About the lodge
While purposely rough and rustic on the outside, the interior is light and airy, with a mix of vintage and repurposed furnishings. The design is inspired by the old barns seen in the Tasman area with their patchworked old corrugated iron, hand-made wooden detailing and overhanging roof lines.
One of our priorities in building and operating the lodge is to minimise its environmental footprint as much as practically possible: through recycling building materials, milling our own timber for flooring and decking, double-glazing and insulation, use of solar energy and efficient appliances, rain water harvesting and utilising treated wastewater for irrigation.
We minimise and mitigate our carbon emissions through various measures, including native replanting, use of renewable energy and an electric vehicle.
About the property
The property sits slightly elevated within an idyllic rural 5 hectare setting in Hope, just outside Richmond. It is overlooking the Waimea Plains with its orchards, wineries and market gardens.
The property includes paddocks where we graze some sheep and cows, a small home orchard with a variety of fruit trees and home to our free range chickens, a gully and wetland area with native bush and bird life, a big pond loved by our ducks and geese, and of course the pear orchard with its Taylors Gold and Beurre Bosc varieties.
A cluster of buildings forms the heart of the property: the old farmhouse built in 1910 where Timo and Olivia live with their children, various barns, outbuildings, the lodge and the cottage.
Meet the team
Architect/urban designer-turned-farmer/lodge owner, Timo designed the Lodge and is our frontman for day-to-day operations. Originally from Germany, Timo is as happy as a clam to live in the Nelson region. He is passionate about tramping, sustainability, chainsawing and all things smoked. He is also responsible for keeping Wayne, our sourdough starter, alive.
Olivia is a real South Islander, originally from Christchurch. A keen forager and hoarder of all things antique and vintage, Olivia was responsible for the interior fit out of the lodge. She looks after the website design, and since moving to the country, has taken to preserving and jam making.
Coco is the Lodge Dog. She is a keen ornithologist and is unfortunately completely useless at herding sheep. She loves to chase balls though and her main tricks are "shake hands" and "high 5". Coco is NOT allowed on the lodge lawn or inside the lodge or cottage buildings.