We took possession of our homestead during lock-down of March 2020. Since then we have settled into a new life of looking after chickens, sheep and a renewed passion for gardening, all inspired by Monty and renovating the house. As you visit, the homestead is a work in progress so please make yourself at home.
The house was built in 1918 on the site of the original farm house of the same name, which burnt down in 1910. This property of 1.6 hectares of mostly garden and tennis court, was subdivided away from the farm about 1974. We are between two working farms and have dairy cows grazing in the adjacent paddocks and the odd tractor going past the back gate, all very friendly and welcoming.
Your host Phillipa
We are originally from Wellington via Napier and Nelson and after 20 years of working in the Heritage Sector, Museums and Galleries I have opted for a sea-change.
The homestead not only offered a wonderful home for us but the opportunity to share such a wonderful house and garden with others.
Swapping my sailing boots for red bands has been a real learning curve as we find ourselves in the country enjoying hosting friends, gardening, cooking with plenty of eggs and of course making art and being creative.
In time we will have my kiln up and running in a designated space off the barn, and I can't wait.
Most of all we enjoy watching the sun set over the Rimutaka Ranges from the veranda with some local wine.
We recommend you try it..