was working most waking hours, traveled the world for 12 weeks a year, and we realised that, whilst financially successful,
this probably wasn’t a family lifestyle that we wanted through to retirement (if he made it that
of us had professions that involved working with people (admittedly some were small
ones!) and we felt that we would enjoy a hospitality role, where we could work
together. Thus the idea of a bed & breakfast was hatched.
- In the late 1990’s we began looking at
existing lodges/homesteads in the surrounding districts and came to the
conclusion that the best option for us, and our family, was to be on the fringe
of Christchurch City (convenient for schooling, friends, shops... and guests)
and to purpose-build (prohibitive costs of renovating).
in hindsight, our current location was one of the first properties we dismissed
as too expensive. Then, after nearly buying an alternative site (with
established vineyard), we came back to what was then 300 Johns Road and
concluded a purchase at the end of 1998.
we had bought was 10 acres of apple trees (there is a photo album in the lounge, with some aerial shots). This was then mostly cleared (leaving
350 Braeburn trees), olives and vines were planted, a 5-bay farm shed built,
fences, drive-way etc. and by Christmas 2000 the triple garage, with Robin’s
office above, was complete.
then worked from this office during the 7-month (yes, that is all!) build of
the main house, while we rented for a year. Our concept for the building was a French-Chateau...ish
look on the drive-up but rooms oriented for the sun on the North-facing side. Guest
rooms were to be hotel quality but more spacious and welcoming.
moved in early August 2001 and started taking guests in February 2002. The
rest, as they say, is history!