New Zealand, 130 Wharf Rd, Pigeon Bay 7583, New Zealand
Photo courtesy of Annandale
AnnandaleFour private villas, including a historic homestead, are spread across a 4,000-acre coastal farm. The landscape undulates between bays and the Southern Alps an hour and a half from Christchurch on New Zealand’s majestic South Island. Each property showcases unique design elements: Scrubby Bay’s living room is outfitted in Missoni Home, while the 12-person Homestead has a bathroom decked out in Boffi. Other furniture pieces, crockery, and works of art were made by New Zealand craftspeople. Most rugs were spun from the property’s own sheep wool.
On top of the comforts and thoughtful aesthetic, the best part about Annandale is its remoteness. Guests are immersed in a farm experience that puts them in touch with the seasons, whether sheep and cows are lambing and calving in spring, or the surrounding mountains are glistening with winter snow. Accommodations come with ample verandas so guests can take in the scenery and slow down to appreciate the surprises hidden around every corner. The original stables have been converted into a beautiful loft, and a secret stairway in the Homestead travels between one of the bedrooms and the butler’s pantry.