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Ballymoney Farmstay and Garden

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Please note that this guide was last updated a few years ago (2009), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Merrilies Rebbeck
Wardstay Road, RD2, Christchurch, Canterbury

Tel: + 64 (0)3-329-6706
No cell number available
Fax: + 64 (0)3-329-6709

Just a 20-minute drive from Christchurch airport I found myself out in the country where the Rebbeck family have been modifying their 100-year-old farmhouse and land for years, stripping back wood panelling, adding bits on, tending the two-acre garden and planting hundreds of trees. Merrilies has the arty genes; she's the mother of a painter and her daughters’ artwork is exhibited on the walls.....

.... She also has a wonderful eye for interiors; the farmhouse feels earthy, homely and elegant, with wooden floors, kilims and seagrass matting. Merrilies wears many hats, farmer’s and chef’s among them; when I stayed we sat down to lamb, potatoes, kumara, leeks and chestnuts, all from the farm, rounded off with home-made apple sorbet with galliano. After breakfast I was whisked around the property on a 4-wheel motorbike to admire Dexter cattle, Dorset horned sheep, saddle-back pigs, white peacocks, black and white ducks, hens... and a sly donkey who is a bit of an escape artist and known to take himself for a stroll to the distant property boundary. If you go looking for him, I suggest you also take a detour through the garden and orchard to the pond full of bird-life. When you get back, rest those sore muscles in the outdoor hot tub, set on a platform with views over the garden. Or just relax inside. In either case, Ballymoney is lots of fun.

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Symbols: No Smoking    Special Wheelchair Access    Off-street Parking    Children Welcome    Working Farm    Meals Can Be Provided    TV in All Rooms    Good Hiking or Walking    Fishing    Wifi Available    Fully Child-friendly    Owners are Garden Enthusiasts    Gourmet Cuisine Available    Historic House    Bird-watching Enthusiasts    
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Rooms: 2: Manuka Suite has king/twin with en-suite shower plus extra queen room with private bath and shower; Kowhai Studio with 1 queen and 1 single with en/s shower.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full breakfast included. Dinners $50 pp for 2 courses including wine. Kids eat free between 5pm and 6pm.
Directions: From Christchurch take SH75 to Tai Tapu. Turn right towards Lincoln. After 2km turn left into Wardstay Rd. Travel 800m to Ballymoney on right.

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