An eco straw house in a country setting New Zealand - Canterbury - Christchurch, 20k, W

Home

sleeps 6

bedrooms 3

bathrooms 2

Our family

2 Adults

Would love to visit

Open to all destinations, Japan, Africa, Kenya, New Zealand, Open to all destinations, New Zealand
Open to all dates

Exchange types

Home Exchange

Member number

NZ2125

Modern eco strawbale home set in the peaceful countryside just a 20 minute drive from Christchurch and the Christchurch International Airport. We built this house ourselves and put everything into it that we love- it is a warm, inviting space that is warm in winter and cool in summer due to the thick straw walls and positioning for sun. We have added interesting touches to the house and it has a lot of "texture". Lime and earth plaster walls give the house character, as does the recycled hardwood beams and poles and curved walls. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms in our 240m2 house, including a restored claw-foot bath.

Outside there are "eco" luxuries as well- a woodburning hot tub that Andrew made out of a New Zealand dairy milk vat and a woodburning sauna house that is fashioned from the traditional Finnish sauna. Sit in the hot tub under the Southern Hemisphere stars while listening to the absolute stillness, and darkness, of our property. Please note that the hot tub cannot be used in the summer when there is an outdoor fire ban (usually November to February).

We have lots of animals to entertain both children and adults. We breed kunekune pigs, the New Zealand native domesticated pig (similar to a potbelly pig). Our four pigs are real characters and enjoy attention and food! We have 20+ sheep, and lambs during winter and spring, which are happy to do their own thing. Three chickens will provide you with fresh eggs. And our lovely cat, Amelie, will give you lots of affection after she gets to know you. We also have many birds that visit our property, both native pukekos as well as quail, pheasants and the occasional blue heron.

Many sightseeing activities are within a few hour's drive of our house, from the ocean to the mountains. Check out http://www.christchurchnz.com/. Highlights are the seaside village of Akaroa, the Arthurs Pass National Park (alpine mountains), Hanmer Springs Thermal Resort, Mt Hutt Skifield, lots of walks and things to do in Christchurch. We can give you personal recommendations depending on your interests.

Setting: House - 2 or more floors / Main Residence, Rural

Entertainment: DVD, Internet access, Piano, TV, Wireless Internet (WiFi)

Amenities: Balcony / Deck, Dishwasher, Clothes Washer, Microwave Oven, Extensive Grounds, Peaceful Surroundings, View, Fireplace, Privacy / Seclusion, Garden, Heating, Jacuzzi, Parking included, Sauna, Terrace / Patio

Extras: Use of bicycle(s), None

Leisure: Cafés, Restaurants, Shopping

Cultural: Galleries, Museums

Transport: Car Necessary

Conditions: Pet Care Needed Smoking Not Allowed, Car Exchange is offered/negotiable