Thursday 8 February 2018

Middle Rock

Our 2018 High Country Tour includes the gardens of The Point, Middle Rock and Rockwood Station, all in the Lake Coleridge area.

This tour offers a group-experience of the Coleridge basin and Windwhistle areas. The tour includes meeting the families of three local properties, each showcasing their different lifestyles, homes and gardens.

The Point Station
The Point Station​ ‘s extensive garden ​surrounds the historic homestead ​featuring many rhododendrons including family bred varieties, mature trees and ornamental and native shrubs, rock gardens and views out to the adjoining working farm areas.

Middle Rock
The large homestead garden at Middle Rock has for many years hosted domestic and international tour groups. Featuring stone walls, a pond and a collection of hardy plants and trees. The garden is framed by panoramic views of the Mt Hutt mountain range.​

Rockwood​
Rockwood is a historical homestead with a beautiful woodland garden set in the Canterbury foothills. The garden includes English trees and rhododendrons and is bordered by 100 acres of native bush and the Rockwood Stream. The tour features an 1850’s Cobb House, family graves, bush walk with its native bird life and the Homestead which has been recently redecorated in a classical style. ​


Itinerary

Thursday 8 February 2018

Horncastle Arena (near Cafe) Report 8.45am (9am departure)

10.30am arrive The Point Station, Windwhistle Rd, Windwhistle.
Welcome by hosts Steve & Teena Richards who will give the history of the property. Visit to include morning tea followed by a leisurely stroll of the large garden featuring established plantings of rhododendrons and English trees. The visit concludes with a glimpse into the historic homestead.
11.45am depart The Point and travel to Middle Rock for a midday arrival.
Welcome by hosts Lyn & Bruce Nell and Charlotte Rietveld who will give the history of the property. Visit to include light lunch served in the garden or indoors if cold. After lunch, time for a wander of the large Middle Rock garden. The visit concludes with a farm coach tour of Middle Rock with commentary from the owners.
1.40pm depart Middle Rock for Rockwood 590 Washpen Rd, Windwhistle. Arrive Rockwood at 2pm.
Hosts Ben & Cheryl Richards will greet and give the history of Rockwood. Time to explore the woodland garden and admire the recently refurbished historical homestead bordered by native bush and the Rockwood Stream. Afternoon tea served. Departure 3.30pm
5.30pm arrive Christchurch Horncastle Arena

$135 per person. Includes coach travel, morning tea, lunch and afternoon refreshments.

This promises to be an interesting day experiencing country hospitality at its best. Register via the CHS office or download a registration form