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