We finished building the Lodge in 2002, It took a few years and lots of help.
The idea grew as we went along, so it's a unique creation! The atmosphere is spacious, comfortable and relaxed. Our visitors seem to love it.
The main structure is built using whole trees from the station and it is very solid and strong.
The sawn timber inside and out is Macrocarpa, also from the station milled with our portable saw mill.
The Lodge is hexagonal in shape with two bedrooms in the roof space, and a large open fireplace downstairs. It stands within its own fenced garden.
~ Two twin bedrooms.
~ Double sofa futon downstairs.
~ One extra loo. (toilet)
~ One bathroom with bath/shower, basin and loo.
~ Clothes washing facilities and well equipped kitchen.
~ Linen and towels provided.
~ Gipsy caravan sleepout for 2, good for snorers or children.
The Castle is a hut 3kms up the Castle river. It was built in 2008 mostly from recycled materials.
Great for camping and in suitable weather sitting around a roaring campfire.
It is in the middle of no-where and sleeps eight people.
There is a sleeping platform and bunks in The Castle, sleeps 8. A separate shepherds' caravan, sleeps 4. Plenty of room out side for a tent. Cooking facilities are basic. There is a flushing loo and shower. Your baggage can be transported.
THE FAR SIDE CABIN:
The Far Side cabin is 100m from the cottage of Linda and Garry where the Far Side walkers stop for lunch. Perched 300m above the Tora coast, it looks out over the vast pacific ocean towards the rising sun. Really stunning views!
~ Meals provided by Linda on request.
~ Sleeps six people. Double bed, bunk and two singles.
~ Running water from rain water tank.
~ Basic cooking facilities and a long-drop.