads, coffee, tea or juice. We can offer other meals by arrangement.
*Smoking permitted outside. Please use the ashtrays provided.
*We have satellite broadband and have a cap on usage. We ask that guests respect that our internet is not unlimited.
*Although all our animals are friendly, care still needs to be taken. Please ask if you are unsure.
Kerry and Marty were extremely accommodating, considerate, and helpful hosts. They went out of their way to make us comfortable, and we felt like we were staying with friends. The garden and animals were so beautiful...Also the food was delicious; the eggs Marty made were absolutely legendary!
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I wish I could have spent more time at Kerry and Marty's place - such a cool spot out in the countryside! They were amazing hosts too, so friendly and really welcoming - they even cooked dinner!
The house itself is everything promised in the photos and heaps more... friendly animals (pigs!!), breathtaking views across the valley and a super comfy bed... what more could you need? I'll definitely be back!
Great hosts and lovely food. If your heading north from Wellington and need a place to stay that's peaceful and a great country experience then this is for you. The pet pigs, dog, sheep and horses plus ducks were fun to see in the morning too.
Good stories kept us entertained and there is no BYO charge for corkage haha!
To be honest I'm not even sure where to begin with this amazing experience. The farm house is a getaway dream. So peaceful and quiet. Yes, a tad out of the way but I would make the trek back in a heartbeat. The room and bed were super comfortable. But really, its the hosts, Kerry and Marty (along with Mono the lab and Barry the lamb) that make this such a memorable experience. To be honest, I was quite sad to leave as it felt I was leaving old friends!
What a fabulous experience! We regret only having booked 2 nights with Kerry and Marty.
Our boys (2and 5 year old) had a blast. They were busy bottle feeding the baby lamb, playing with the friendly dog and checking on the pigs, geese and horses, collecting firewood for the BBQ in the evening and playing at the swing below the garden tree.
The place has a huge gorgeous garden which settles in beautifully in the serene lush and green surrounding hills.
We loved their home made breakfast muesli and home made marmalade.
Kerry was not around but Marty was the perfect host. Thank you so much.
We loved the rural setting of this home. Kerry and Marty were very welcoming and even greeted us with a terrific pasta dinner! Totally unexpected. They were a friendly laid back couple. The bedrooms and bathroom were so comfortable. We loved the tour of the farm the next morning. What a wonderful spot.
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