Banks Peninsula, South Island, New Zealand
A 4,000-acre working sheep and cattle farm set along the scenic coast of the Banks Peninsula on New Zealand’s South Island, Annandale has four privately located villas. Two of them are for just one couple each, and the other two are for groups of from 4-14 guests each. The villas represent an exciting variety of architectural styles; one of the one-bedroom retreats is an award-winning contemporary escape on a private bay, while one of the larger villas is a lovingly restored 1880’s homestead with shaded verandahs and rocking chairs.
- Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and scenic Pigeon Bay
- Four Secluded villas
- Two villas have heated pools
- Active land and sea recreation
Location and Surroundings:
Annandale is located on the north side of Banks Peninsula overlooking the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean and Pigeon Bay. It is a drive of one and one-quarter hours from Christchurch Airport and of 30 minutes from Akaroa. The two small villas are a ten-minute drive from one another, while the two larger villas are 30-45 minutes apart. The four villas are: 1) The Homestead, a restored 1880’s farmhouse for up to 12 guests, 2) Scrubby Bay, a dramatic cedar-clad beach villa for up to 14 guests, 3) Seascape, an ultra-modern villa on the bay for two guests, and 4) Shepherd’s Cottage, a cozy, hilltop retreat for two guests.
Experience and Activities:
While the villas’ stunning interiors represent the highest standard of luxury accommodations, it’s what is on the outside that really sets Annandale apart. The brilliant turquoise bay is perfect for kayaking and nature cruises, with frequent siting of the famed Hector’s dolphins. There is a large selection of off-road bikes and four-wheel-drive vehicles. As well, guests can refine their culinary skills in a private cooking class, enjoy a spa bath in their own villa, or hike across the roads and paths of the farm.