The SpaceWe would love to welcome you to Birch Hill Farm Cottage which is set in a totally private position on our hill country sheep & beef farm.
Enjoy amazing farm views at totally private, self contained farmstay in sunny, newly refurbished 3 bedroom house. Up to 7 people are comfortably accommodated (1x king, 1x queen, 3x singles).
Walk (or bike) on our beautiful tracks, picnic by the stream or simply relax at our country retreat.
It is sheltered by established trees and gets all day sun. It is also super cosy in winter with the fire roaring.
It is a wonderful spot to relax with family or friends, experience genuine rural Hawkes Bay living on a working sheep & beef farm and to explore this area. Get away from it all and relax away from the distractions of modern life and enjoy books, cards, board games & quality time instead. There are huge lawns around the cottage - perfect for kids to play and ride bikes, we even have a sprinkler & paddling pool.
You can walk or mountain bike on the farm - we have extensive, fully fenced tracks and multiple routes you can take, including to a picnic spot by our stream. There may also be opportunities to see farm work in action, depending on timing.
The cottage is very comfortably furnished, with great beds and has a new kitchen (fully equipped and with dishwasher and microwave) & bathroom. We provide a gas BBQ, some pantry basics (soap, tea, coffee, sugar, oil, flour). There are also insect screens on the doors and most windows (including all bedrooms) which is great on warm evenings.
It is 35 minutes (50KM) to Waipukurau (nearest town with Supermarket and all amenities) and 15 minutes to Porangahau village (Pub that does good fish & chips, Garage, Dairy), the Longest Place Name in the World, Porangahau Beach (8Km of golden sand - great for walking) and Porangahau Country Club - home of a beautifully maintained 9 hole golf course ($10 for a round) and 4 new astro turf tennis courts where the public is welcome to play.
There are also several other lovely beaches to visit on the East coast which are within a 30-60 minute drive.
The cottage is self contained and it is a long way to the supermarket so you need to come prepared! We also live on the farm with our children so are there for support, the odd thing you might have forgotten & emergencies. There is good cell phone coverage on the farm & in Porangahau. Sorry there is no WiFi at the cottage, but cell coverage for roaming. Guest AccessAs well as the self contained cottage, you will have access to our fenced farm laneways & stream for walking, mountain biking or picnics. Interaction with GuestsThe cottage is self contained, self catering and is set in a sheltered, private position on our farm. We will meet & greet you & provide details around activities you may like to do in the area. There is a detailed guide and maps in the cottage too. We also live on the farm (800m from the cottage) if you have any queries or need any support. There may be the opportunity to see farm work in action depending on timing. The NeighborhoodThis is true rural New Zealand but is only 20 minutes to stunning Porangahau beach (8Km of golden sand), the longest place name in the world, a great 9 hole golf course ($10 a round) & 4 turf tennis courts, pub (for fish & chips), dairy & garage. There are also two beautiful historic homesteads nearby that you can visit by appointment. The nearest town (& supermarket etc) is Waipukurau (50 Km/35 minute drive). Getting AroundNo public transport - you must have a car. Other Things to NoteThere is no Internet or WiFi at the cottage but there is excellent cell phone reception for roaming.