The Old School House is situated just north of Mount Somers, Mid Canterbury, on Highway 72, also known as the scenic route, 80 minutes from Christchurch, 30 minutes from Ashburton and 20 minutes from Methven, and is surrounded by established trees, orchard, beautiful cottage gardens and the breathtaking views of Mt Hutt, Mt Somers and the other mountains of the Southern Alps.
Complementing the scenery is a beautifully appointed separate accommodation unit, with a queen sized bed, separate lounge, T.V., toilet and shower and tea/coffee making facilities. Breakfast and evening meals are available on request in the dining room of the Old School House. This allows visitors to have their own space but yet have all the facilities close at hand for a quiet and peaceful stay. Full details, and photos of the unit can be viewed by clicking on the Accommodation button on the menu or here.
Mount Somers Township, even though only small, has a hotel, swimming pool, museum and well equipped store and is only 2 km's away. The area is renowned for being the site chosen by Peter Jackson as Edoras in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy as well as for its beautiful walks, views, fishing, proximity to skiing (Mt. Hutt), ballooning, jet boating and many other activities which can be viewed on the activities page.
If gardens are your trigger for relaxation or to view then you have come to a place of total tranquility. A large lawn area is backed by established trees and cottage garden, hedges and paths that lead you to quiet corners are all provided here. Garden visits/tours for groups are available by prior arrangement. For more details…..
A photo of the Old School House is on the cover of the Malcolm Somerville publication “Cottages of New Zealand” along with the very apt description of the background of the school is his quote “Mount Somers School House, with its rich and varied summer garden and dramatic snowy winter setting, comes close to winning the title of dream country cottage.”
If you are interested in more information on the history of the Old School House you can click here.