10 March 2014
Set amid a rugged landscape of hills and bays on Banks Peninsula, only an hour’s drive from the city of Christchurch, the historic farm features a restored five-bedroom homestead with magnificent gardens and state-of-the-art recreation facilities, including infinity pool, spa pool and tennis court. The three other private and secluded villas each have their own distinct character: the romance and contemporary architecture of Seascape in its own bay, the historic hilltop charm of Shepherd’s Cottage, and the stunning seaside location of Scrubby Bay, a large cedar-clad beach house for gatherings of up to 14 people.
Guests can choose the dining option that best suits their needs. Whether it’s the private chef experience, the ‘We cater, you cook’ package, or simply to have the pantry stocked with a pre-ordered selection on arrival, Annandale’s award-winning on-site chef will ensure that the best farm-reared and local seasonal produce is available.
While we offer every luxury and comfort on the inside, it is what’s on the outside that really sets Annandale apart. Guests can experience a 4WD farm tour, mountain biking, hiking, or perhaps even sheep and cattle mustering. The turquoise waters surrounding the property are perfect for water activities, including guided kayaking, paddle-boarding, sailing and fishing charters. Or take a nature cruise and see native wildlife, including famed Hectors dolphins, the rarest and smallest dolphin in the world. There are on-site farm-to-table style cooking lessons to sharpen your culinary skills, or you can fly over the area by helicopter for a bird’s eye view of the incredible landscape.
The man behind this unique destination is Mark Palmer, who was born and raised on a New Zealand sheep farm, and has always dreamed of sharing a property like Annandale, which captures what is real and unique about New Zealand. His vision has resulted in a striking harmony between land and architecture, where rugged beauty and ultimate luxury rub shoulders, evoking a strong sense of belonging, providing guests with an authentic setting in which they tailor their own experience and make their own enduring memories.