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Five-star rated provincial lodge placed on the market for sale

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A five-star lodge strategically located between Canterbury, Otago, and the Southern Alps – complete with its own deer raising paddock - has been placed on the market for sale.

Glendeer Lodge on the southern outskirts of Timaru is a purpose-built three-bedroom accommodation destination where nightly rack rates range seasonally from $199 to $260 per room. The business has been running commercially for 13-years and has a five-star rating under the Qualmark accreditation programme.

The property has an expansive flat lawn which has been utilised to accommodate a large marquee for hosting a wedding. A landscaped native garden and mature tree hedgerow run around the circumference the property, while part of the property is deer fenced to contain a small herd of domesticated white fallow deer which are bred purely for show as ‘farm pets’.

Benefitting from extensive on-line marketing, Glendeer Lodge has a guest dynamic breakdown consisting of 70 percent international visitors and 30 percent domestic travelers. The lodge operates for 10 months a year – closing down over July and August.

Now the 350-square metre lodge sitting on some 1.5-hectares of flat freehold land at 51 Scarborough Road is on the market for sale by deadline negotiations through Bayleys Canterbury, with offers closing at 1pm on December 7.

Bayleys Canterbury salesperson Sue Morton said the lodge was being sold as a going concern – with all furniture, fittings, Manchester, and marketing collateral included in the offering.

“Glendeer Lodge has been structured in such a way as to cater for the upper tier of free independent travelers – above your standard bed and breakfast or motel type operation, but just below the exclusive boutique high-end $1000-plus a night lodge strata,” she said.

“It’s a business model which has seen the enterprise thrive, while allowing its owners to enjoy a balanced work-life revenue stream.”

Ms Morton said the upper level of Glendeer Lodge contained the owner/manager’s two-bedroom private residence accessed by a separate entrance and stairwell – and containing its own kitchen, office, dining and lounge areas. The upstairs unit has its own private wrap-around balcony overlooking the countryside.

“The upper level owner/manager’s accommodation is configured in such a lay-out that it could easily be integrated to become part of Glendeer’s room pool should any new owner look at expanding,” Ms Morton said.

“While guest amenities at Glendeer Lodge do include a full kitchen, most guests prefer to travel the short distance into Timaru and take advantage of the range of dining establishments the town has to offer. The kitchen facilities are most commonly used for the preparation of breakfasts, or for take-away picnic lunches.”

Additional infrastructure on the property includes a four-bay garage for vehicle and property maintenance equipment storage. Water heating and electrical points within the energy-efficient lodge are jointly-powered by two solar systems and bottled gas, while sewerage is treated by a self-contained plant on the property.

“The location of Glendeer Lodge means it is very much a destination resort rather than just somewhere guests randomly ‘pop in’ while driving past on State Highway One. The structured nature of forward bookings allows for a high degree of room servicing.

“As a result of being a destination, Glendeer Lodge’s owners have invested considerably in on-line marketing – particularly through booking system Trivago, and the B&B Inns marketing network.”

The lodge also receives a substantial number of bookings from a neighbouring fly-fishing business, whose customers take advantage of the venue’s proximity to the multiple lakes and rivers within a 90-minute drive.

Ms Morton said other tourism activities drawing in visitors to the Greater Timaru included hunting, skiing, mountain and trail biking, kayaking, and high-country hiking.

“At the end of Scarborough Road 500 metres away is the southern-most link to Timaru’s cycle trail, and beach access to the Jack’s Point surf break and light house,” she said.

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