If one looks at a real private stay - this is the place - you have the whole bay to yourself, arrive by helicopter and you have your own luxury cabin over the bay..... absolutely stunning in all respects.
There's nothing to fault about this place. It's picturesque 24-7 and time stands still. The tranquility is something you'll never get from the busy city life. The best word to describe this place is literally "magical". Annandale is the perfect escape for anyone looking to have a wee treat, the price may be more than your average hotel but it's an experience you would never be able to buy anywhere else. Can't wait to be back again!
It's ideal for couples looking to reconnect and escape the rat race, or for solo travelers looking for an isolated respite. The star gazing on our visit was amazing, the food absolutely delicious and the overall stay unforgettable! Can't wait to return one day.
My recent stay at Annandale was simply outstanding. The surreal setting and luxurious accommodation really is unparalleled. As if it were a dream, the superb service, stunning scenery and beautiful decor took my breath away. Unfortunately my stay only lasted for 24 hours, but it felt as though I had been away for weeks. I would recommend Annandale to any one who is looking for a relaxed and unforgettable get away
What a location to spend a few days away from the world. I was astounded by the scenery and the magnificent views to the bay. Our room was spacious and the bathroom first class. In the evening we had a lovely meal and nearly all ingredients came from the property which was very special. If you want to go away a few days from the rat race or have something to celebrate, this is a wonderful place to relax a few days with friends or family
Scrubby Bay Guest
Shepherd's Cottage is a 30 minute drive from the entrance of the property and is perched on the hill with absolutely stunning views. Although the cottage is 100+ years old, it is luxurious with modern conveniences disguised to maintain the authenticity of the place...We walked miles and miles on the property without seeing a single person... Annandale is truly something special
Sarah and Sean Doherty
We opted to do most of our own meals and the kitchen was perfectly equipped and gave us more of a sense of privacy and remoteness. On the last night, we had dinner prepared and delivered to us and it was of the highest quality.
Sarah and Sean Doherty
I randomly and fortunately came across the beautiful and breath taking property " Seascape"...We arrived via helicopter from Christchurch & we were completely blown away and mesmerised by the glass style building - completely on its own and surrounded by lavish rolling and endless hills. How on earth did we find this majestic place? The level and effort and detail that has been placed in constructing this magical haven is beyond words. It is an architectural masterpiece with surroundings that can only be experienced to appreciate. Waking up in the morning to point blank views of the seas and no one around for miles is a priceless experience.
The chef and the food provided is of the highest and international standard that one could expect. This translates to "they deserve a michelin star". We loved the privacy and having the ability to have pre prepared meals available yet still being able to experience fine dining quality without anyone else around. Do not be put off by not having restaurants around or that the food is pre prepared - the food is exquisite and simple to pop in the oven. It is far from your average pre prepared meal.
This is not a hotel or a resort, this is a slice of heaven that has been created with passion and quality. We cannot recommend this unique property enough. We loved the sunsets, the late nights by the fireplace outside, the outdoor spa, the amazing view, the privacy, the food, the service and of course the divine property.
This accommodation is by far the best place I have ever stayed. Everything blew away our expectations. I cannot write enough about the whole experience. Would definitely recommend to couples looking for that trip of a lifetime. My only wish is that I could have stayed longer.
The homestead has nice gardens for walking, and sits close to the water offering wonderful views. With a short walk there is a super nice pool and jacuzzi that is on and set to the perfect temperature. It accompanies locker / change facility complimented with a large fitness center all overlooking the homestead gardens and water bay. I sat in the jacuzzi at night with a bottle of wine under the stars and just loved it. I could hear the sheep in the background. The bed was super comfortable with a great thermostat to keep the temperature just right.
Annandale just has a bit of everything for everyone. Romantic villas on the water for romantic couples getaways, and family cottages to the homestead for friends and solo travelers. I would highly recommend it if you are in New Zealand, it is really a unique place that should not be missed. Great privacy and you really feel you have got away from the hustle and be in the most beautiful setting.
During the day there's plenty of farm to explore, the sights are breathtaking and absolutely beautiful. It's undisturbed nature at its best. There's walking tracks, or mountain bikes provided if you prefer a faster pace...On a clear night there's plenty of stars to see in the sky whilst relaxing in a nice hot bath outside with a glass of bubbly (or 3)
It's unlike anything we have visited before; the property is a 4000 acre working sheep farm and to get to Seascape - a modern glass-encased, open plan one bedroom home - you need to take the farm's own 4x4 about 45 minutes. The drive offers some of the most spectacular views imaginable so it's no hardship. Once at Seascape we had the run of the property; it has a modern, industrial feel, with breathtaking views across a deserted bay popular with seals, gas fireplaces both inside and out, a modern kitchen for preparing the vacume sealed gourmet meals pre-delivered, a sleek bathroom with a deep soak tub, and an outdoor jacuzzi.
We enjoyed the most fabulous 10 days at the Annandale Homestead in January. It was precisely the relaxed, family holiday that I had been hoping for...We walked, we jogged, we mountain biked for hours at a time and often without coming across another person - just sheep and cows and the magnificent views of Pigeon Bay for company. It was liberating to have a sense of isolation whilst having all the comforts you could possibly desire waiting for you back at the house.
Anne and John Roberts
The Homestead itself and its gardens are the absolute jewel in the crown. It is the most beautiful property. The house has been superbly finished in an understated luxe way with high end finishes. It's well equipped in every way and a treat, when self catering, to still have someone come in and make your bed for you! There are plenty of verandahs, balconies and hideaways to allow you to escape when you need to, not to mention the extensive and beautifully maintained grounds, but with a kitchen table and outdoor table enough for a big group to sit around, there is plenty of opportunity for coming together...Most especially, we loved staying in luxury without feeling the need to dress for dinner and without having to share it with the masses - in fact without having to share it at all. It was the perfect combination for our family. We will certainly return!!
Anne and John Roberts
Having travelled extensively throughout the world over the past 35 years, Annandale is simply the best...Outstanding discreet service offered by the Annandale team with the fridge stocked with the beverages and meals of your choosing makes any stay memorable, unforgettable and leaves one wanting to return.
Shepherds Cottage is superb for couples and relaxing. Some 30 minutes from the homestead by four wheel drive it is surrounded by 4000 acres of sheep farm. Comfort and atmosphere are in plenty. Gourmet food is provided by the chef and delivered daily. Simply heat and serve. The food is outstanding and plentiful. If a romantic rustic getaway is your goal, look no further. Annandale is a pleasant hour and a bit drive from Christchurch or take a helicopter from the airport.
The homestead is the original farm homestead restored to its former glory and perfected. The owners have spared no expense in detail and creating the atmosphere of a by gone era. Four double rooms all with ensuites make this property ideal for families or small groups. Again the food prepared by the resident chef is outstanding. Be sure to walk around the gardens and orchard. Much of the food used is grown on site. There's a gym, swimming pool, hot tub and tennis court. Seriously this property wants for nothing.
My partner and were in NZ for a holiday over Christmas and it was recommended to indulge here for a few nights. Lyndsay and Paul both true hospitality professionals are hands on when it comes to ensuring you're stay is magnificent. From the delicious food to exquisite comfort in the lodgings every attention to detail is covered. We stayed at the Shepherds Cottage which has a wonderful fire place, out door bath and spectacular views of Pigeon Bay. Our personal award winning chef Chef cooked a private dinner in our cottage and prepared beautiful meals with produce from the farm. If you really want something special then visit Annandale :)
A treasure and a place unforgettable. The place where my other half said "I Will"...a must for any couple wanting to getaway from the bizzy world
My fiancee and I just spent a couple of nights at the Shepherd's Cottage at Annandale and absolutely loved it. This place excels it's desire to offer 5 star luxury in a true New Zealand setting.
Shepherd's Cottage is the perfect romantic getaway and we could not fault it. The beauty in detail is remarkable and the remoteness offers perfect relaxation. The cottage is located in the most breathtaking setting overlooking beautifully green meadows and magical sea views...the team provided us with the most genuine first class service as soon as we arrived at the property. In short....breathtaking, unbelievably relaxing, First class...treat yourself and go there!
We did leave the door open at night and I will never forget the sound of the lapping waves while in bed but also the very unique sound of the waves rolling the gravel down, you don't really hear that anywhere else, well, not during the night anyway. Very special...A stay that I will treasure forever.
The meals were superb. Such a great idea having guests finishing the meals off, almost lets them think they have cooked it themselves! A stay that I will treasure forever.
We were absolutely blown away by our two night stay at the Shepherds Cottage. If you're looking to escape the rat race and totally switch off for a few days then this is your place. The premise "go where the world won't find you" delivers...we enjoyed the beautiful outdoor bath and relaxed in front of the huge roaring fire. The cottage itself is incredible, there isn't a thing that hasn't been considered, simply finished but with such quality and thought.
The food, we opted to have 'we create' package and we weren't disappointed. Every single detail is thought out for you, not only incredibly tasty but teamed with step by step instructions on how to present each pretty dish. Just lovely. Although you have Internet access, we switched off phones, read books and enjoyed being on our own in such wonderful surroundings.
We stayed at Scrubby Bay, one of Annandaleâ€™s luxury villas, a modern marvel of cedarwood, glass and stone that looks out to sea, a picture of peace where the only sounds are the waves, the wind and the skylarksâ€™ song...the beauty of places such as Annandale is that, even as you relish the seclusion and scenery, you can rely on the fine food, the wine and the other creature comforts at which New Zealand also excels.
Many thanks to you and the entire Annandale team for your gracious and professional hospitality throughout our stay. We had high hopes coming into our stay and can honestly say that our expectations were massively exceeded.
Andrew & Jamie
My husband and I spent the first two nights of our honeymoon in the Shepherdâ€™s Cottage, a cozy and expertly appointed bungalow nestled among herds of sheep atop a bluff overlooking the ocean. The views are absolutely stunning in every direction and you will likely not see anyone during your entire stay.
Adam & Jenni
Annandale is one of those magical places you will never be able to adequately describe to anyone. If you are hesitating at all to come here, donâ€™t. It will be an experience you will never forget. I know we wonâ€™t. Thank you...for taking such excellent care of us. We will definitely be back.
Adam & Jenni
â€œStay where the world canâ€™t find youâ€ is the perfect description for a stay on Annandaleâ€™s breathtaking coastal farm....The views are absolutely stunning in every direction and you will likely not see anyone during your entire stay. We loved the seclusion of the resort yet felt pampered and very well cared for at the same time.
Adam & Jenni
Our first evening Paul and Cassidy came to the cottage to cook us an incredible meal with ingredients sourced right from the Annandale farm and gardens...The other meals during our stay were delivered to us and neatly packed away in our fridge. Each component is labeled with instructions for heating and plating and turned out beautifully every time with very minimal effort. We cannot accurately put into words how much we enjoyed our meals here. Each bite was more delicious than the last.
Adam & Jenni
We loved our stay at Annandale, perfect start to a 2 week break in New Zealand in peaceful seclusion. Staff were friendly, informed and professional, very respectful of privacy. Food was local and a feast each meal. So many hidden treats! Quite simply, World Class.
Ben & Andrea
Wow what a breathtaking stunning spot overlooking the Pacific Ocean in total seclusion...All bedrooms had gorgeous views with complete privacy from the others, extremely peaceful. We felt totally spoilt in our surroundings, the weather turned it on enabling us to make great use of the swimming pool followed by a spa under the stars. Spectacular, we will be back!
We had the pleasure of staying at Scrubby Bay for a weekend recently...The discrete service by Callum and his attentive staff left us feeling like we had been away for a week. We could not want for anything, the meals were delicious and partially prepared by the chef for us to assemble in our leisure, with easy instructions, just perfect for our relaxed state.
We loved Scrubby Bay. What a stunning place in such isolation. We felt very well taken care of. The chef cooked great food for us. There are cute details in the house such as a basket of local snacks. Also book shelves with plenty of great coffee table books. Also nice shampoos, soaps etc.. We went for a great hike among the sheep. It was a great New Zealand experience.
We were lucky enough to have 3 very amazing days at Scrubby Bay. A group of 5 we decided to helicopter in from Christchurch airport, we would definitely recommend this option, landing in this stunning and secluded bay by air was exhilarating.
From the moment we arrived we loved the wool shed inspired accommodation. It was stylish yet comfortable, with open plan kitchen/living areas through to quiet bedrooms, each with their own sea views. With large decks front and rear, an open air spa under the stars, to the lovely pool, it wasn't hard to find your own space, relax and soak up this beautiful location.
Of course, indulging in some great wine (even had my favourite tipple, Jack Daniel's) and food was high on our agenda and what was on offer didn't disappoint. We opted for the catering package, this was simple to prepare, fresh and absolutely delicious.
We filled our days with boating, picnics, long farm walks and R & R. Right from the beginning, Callum and the team were attentive and discreet. It was hard to leave, so will have to plan a return visit!
Friends and I were blown away by Scrubby Bay it was breathtaking, divine, luxurious, peaceful, secluded in fact let's just say it was heaven.
Callum and his team treated us like royalty, were extremely attentive but very discreet and left us to our own privacy.
I was very very impressed with the quality of the food, the freshness of the produce and the presentation was outstanding. The attention to detail was impeccable.
First class from the moment we arrived to the unfortunate moment we had to leave. This truly is the most impressive piece of New Zealand's finest coastal properties.
This is one of the top spots on the planet. Incredible farm and property with wonderful accommodations. We stayed in the Homestead and loved EVERY minute. Let's start with the staff, amazing and doting to the Nth degree...Annandale is an experience that is incomparable and a truly special place. Not to be missed.
The chef Callum is world class. All the fruits and vegetables are right out of the garden and the fish and shellfish are from the local waters. The beef and lamb are raised on property and cooked to perfection...Annandale is an experience that is incomparable and a truly special place.
We toured the farm, saw the dogs herding sheep and got a real taste of NZ farm life. Be sure to spend time on the water with Captain Kaj. We caught dinner with him, viewed dolphins, seals and baby sea birds just learning to fly. Annandale is an experience that is incomparable and a truly special place.
Two weeks after, we still reminisce about our time at Scrubby Bay, which is probably the most memorable stay in all our years of travels across the globe. The location and setting cannot be beaten and every single detail of the property is so well thought out. A dream home and a dream stay!
Vincent & Irene
An unbelievable place to relax and revive. Each couple could enjoy equally stunning rooms/en-suites but gather to enjoy a daily 3 meal menu that met all our requirements from a ketogenic diet to gluten free. Sitting in a spa surrounded by southern hills a highlight. Gourmet food and an extensive selection of refreshments made this an unforgettable destination.
The food was simply amazing, and we really want to thank the farmers, gardeners, and chefs for creating our amazing meals.
Gary & Ashley
Thank you so much for the hospitality you showed us over the last four days. We had an absolutely fabulous time at both the Shepherd’s Cottage and Seascape. Both villas are unique and very special. We really appreciated the privacy we were afforded here but we also enjoyed all of the interactions with your staff.
Gary & Ashley