Travel: Farmstay


i’m still over the moon from our farm staycation experience last weekend. it was our first time and i’m so grateful to my husband for finding such a lovely accommodation for our short and sweet getaway in ashburton, a small town 80 km away from christchurch. my husband joined a mountain biking event yesterday thus we traveled a day earlier so we can explore the town and relax a bit. what a perfect time to escape my weekend work! 😉

unfriendly dog
unfriendly dog

here in christchurch and i guess the rest of the south island, they don’t have big hotels like we have in manila or singapore. you will only see them in the major cities such as in auckland or wellington. most accommodations here are motels (clean and wholesome…if you know what i mean) or a bed and breakfast type. there’s no point of having a big hotel when all you can see around are vast swathes of countryside.

land...
land…
another land...
another land…
...and the countryside
…and the countryside

here are some of the photos of our b&b accommodation. indeed a very lovely place! my ultimate dream house – a quaint small house in a country side, filled with sunshine, rustic, charming and peaceful. a home where every one can see each other, not too hard to clean up and the entire place filled with aroma of brewed coffee and toasted bread. shux sana yumaman kami ng makabili ng farm! and of course, not being totally isolated from the world, mandatory ang may wifi. hahaha!

right view of the cottage
right view of the cottage
left view of the cottage
left view of the cottage
side view of the cottage
side view of the cottage
walk way towards the house
walk way towards the house
a swing where you can talk about your dreams
a swing with a nice view of the mountains
overlooking the countryside
overlooking the countryside
veranda for your tea time
veranda for your tea time
old and rusty stuff
old and rusty stuff
from a distance the world looks blue and green, and the snow-capped mountains white

this is what the cottage looks like from the inside. my house inspiration having white or bright painted walls, to brighten up the day.

bedroom
bedroom with simple furnitures
hallway
bright hallway
living room
cozy living room
kitchen
cute kitchen
toilet
immaculately clean toilet

the host, debbie, is nice. she showed us around her property and told us the places to go if we want to go cycling or stroll along the walking tracks. she also showed us her few animals, two small cows and a couple of hens. in the afternoon, she checked on us and offered to give a tour but we said we are very happy just staying in the cottage and do nothing. just like in the book Eat Pray Love, the italian phrase il dolce far niente means the art of doing nothing.

of course just like any vacation, it’s short and we wished we stayed longer like, forever. haha! but there’s a life awaiting for us in the city so until our next journey. thanks to my husband for joining the mtb challenge, we suddenly had an instant babymoon adventure. 🙂

taking a break from the city life
taking a break from the city life

thank you riverfields, we love your place and definitely had a great time. we will surely recommend your place to our friends. 😉