Swallows' Ridge offers a private, cosy craftsman-built cabin with views over Wakapuaka farmland to Tasman Bay. The Monterey Cypress weatherboard cabin sleeps one, and guests have access to a full private bathroom, our kitchen/living room, and and an outdoor seating area with a glorious view over the bay. The cabin is north-facing, double glazed and insulated. It is a hilly block of land and not manicured so the grass beside the drive may be long and the gravel drive a bit bumpy!
Our cabin sits high on a sunny ridge, next to the house and cabinetmaking workshop on 4.7 hectares of regenerating native forest overlooking Tasman Bay. It was built by John, our sons and friends especially for visitors. The cabin sits in close proximity to our residence but still retains privacy. Guests have a private entrance to their own bathroom along the verandah, and share our kitchen. Guests also have access to a large outdoor veranda, which is wonderful for reading, relaxing, photography or painting, and taking in evening sunsets.
The bed is a comfortable king-single/double bed. It is outfitted with comfortable linens, pillows and duvets. Towels and laundry facilities are also provided.
Located in rural North Nelson, 8km from the city. Across the main road from the Centre for Fine Woodworking. Good for day trips to the Marlborough region and Nelson’s wineries and craft destinations, Abel Tasman National Park, The Centre for Fine Woodworking, and many other area attractions.
Guest have their own private bathroom next to the cabin, access to the kitchen/living room, laundry, outdoor seating, wifi, sea views, and parking on site.
We live in the main house on the property, and are available to answer any questions that you may have but we will also respect your privacy. We love to meet new people, and are happy to share our knowledge of New Zealand and the Nelson area.
John is a dedicated woodworker and woodwork teacher and Fiona has done various short contracts for the Department of Conservation over 19 years from Keeper of the Herbarium, to snail hunting, reception and a ranger on the successful Great White Butterfly Eradication, completed in 2016. Her passion is restoring the kanuka forest from invasive weeds, and observing the arrival of new native species as part of the regeneration process. Also gardening, New Zealand native plants and painting.
we do have a cat, who mostly keeps to herself
Hi, Fiona and John have been hosting friends in the cabin for several years and they all love it - can't wait to host airbnb-ers to get some references! John is a furniture maker in his workshop at home. Fiona is currently working with a friend making a gourmet product, or out in our forest working removing the weeds or in the garden. John has been in NZ since he was ten, and Fiona about 35 years, both from the UK originally. We have lived in the US and travelled a fair amount, so we enjoy meeting people on their travels.