Built in the 1960s, the shearers quarters was designed to house the shearing gangs that would come to shear sheep on the part dairy part dry stock farm in Galatea. It's hard to imagine the view back then before the creation of Lake Aniwhenua which didn't happen until 1980. The building was originally split in to four separate rooms for sleeping which were only accessible from the outside - a bit chilly to get to the bathroom in the winter months! It has been through many incarnations and was at one time a budget lodge where fishermen would bunk down several to a room or camp in the grounds - this sparked the idea of using it as guest accommodation. During the renovation we tried to preserve the building's character by keeping some of the original features.
Logan and I (Kate) met through mutual friends in 1999 when I travelled to New Zealand on holiday. He had already been in Galatea for a couple of years share milking on the family farm. At the time I never anticipated still being here 17 years later - from London to Galatea is quite a change of lifestyle! We both enjoy farm life and it is still a treat to wake up to the view of the serene lake and remarkable mountains. The seasonal nature of farming allows us the freedom to travel to the U.K for several weeks in the dry season so that we can enjoy the best of both worlds.
It is a real joy meeting people from all walks of life and from all over the world. We have entertained guests from as far afield as the U.S.A, U.K, South Africa, France and Germany. It is truly a pleasure to provide somewhere nice for them to stay and to be able to share with them our little slice of paradise.
Megan & Ben
“Lovely home to stay”
Great Location for Trout Fishing
Andy, Nov 2016
We loved the animals
Nicole, Oct 2016