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Canterbury, New Zealand

This magnificent property is situated on a 4000-acre sheep and cattle farm in one of the world’s most spectacular coastal locations, not far from Christchurch in New Zealand’s South Island. Annandale is a coastal farm escape and luxury villa collection set amid a rugged landscape of hills and bays on Banks Peninsula. It offers the chance to experience rural New Zealand at its best and will appeal to those looking for an unforgettable, off-the-beaten track adventure in a relaxed and informal environment. Families are welcome.

The accommodation at Annandale is sublime. The historic farm features a beautifully renovated 19th century homestead with five bedrooms and superb facilities including an infinity pool, a spa pool and tennis courts. There are an additional three luxurious villas in spectacular locations, each offering entirely different experience. All villas are lavishly appointed and offer the utmost privacy and seclusion. Seascape, an ultra-modern retreat situated on a private bay with an outdoor fireplace and spa bath, offers the ultimate romantic experience.

The food at Annandale is exceptional. Enjoy fresh local produce and a host of dining options including lavish feasts prepared by your own private chef.

Annandale offers a wealth of opportunities for adventure, and the activities on offer are endless. Try your hand at cattle mustering; take a cookery class; or experience the countryside by helicopter. The waters surrounding the property are ideal for kayaking, sailing and nature cruises. For those who simply wish to relax and enjoy the tranquil seclusion, wander through the magnificent gardens or take a dip in the outdoor infinity pool. There is also a gym and a tennis court.

Annandale Information

  • Location: East of South Island, 1 hour 40 minutes from Christchurch Airport
  • Accommodation: Each of the villas are exclusive use. The Homestead (5 bedrooms, 12 guests), The Stables (2 bedrooms, 4 guests), Shepherd’s Cottage (1 bedroom, 2 guests), Scrubby Bay (3 bedrooms, 14 guests), Seascape (1  bedroom, 2 guests)
  • Activities: Hiking, biking, guided 4WD tour, watch sheep dogs at work, shearing shed, kayaking, paddle board, sailing, fishing charters, cooking classes, dolphin watching, penguin viewing, water skiing, jet boating
  • Facilities: All-weather tennis courts, gym, spa, outdoor heated pool, garden, library, drawing room, fully stocked kitchen
  • Weather: The best time to travel is from September to May.
  • Children: Welcome
  • Price Guide: From USD 540 per night (2 guests)

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Annandale Price Guide

3 out of 5

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Tried & Tested

Annandale is a collection of four separate properties located in Pigeon Bay, just east of Christchurch – The Homestead, Scrubby Bay, Seascape and Shepherd’s Cottage. Lightfoot’s New Zealand specialists, Mei Yun and Nikki, spent an evening at The Homestead and came back with this report.

The Homestead is a huge 5-bedroom house. Do you need to have a large group to stay?

The property is very spacious with four double rooms each with ensuite bathrooms. The fifth room is designed especially for kids and comes fitted out with four bunk beds and includes a secret door that leads down to the downstairs pantry – very cool! The whole house can sleep up to 12 guests, but that said, it’s perfectly fine for smaller groups to take it out. We’ve had single families stay for weeks at a time! While the house is large, it doesn’t feel overwhelming if you don’t fill every room.

What are the grounds like?

The grounds are huge – 4,000 acres to be exact! Right outside the property is a large vegetable garden where guests can pick their own produce for meals. There is a large infinity-edged swimming pool nearby, with a gym just above it with floor-to-ceiling windows. Adults can work out to these amazing views over the bay, whilst still keeping an eye on the kids as they play in the pool. There’s also a barbecue area by the pool which is great for the warmer, summer months.

What activities can you do from Annandale?

Farm tours are hugely popular as the grounds surrounding the properties are vast and very dramatic – think craggy cliffs and grassy plains dotted with sheep overlooking the shimmering bay. The gardener is quite a character and he leads tours through the garden – a recent client claimed the tour to be the highlight of their whole New Zealand experience! The seaside town of Akaroa is just 30 minutes away and guests can opt for nature cruises to see seals, dolphins, penguins and occasionally whales. There is a full size tennis court, croquet and a fernery on site, and they can organise horse riding nearby.

What is the dining like?

There are two options for dining, the first being a private chef who prepares full meals for guests. The second is your chef will prep the provisions and then the clients cook – a “we create, you serve” type of mentality. The dinner we had whilst there was delicious, and it’s great to have both of those options, especially for guests who are there on longer stays. If guests wish to dine out, the restaurants in Akaroa are a 30-minute drive away.