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 ...
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 trees.
People love to walk on the hills, swim in the river, play tennis, petanque, croquet, trout fish in the wider region... or just relax on the deck with a wine or beer .
Wi-Fi is freely available in both houses, as well as a good supply of firewood. There is a TV in the Retreat but not in the Villa (we tried to keep the Villa as authentic as possible, but with mod cons as well!).
Each house has a BBQ with gas bottle supplied. There's also a full kitchen and a laundry.
Essential Stay Info
Eating and Drinking
Full kitchen with electric stove, microwave, refrigerator, freezer and a wood burner which can also heat the water. There is a dining table in the kitchen, plenty of plates, cutlery, glasses, cups and mugs.
Lunch Not Available
Bedroom 1: Queen Bed with ensuite
Bedroom 2: Queen Bed
Bedroom 3: 2 x Single Bed
Bedroom 4: 2 x Single Bed
And a Double Sofa Bed in the second liv...
115 year old homestead set in spacious lawns, with rambling roses and fruit trees, which can accommodate up to 10 people, with a verandah on two sides of the building.
We have tried to keep the villa as it was 100 years ago, but with the addition of modern amenities. There are two living rooms with open fires, and in the large living room there is a small pool table. There is no television reception, though there is a television for DVDs. There is also good free Wi-Fi. There is an ensuite bedroom with shower & toilet, a main bathroom with clawfoot bath and toilet, a separate shower room, and a third exterior toilet. Also a laundry with large washing machine.
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...
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 birdsong, or be awed by the starry skies, unpolluted by light. There's so much history here, as the farm has been in the Sweet Family for 115 years, so guests love the feeling of permanence.
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!
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