A historic lodge in the Mackenzie Country offering luxury bed and breakfast accommodation and its onsite smokehouse and store have been placed on the market for sale.
Allandale Lodge is a former school hall that has been converted into boutique accommodation surrounded by two hectares of farmland and mountains in Fairlie, South Canterbury. Also sharing the section is Fat Albert Smokehouse and Store - an established business that produces gourmet smoked products including salmon, duck, chorizo sausage and venison.
After 12 years restoring and running the businesses, current owners Keith and Alison Hatton have decided it is now the right times for someone else to take them over and realise their own vision for the property, so have placed it on the market for sale. Allandale Lodge and Fat Albert Smokehouse and Store have been placed on the market for sale under one title. The property is being marketed for sale through Bayleys Timaru by negotiation closing on November 5.
Located on the main route to the Mackenzie Basin at 555 Geraldine-Fairlie Highway, the B & B and smokehouse are in central Fairlie - accessible to Timaru, Geraldine and Christchurch and all the region has to offer including, its famous plains, lakes, and mountains, said Bayleys salesperson Sue Morton who is marketing the property.
“The property combines the best of both worlds – a tranquil sanctuary with stunning mountain views, yet easily accessible to attraction and amenities,” she said.
“This is the ideal base to come home to for a peaceful night’s sleep in tranquil surroundings - whether you are stopping for the night on the way through or are spending a holiday here.
“Among South Canterbury’s attractions are Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, Tasman Glacier and an unspoilt coastline, making it the perfect destination for a fishing trip, ski or snowboarding adventure, tramping or water-based holiday.”
Originally part of Allandale School in the 1900s, the hall building was used by the Home Guard during World War II and later served as a community hall for many years. More recent uses of the hall were as a base for the Allandale Miniature Rifle Club and a meeting venue for the Allandale Country Women's Institute, through until the 1980s.
Eventually, the hall fell into disrepair until it was bought by the Hattons. The couple restored and extensively renovated the property into boutique accommodation, while retaining several of the original features of its colourful past, such as rimu floors, brick chimney, wooden sash windows, and tongue and groove walls and ceiling.
The accommodation features three rooms - two with queen-sized bedrooms and one single room each with a wash basin - and a large living area shared with the owners. In a separate area of the house is the kitchen and owner’s bedroom. Tariffs are $135 to $155 per room per night, with multi-night discounts available for bookings of more than two nights.
Additional services offer by Allandale Lodge include a courtesy transport to and from Fairlie township, sightseeing advice and forward bookings, organising hunting and fishing guides.
“In a market flooded with accommodation options, very few stand out as having the level of quality, facilities, service and picturesque location Allandale offers. This is a distinctive property that ticks all the boxes,” said Ms Morton.
Included in the sale is the Fat Albert Smokehouse and Store, which is located only a few metres from the house. This business was established in 2005 and has built up an envious reputation supplying both local and national markets.
Gourmet smoked New Zealand salmon, venison, duck, chorizo sausage and cheese products are made on site in the smoke house using traditional recipes to produce subtly smoked, highly flavoured products.
“The smoked salmon is hand-sliced, giving thinner cuts and, crucially, enhancing the natural salmon flavour. We strive to be chemical free, most of our products are free from sulphites, there are no artificial colours or artificial preservatives and many of our products are gluten-free,” said Keith Hatton.
Customers can purchase our products from the onsite shop or order online. Sent products are couriered in an insulated container on ice, ensuring they arrive fresh and fast. There are also three hampers available, priced from $89-$179, which make the perfect holiday picnic or as a gift, said Mr Hatton. The smokehouse products are also regularly sold at local markets.
There is huge opportunity to grow the businesses further, said Ms Morton. The lodge, spacious parking and land size is ideally suited as a wedding venue or restaurant. There is also opportunity for alternative ventures such as a caravan park for small farming block.
“This well-presented, niche business would suit an investor or owner/operator. This special slice of New Zealand is just waiting for a new owner to take over this highly-regarded property and take it to the next level.”
For further information about Allandale Lodge and Fat Albert Smokehouse and Store contact Bayleys Timaru salesperson Sue Morton on 027 600 5777.