Lancewood Villa is set in some of the prettiest country you will see – anywhere! It reminds some guests of Tuscany, others of Kent or the English Lakes District. But it is uniquely New Zealand, and owes its character to a rare combination of geology, botany, history and climate.
Our guests have access to a stunning non-heated chemical free natural pool. It’s like having your very own perfect river swiming hole!
In the summer months the Upper Moutere’s warm climate and high sunshine hours warm up the pool to perfection. With its sun catching stone terrace and pool side loungers, it’s the ideal spot for a morning dip before you head out for the day or for catching the late afternoon sun with a glass of wine.
At Lancewood Villa we use eco-friendly sewage systems which irrigate and feed our orchards keeping them lush and green. We use well water for the Cottage and rainwater for the Woolshed and Studios.
We are also very proud to be the home of a small remnant of native bush which we have fenced off and protected with a QEII Trust covenant. We are working hard to help it flourish and replant even more of the native species that once existed.
This small patch of bush has a wide variety of native trees and shrubs including an ancient Kahikitea, a large scarlet mistletoe, Clematis paniculata and of course numerous lancewoods.
Lancewood Villa was once part of the estate of Carl Kelling, a German migrant who settled in Sarau (later named Upper Moutere) in 1844. He began the process of felling the heavy mixed beech and podocarp native rainforest to make way for a homestead, pasture and orchards. Over the intervening years the land has been used to grow apples and raise sheep, cattle and chickens.
We invite guests to plant a tree to mark their stay at Lancewood Villa. We provide the tree; guests provide the person-power.
For our wedding couples, the tree provides a beautiful symbol of their togetherness.