The Shepherds Cottage, Annandale, Pigeon Bay, New Zealand

Accommodation Type: Private Villa/Apartment
Number of rooms: 1

Visit a part of the Banks Peninsula most people never get to see. A 30-minute 4WD journey across the paddocks brings you to this exclusive property, previously only enjoyed by generations of Annandale shepherds. Now it has been carefully restored and extended to ensure a romantic and memorable stay: relax in the outside bathtub at the end of the day and snuggle up on the sheepskins in front of the open fire, before heading upstairs to the warm bedroom under the eaves.

Set high on the hill, with an uninterrupted view of the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean and the snowy peaks of the Kaikoura Ranges in the far distance, this charming and secluded rural retreat, less than two hours from central Christchurch, makes a perfect romantic getaway. Whether you are celebrating a relationship or getting over one, writing a book or just reading one, the isolation and historic ambience of this unique location will inspire you.

Facilities: Open fire, outdoor bath, super-king bed

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Destination: Pigeon Bay, Akaroa, New Zealand