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Exterior 2
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Exterior 1
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Master bedroom
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stunning historic retreat

Rangiwahia, Manawatu-Whanganui

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Sleeps up to 10
From $100 tonight
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Sleeps up to 10
From $100 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

Breakfast Available
Dinner Available
Access to lakes, rivers, streams & beaches
Children Welcome
Dogs Welcome
Family Friendly
Farmstay experience
Rural Views
Unique Accommodation

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

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.

Bedding Configuration
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...

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More info about the property
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 kee...

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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

Nature Walks
Star Gazing


2WD caravan accessible
Bath tub
Caravan accessible
Drinking Water
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
RV/Motorhome accessible
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!

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