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We love what they’ve done down in Scrubby Bay

For more than a century, Annandale has been a working sheep and cattle station set on the shores of scenic Banks Peninsula near Christchurch. But just wait till you see what Mark Palmer’s done with the old girl to turn it into an awesome luxury retreat for guests.

Annandale, Scrubby Bay, New Zealand

Scrubby Bay isn’t a very inspirational-sounding name, but just wait till you see what Mark Palmer’s done with the old sheep and cattle station to turn it into a luxury retreat for guests.

 

 

Annandale, Scrubby Bay, New Zealand

The first step was to take the 19th century homestead and restore it from top to bottom, creating a private guest house worthy of royalty and the super-rich.

 

 

Annandale, Scrubby Bay, New Zealand

But as you can see, property developer Mark has had the classic house restored with exceptional authenticity, retaining all the charm and character of yesteryear.

 

 

Annandale, Scrubby Bay, New Zealand

This is another building on the property, the original Shepherd’s Cottage situated further up the inlet. Original features such as this fireplace and mantelpiece have been supplemented with antique furniture and modern pieces carefully chosen for their sensitivity to the overall theme.

 

 

Annandale, Scrubby Bay, New Zealand

Secluded Scrubby Bay is located on the Banks Peninsular and the property, known for more than 100 years as Annandale, is still a working farm.

 

 

Annandale, Scrubby Bay, New Zealand

The place is not too far from Christchurch (especially by helicopter) but with these rolling grasslands and sparkling waters, it feels like a world away from city life.

 

 

Annandale, Scrubby Bay, New Zealand

All you can see from the beautifully appointed bedrooms is native bush.

 

 

Annandale, Scrubby Bay, New Zealand

There are now four houses at Scrubby Bay, including this one at the water’s edge award-winning architecture and a unique experience that owner Mark refers to as “gumboot luxury”.

 

 

Annandale, Scrubby Bay, New Zealand

We can’t see any gumboots but we get Mark’s drift. Here’s a view from the living area overhanging the beach – you can’t get much closer to nature than this. As you could see from the first shot in this gallery, this villa may be ultra-modern, but its style was inspired by New Zealand farmhouses so it remains in keeping with Annandale’s classic theme.

You can find more details and stunning images of Annandale here.

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