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About Us

This orchard property was purchased by Mary’s great grandfather in 1910. It was among the first apple orchards to be planted in this area, commonly referred to by locals as “The Bluffs” or “Moutere”. “Moutere clay” was and still is, well known for producing quality apples.

The property is still managed as a working orchard by Mary and husband Murray although Mary also has an off property job – coordinating volunteer patient services for the local Hospice. Mary’s parents, Anne and David Austin, left the orchard several years ago and moved into town. Kereru House is their previous home which has been completely refurbished. It was Anne’s hard work and inspiration that created the stunning garden around Kereru House – we are trying our best to maintain it up to her high standards!

We have also retained Anne and David’s enclosed vegetable garden and aim to keep it well stocked for our guests and our own use. Nearby trees of quinces, persimmons, plums, citrus varieties and of course apples are all available in season for our guests to help themselves.

Aztec is a highly coloured sub variety of Fuji which Murray discovered on the orchard some years ago. The variety has proved very popular in America and Europe with trees sold in several different countries.

Guests are most welcome to walk around our orchard and will enjoy taking photos of our Highland Cattle. These are mid-sized to small animals that enjoy having their photos taken and love being hand fed oranges and apples.  Our other four footed resident is our dog Coco who we adopted after she was found abandoned.

Accommodation & Facilities

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  • Cooking Facilities
  • Outdoor Breakfast area upstairs
  • Dining
  • Outdoor Conservatory

Kitchen/Dining

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  • Breakfast room
  • Private Balcony
  • Exclusive Adjacent Bathroom
  • King Sized Bed

Upstairs Bedroom

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  • 2 Single Beds/Super King
  • Exclusive Downstairs Bathroom
  • Beautiful Views

Downstairs Bedroom

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  • Satellite television
  • Victorian Fireplace
  • Outside Balcony

Lounge/sitting

 

Self catering accommodation in a totally self contained house with a generously equipped kitchen, lounge and separate dining area, two double bedrooms each with its own adjacent bathroom, an upstairs “breakfast” room and a separate laundry. Breakfast provisions provided. Rooms will be serviced every week for our longer staying guests. Single party bookings only.

 

Quality bed linen including changes of linen from the linen cupboard (help yourself)

Bath towels, beach towels, face flannels and basic toiletries – with spare towels available if needed

Washing machine and clothes dryer

Some basic cooking & laundry essentials (see below)

Complimentary milk, tea, coffee, sugar. Coffee plunger & filter coffee machine Kitchen

Drinkable tap water. Water source is our own underground bore.

Complimentary seasonal vegetables and fruit available from the adjacent garden and orchard

Satellite TV, DVD, CD player via a “surround sound”, home theatre system. Music CDs and DVD movie selection. Small library of fiction and non fiction books.

Gas coal fire (cosy open fire in a Victorian tiled fireplace) lounge/sitting room

Heat pump downstairs

Separate office with internet connection and telephone land line

Hair dryers

Two upstairs balconies (off a bedroom and breakfast room)

One downstairs balcony (off the lounge) and a glassed in porch (off the dining room)

A stunning outdoor barbeque area includes an easily operated gas barbeque and outdoor furniture. This area has amazing views across the bay but includes large lattice style doors which can be closed if the sea breeze becomes too chilly.

All artwork in Kereru House is by local artists. Information about each artist is included in the information folder.

 

Complimentary stocks of basic condiments:

Salt & pepper

Olive oil

Soya sauce

Sugar

Butter sachets

Balsamic Vinegar

Tomato & Worcestershire sauce (homemade)

Selection of two further homemade condiments

 

Breakfast provisions (complimentary)

Home-made muesli

Selection of commercial cereals and condiments

Fresh milk

Toast bread

Eggs and bacon for the first day.

 

We do not provide:

Meals

Daily cleaning or laundry (fresh linen, cleaning/laundry equipment is provided for our long stay guests). Rooms are serviced weekly for our longer staying guests.

 

Limitations:

No children sorry, because of the proximity of the cliff. No animals. We operate a smoke-free policy although guests are welcome to smoke outdoors.

 

 

Sustainability

 

Recycling

A recycling bin is provided in the laundry (under the tub) for glass/cans/plastic, clean cardboard/paper). Organic and food scraps are taken across the road to the neighbour’s pig. (The neighbours raise one pig a year for a hospice raffle in addition to one for their own needs).

 

Conservation

We encourage cold machine washing. A freestanding laundry rack is available for clothes drying and there is an outside clothesline – to save using the clothes dryer.

Torches are provided beside the beds to save leaving lights on during the night. Most light fittings have eco bulbs. We encourage guests to turn off the lights when not in use.

Garden includes a large number of plantings to attract birds. The bird life around Kereru House will amaze you. NZ native Tuis, Kererus and Fantails all come to feed on a regular basis.

Eco dish washing liquid is available to encourage guests to wash their own dishes rather than use the dishwasher.