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THE CROFT

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THE CROFT New Zealand

Set high on the hill with an uninterrupted view of the Pacific Ocean and Kaikoura Ranges in the distance, this charming and secluded rural escape makes for a perfect getaway location.

The Details

Sleeps
Up to 2

Bedrooms 1
1 Kingsize 

Bathrooms
1 En suite bath + Shower

Features
Pantry Items
Ocean views
Sun loungers
BBQ 
Parking
Garden
Outside bath
Fully equipped kitchen
Access to a private helipad

Nearby
Beach
Watersports
Fishing
Horse Riding
Tourist Attractions
Walking
Golf
Fitness
Cycling
Tennis

Connectivity
Spark service but no wi-fi

Your Home Escape includes
Linen 
Towels 
Bathroom products

Make it extra special
Private chef
We Create, You Serve
Spa treatments
Flowers and chocolate
Champagne
Chauffeur
[see Extra's page for more]

Children
Welcome but only one bedroom

Pets
No Sorry

Arrive | Depart
3.30pm | 10.30am

Additional information
This property is not wheelchair accessible

Mobile Coverage
Good

Facilities

  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Coffee maker
  • Blender
  • Pasta machine
  • Fridge freezer
  • Ice machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Private laundry facilities
  • Hair dryer
  • Helipad
  • Open Fireplace
  • Children welcome
  • Cot/high chair available
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • BBQ
  • Walking
  • Horse riding
  • Golf
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Bay Fishing
  • Tourist attractions
  • Nature Cruising
  • Farm Tours
  • Mountain Biking
  • 4WD Motorbike Adventure
  • Clay Target Shooting
  • Massages
  • Yoga
  • Art Classes
  • Cooking Classes
  • Helicopter Scenic Flights
  • Nature Tour
  • Wine and Heritage

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Indulge in a simpler way of life with uninterrupted view of the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean and the snowy peaks of the Kaikoura Ranges in the far distance, this charming and secluded rural escape, less than two hours from central Christchurch, makes a perfect romantic getaway.
On arrival at the farm one of the drivers will escort you on a spectacular 30 minute 4WD journey across the cliff top farm tracks to this exclusive and remote escape. Previously only enjoyed by generations of farm shepherds it has now been carefully restored and extended to ensure a romantic and memorable stay. Relax in the outside bathtub at the end of the day and snuggle up on the sheepskins in front of the open fire before heading upstairs to the warm bedroom under the eaves.

With outdoor bathtub, extensive ocean and farm views, an outdoor fully equipped kitchen and access to a private helipad. Whether you are taking time out to celebrate, writing a book or just reading one, the isolation and historic ambience of this unique location will inspire you. In this one bedroom croft you can soak up the rustic but homely ambience while enjoying welcome snacks of kumara chips, toasted brazil nuts, blue cheese on crackers and Central Otago dried apricots.
With the pitched roof raised to convert this century old abode into a double storey building, with the bedroom in the rafters and living quarters downstairs - this escape with its luxury new touches still manages to retain the spirit of a small farmhouse. The shepherds' names carved on the fireplace and marks on the floorboards are part of the patina of the this properties early life. Mod cons, such as the fridge and dishwasher, have been hidden behind wooden facades and pleasingly, for some, no television is to be found! The wooden furniture is full of character, with soft, cream wool throws and cushions. An outdoor clawfoot bath, complete with a bottle of bath salts calling your name!

Jump on a mountain bike and enjoy the freedom of roaming the property at will and on return take the credit and slip out the side door to enjoy the outdoor bath. Guests can also do farm tours, nature cruises, fishing charters, cooking classes and sea kayaking, but we think guests will be loving doing very little! Make use of the "We create, you serve” service - a concept that works brilliantly. Considering the croft is half an hour from THE MAIN HOUSE headquarters, it means food is pre cooked by the experts and placed in the fridge. That leaves guests to do some basic reheating and assembly from the heritage garden [even the sauce bottles come with instructions] and voila, a five-star dinner! 

From the library read about the history of the farm as far back as the 1840s – situated on what was the main overland track from Akaroa to Lyttelton – was rarely without guests. Up to eight schooners were often anchored in the bay, so the Hays, a hardy Scots family, built a guesthouse to accommodate the growing number of tourists. 

Time in THE CROFT on the tussocky knoll overlooking the sea, with fine food, an outdoor bath and only a wayward possum for company, pure luxury.

The Philosophy
Fresh and delicious local produce is a hallmark of a stay at THE CROFT. Working closely with the gardeners and farm management the award winning chef to ensure we can offer the freshest ingredients, sourced straight from the farms land and extensive gardens and orchard. 
With the Farm to Table guests can enjoy the edible garden which holds a large variety of vegetables and herbs and the heritage orchard contains numerous varieties of apples, pears and plums. Hand select fruit from the heritage trees and vegetables from the edible gardens and forage the bay surrounds for wild edibles all to shape the food that is cooked and presented each day.
This philosophy embraces THE passion for sourcing as many ingredients as possible in season and from local growers and suppliers to our properties. Thus, for the ingredients that cannot be sourced for this escape directly from the farm, we operate within a 100km food footprint working closely with our suppliers to complete the THE experience. 

Dining Options
Please refer to THE EXTRAS tab - cuisine will be an experience to savour with whichever dining option you choose  – from cuisine created and delivered directly to your escape for enjoyment at your leisure to a private chef dinner.

Activities/Extras
Nature cruising in the properties own power boat, kayaking, farm tours, walking and hiking, mountain biking, 4WD motorbike adventure, clay target shooting, cooking classes, private chef, massage, yoga, art classes, personal training, you have the option of it all, please refer to THE Extras page for more details.

Location
THE CROFT is set high on the hill with an uninterrupted view of the Pacific Ocean and Kaikoura Ranges in the distance a leisurely hour’s drive south from Christchurch, ticks all our boxes for an old fashioned yet luxurious getaway. grassy hills grazed by the resident sheep and cattle. Arrival at this retreat is either by helicopter or a panoramic drive along cliff top tracks. 

Travel Times
Driving from Christchurch Airport - 2 hour 15 minutes
Helicoptering from Christchurch Airport - 12-15 minutes landing directly at your villa 
Driving from Akaroa - 1 hour 
4WD Transfers
From THE MAIN HOUSE to THE CROFT - 35 minutes 

The Home Escape THE CROFT Testimonials

 

Peaceful bliss

Thanks for having us! My bridesmaids and I had a relaxing pre-wedding Friday night. We particularly enjoyed the wine and chocolate brownies.
There was plenty of room for us to get ready for the big day on Saturday.
After our wedding, my husband and I foudn the cottage very cosy and peaceful bliss. Thanks again!

The new Mr+Mrs Rathmell | May 2016

 

Fantastic cottage for Easter holidays

Many thanks for a fantastic cottage to spend our Easter holidays in. Henry and Matilda LOVED the cinema room. Had a great day out at Haynes Motor Museum and enjoyed Frome Sunday market - fantastic venue, lovely walks. Sure we will be back.

Jo and family | Apr 2016

What a gorgeous place!

Lovely weekend. Wish we could have stayed longer. Thank you

Ben & Georgie - THE PAVILION

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