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Starry, starry night.
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Master bedroom
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Master bedroom view
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Second bedroom
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rustic country haven

Rangiwahia, Manawatu-Whanganui

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Sleeps up to 6
From $140 tonight
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Sleeps up to 6
From $140 tonight

On-going Special - BOOK 4 PAY 3
Book a four-night stay and receive one night for free!
We have two holiday houses on the farm: the Villa, which is the original farm house set in large grounds, and the Retreat, a 3 1/2 storey architect designed house built in the 1970s by my husband, an architect and a school teacher. The Retreat is very private, set in a stand of 1000 year old native ...

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Essential Stay Info

Access to lakes, rivers, streams & beaches
Dogs Welcome
Rural Views
Shared Bathroom
Unique Accommodation
Whole House

Check in time: 4.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Check out time: 11.00 a.m.

Eating and Drinking
The double glass entrance doors open into a separate dining room with a bed-sized window seat, and a hand made dresser with all plates and cutlery. A fully equipped kitchen with electric stove, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, as well as an old-fashioned woodburning Shacklock stove - for the pioneers! It has a sun-drenched conservatory leading off it, which is perfect for your morning coffee. The pantry has a selection of glasses and cups, as well as various cooking utensils and sugar, salt, pepper etc. There's also a toaster, electric kettle and coffee pod machine. On the back porch is a 5 burner gas BBQ.

Bedding Configuration
Bedroom 1: 1 x Queen Bed with doors onto a balcony with a view down the valley Bedroom 2: 1 x Double Bed Bedroom 3: 2 x Single Beds up ladder stairc...

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More info about the property
Three and a half storey architect-designed 1970s house, built of old brick and timber. Set amongst 1000 year old native trees with a view of the valleys and hills. Open plan, with two decks and a cons...

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Unique kiwi experiences for you

We have a horse stud on the property, owned by our son and daughter-in-law, so at certain times of the year there are foals to be visited.
We are 10 minutes from Awastone Rafting Centre and café, where you can have rafting or kayaking excursions, and enjoy a delicious bar meal at the Café.
We are on the Manawatu Scenic Route, which is also part of the Manawatu Cycle Way, between Mangaweka and Palmerston North.

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What we love about this property

Set in the scenic Manawatu/Rangitikei hill country, halfway between Rotorua and Wellington, we have a haven of peace and beauty. A real retreat from the city bustle, people love to wake to a chorus of...

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Activities on or nearby this property

Farm Animals to Meet
Hiking | Tramping
Nature Walks
Star Gazing


Bath tub
DVD Player
Electric blankets
Fridge (or cooling facility) available
Gas available
Hair dryer
Heating (electric, gas or fireplace)
Hot Water Available
Linen Provided
No Mobile Service
North Island
Picnic Table
Property Manager on site
Rubbish bin
Sealed roads only
Towels Provided
Washing Machine
Wifi Available

Drive Times

Auckland: 5h 30m
Hamilton: 4h
Tauranga: 4h
Taupo: 2h 15m
Wellington: 3h


Great location, friendly helpful hosts, fascinating house with fabulous views. Had everything we needed for our 4 night stay to explore the region.
Jane - Jan 2024

Our family group of 5 plus a toddler plus family dog had a very relaxing break away. We especially loved the huge lawns with the beautiful tall trees that provided cool shade on hot afternoons. The villa was quaint and quirky, very comfortable and spacious. We spent most of our indoors time in the very well equipped kitchen and dining room as 2 of our group found their allergies flared up when in the lounge. Unfortunately the rivers (on the farm and nearby) were unsuitable for swimming at this time, but we still had a great holiday. Our hosts were very welcoming - many thanks.
Ruth - Dec 2022

About your host, Sue

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We, Sue & David, have been hosting people for 35 years. We are fortunate to have our son Matt and daughter-in-law Leonie, who have a Sport Horse Stud, now living on the farm, so it is really a family business. They help us with the hosting, taking total control during the winter months when David and I guide people in Europe. That is our "winter" business, but of course it will not be possible to travel there this year so we will be looking forward to hosting fellow New Zealanders here at home!

Questions and Answers

Question: HI there, The retreat looks like a gorgeous place to stay. Just 1 question, I am looking at making a booking for 2 adults and 3 children for 2 nights in May (26 and 27). Is there a blanket fee for adults and children? Or is there a children's rate? Thanks
asked by Toby on 17/04/2023 20:45

Answer: Hi Toby There is a half price rate for children under 14. But the house is not really suitable for very young children as the twin bedroom is up a vertical ladder! I guess it depends if your children are adventurous or not! Cheers Sue
answered by Sue on 18/04/2023 10:11

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