About this listing
Looking for character? Stay in our new lodge on a farmlet close to all beautiful sights of the Nelson Tasman area. This room has a super-king bed and gorgeous views.
The Pear Orchard sits slightly elevated within an idyllic rural setting in Hope, just outside Richmond, overlooking the Waimea Plains with its orchards, wineries and incredible produce. The farmlet comprises an orchard of approximately 1,200 pear trees, paddocks housing a few cows and lambs and a large pond.
The newly built Pear Orchard Lodge has seven bedrooms, a large open plan kitchen and dining area for shared use, a large covered verandah and a number of bathrooms.
The Lodge is double-glazed and insulated to a high standard, utilises solar water heating technology and an efficient log burner, heating the building with renewable resources grown on the farm. Energy-wise appliances and light bulbs reduce the power consumption even further.
This bedroom is situated upstairs in the lodge. The warm and sunny room has idyllic views across our pond and the Waimea Plains. In the backdrop you can see Tasman Bay and the mountain ranges of the Kahurangi National Park.
Also see our listing for other rooms, including rooms with private balcony, private ensuite bathroom, a bunkroom and the separate sleep out/cabin.
We offer fresh farm produce at the lodge, such as free range eggs, organic vegetable from our garden, home baked bread and pear juice. Guests are welcome to self-cater and use the shared spacious lodge kitchen, dining area (with a log burner) and outdoor barbeque. Alternatively we can offer breakfast if requested for a small additional charge. Our breakfast options generally include some of our own produce, such as pear juice, jams and honey as well as our freshly baked bread.
One of the shared lodge bathrooms has a luxurious bath, blissful after a busy day out exploring! Our hay barn, next to the lodge building doubles as a covered play area with a football table.
Laundry services are available. WiFi access is free.
Our guests are welcome to explore the farm. Meet our friendly chickens, ducks (perhaps even sample some of their eggs for breakfast!) and geese, enjoy having fantail follow you amongst the pear trees, spot our local kingfisher, wood pigeons and birds of prey! There are lots of quail about, the odd pheasant and of course our resident paradise ducks on the pond.
Interaction with guests
We live in the farmhouse across the driveway, so we are always available if you need any assistance. We can issue tickets for Wilsons Abel Tasman and Sea Shuttle and can advise on lots of things to do in the area.
A perfect base to explore the Top of the South and the Nelson region! Just outside Richmond, close to stunning beaches, great walking tracks and the famous Tasman Great Taste Cycle Trail.
Head out to enjoy the amazing views from the top of the Barnicoat Range - the track literally starts at our doorstep. Or head to the near Aniseed Valley for some great walks (day hikes as well as overnight options). Enjoy a day's cycling along the new Tasman Great Taste Trail - from our place, the trails lead through orchards towards the wineries of Brightwater and further out to Wakefield, or along Rabbit Island and the Moutere coast to Mapua, or even right into Nelson.
If you're feeling lazy, have a relaxing day at the beach or stop at a local winery, restaurant or cafe at Mapua Wharf, Upper Moutere or in the Waimea Plains.
Richmond, our local town, is just 5min away and offers all the daily conveniences: supermarkets, cafes, restaurants and shops.
Within a radius of 20 minutes drive you can reach lovely Nelson with its famous Farmers Market, art galleries, cafes and restaurants, and heritage buildings, the stunning beaches of Rabbit Island, amazing walking tracks starting from the Aniseed Valley, arty Mapua, Ruby Bay and Tasman, as well as historic Wakefield and Brightwater, the German village of Sarau (Upper Moutere) and Motueka. Another 20 minutes take you to Kaiteriteri, the Abel Tasman National Park or to St. Arnaud and the pristine Nelson Lakes. Even the Marlborough Sounds are just about 1 hour's drive from our house.
We can organise airport pick ups, collect you from the Richmond bus depot if you are travelling without a car or arrange pick ups/drop offs to Hackett Picnic Area if you are hiking the Te Araroa Trail. We offer free bikes to guests, for exploring the local area.
Other things to note
Please note that you will share The Pear Orchard Lodge with other guests. This includes the kitchen, BBQ and dining area where guests often get together the big farm table in the evening. Most of our guests love this about the lodge, however if you are more of a 'hotel' person, this may not be the option for you.
Please ask prior to your booking if you would like to stay with children.
We are fairly flexible - no smoking in the lodge, no pets without prior approval.
Generally check in from 2pm and check out by 10am.
As we have a few animals on the farm, we ask that you leave gates as you find them. You are welcome to participate as much or as little as you like with the animals.
After living overseas for several years, my husband Timo and I returned to New Zealand, and after a few years in Auckland decided to relocate to Nelson where we now live on a small farmlet and pear orchard. We have two young children, and love travelling and spending time outdoors.