200 metres from the centre of Akaroa village. The house was built in 1858 by Mr Samuel Farr, who made a name for himself with the design of some now famous Christchurch buildings. Clematis and jasmine clamber around the front verandah that overlooks clusters of bush roses in front of a croquet lawn. Beyond, a self-contained cottage providing accommodation for two sits in its own private garden.
A shelled path leads around the edge of the lawn to a pavilion where continental breakfast is served outdoors. Croquet mallets and pétanque boules are housed here. Or cross a bridge over the stream bordering this garden and stroll through an acre stand of native bush, with the chance to observe wood pigeon, fantails, bellbirds, and other native species.
The house has a Category One listing with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. The old push-pull knob at the front door still sounds the servants' bells in the kitchen, and as you take the stairway up to the guestrooms you're offered a glimpse into the past from the early editions of the Akaroa Mail that dress the walls.
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