Pigeon Bay, New Zealand

Annandale Scrubby Bay

Price per night from$3,426.29

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If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (inclusive of taxes and fees) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (NZD5,696.25), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Revamped rural rusticity


Super-secluded bayside





It’s easy to overuse the phrase ‘get away from it all’, but for Scrubby Bay – a rustic,  cedar-clad bungalow on an isolated stretch of the Annandale estate – the description seems more than fitting. Nestled between rolling hills at the mouth of a private bay with views for miles across the Pacific, this farm-style refuge feels authentic and homespun, but has all the mod cons you’d expect of a luxury stay: a heated pool, chrome-accented kitchen and thumping sound system (in case you’d like a change from nature’s soundtrack of twittering birds and lapping waves). Contemporary interiors are cast in natural, untreated wood, and flickering flames – both in the huge stone chimney and outdoor fire pit – add warmth and cosiness. When the views are like this, you’d hate to miss them for a second; floor-to-ceiling windows across the sea-facing side of the house (including the bathrooms – wave-gazing soak, anyone?) mean you won’t have to. 

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First Glance

  • A rustic and sleekly-furnished bungalow, four-bedroom Scrubby Bay (448sq m) faces a private pebble beach, surrounded on both sides by verdant hills. There’s a jacuzzi, a pool, and a deck with views of the Pacific Ocean.
  • The open-plan living and dining room is oak-clad, with an enormous stone fireplace in the centre. On one side of the fireplace, two wooden tables and several chairs are set up for dining; wooden bookshelves – well-stocked with novels and games – line the walls. In the living area, an oversized, caramel-coloured corner sofa takes up most of the room, and faces the floor-to-ceiling glass doors covering the entire back wall. These open onto the deck, which leads down to the private bay.
  • The kitchen (at the back of the living room) has a wooden breakfast bar, surrounded by modern, leather-and-steel stools. Appliances include an oven, hob, grill, microwave, dishwasher, sink, washing machine, fully-stocked minibar, kettle and Nespresso coffee-making machine.
  • There’s a pantry situated next to the kitchen, plus a laundry room and a powder room across the hallway.

Villa highlights

  • Gasp-worthy scenery
  • Private, pebble-strewn bay
  • Modern and cosy interiors

Sleeping arrangements

  • Scrubby Bay has four bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms. Three of these rooms are ocean-facing, and their ensuite, cedar-accented bathrooms have a walk-in shower, a freestanding bath tub and Nellie Tier bath products. The fourth room faces away from the ocean, and the bathroom has a walk-in shower.
  • The three Pacific-side rooms are, like the rest of the house, wood-clad and contemporary in design. Each has a king-size bed dressed in white linens, and two armchairs facing the floor-to-ceiling window. Each room’s ensuite bathroom also has a large window by the bath tub, for simultaneous soaking and sea-gazing.
  • The fourth bedroom is a dormitory, with four sets of bunk beds (one in each corner); a large window at the back of the room looks out over the private pool.

Key kit

  • Sonos sound system.
  • TV with DVD player.
  • iPod dock.
  • Free WiFi throughout.
  • Air-conditioning throughout.
  • Private helipad access.
  • Laundry service available.
  • Luxury four wheel drive cars on-call from your villa (prices start at NZ$70 for four hours).


  • Behind a glass balustrade at the back of the house is the heated pool, surrounded by wooden decking and the lush farmland beyond.
  • A jacuzzi sits at the front of the house, at the end of the deck, facing the ocean.


  • Located in a remote, private spot, Scrubby Bay’s guests can enjoy the miles of rural New Zealand landscape just beyond its walls.
  • The house’s front deck has an open fire and several armchairs for alfresco lounging; a wooden jetty leads to the jacuzzi across the lawn.


  • Scrubby Bay is part of the Annandale estate farm on the Banks Peninsula, a rocky headland facing the Pacific Ocean. Populated only by the odd grazing herd of cattle, this remote, postcard-worthy setting – rugged cliffs, secluded coves and rolling hills – is accessible only by helicopter or a four-wheel drive.
  • Christchurch International Airport is the closest, around an hour’s drive from the estate. Private transfers are available from NZ$325 each way. It’s also possible to reach the estate by helicopter (prices start at NZ$825 one-way). Call the Smith24 Team for more details.
  • Christchurch train station is well-served by Coastal Pacific and TranzAlpine railways; regular trains arrive from several major towns and cities, including Blenheim, Seddon and Kaikoura.
  • The 4,000-acre estate is a working farm; guests can take tours of the land (if you’re lucky, you might catch the sheep shearing), and hike (or bike) the on-site, 14km Pigeon Bay walkway. Kayaking or nature cruises on the bay will delight wildlife-watchers, who will be able to spot dolphins, fur seals, blue penguins and bird colonies. On lazier days, take a private class with the Annandale chef to hone your Kiwi cooking skills.

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Price per night from $3,426.29