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private garden

Brookhaven Country Garden & Farm Homestay

544A Lumsden Mossburn Highway, Castelrock, RD2 Lumsden

Overview

Brookhaven derived its name from the stream that flows throughout the garden, where it cascades down the terrace into a pond. My style of gardening comes from my belief in always having a peaceful garden that still holds a feeling of space. This is achieved by the expansive lawns, with a large specimen tree that catches your eye.

Development started in 1994 but originated in the early 1900s with the building of the homestead. This history is shown through the large Spreading Elm, which dominates the garden.

The colour is dramatised by the foliage, mass plantings of Silver Pears, Maples, Malus's and an avenue of Flowering Cherries. This succeeds to give colour to the native planting scheme. Plants are chosen so they can flourish in the drought-prone, stony soils.

The garden appears to have different rooms merging into one, framed formally by Buxus hedges. The orchard contains two massive Walnut trees as well as Pears, Cherries and the sought after floury cooking apples. Make your way through the maze of Pittopsrum Hedges, open the door and you will follow a path through the native section, where there are surprises that will delight at every corner.

The garden is still growing and 2015 saw a new development of a Red Rose garden complete with beautiful white pigeons that have made their home in an established group of old gum trees. It’s so peaceful watching them on their fly-bys around the garden.  2017 there are plans for a very large formal Rhododendron garden surrounded with a Hornbeam Hedge. There are paths to walk through and it will look stunning when completed.

The Gardener

Lynda & Nigel have farmed at Castlerock for the last 26 years. Lynda’s passion is the garden, while Nigel is the farmer!

Garden Size

Brookhaven is a large country garden.

Other Facilities

We have a Chest Set and Petanque for those who wish to indulge.

We are only ¾ drive from Te Anau and the beautiful Milford Sound. Just over an hour to Queenstown and Invercargill and ¾ drive to Gore.

The around the mountains Rail Trail goes right past our gate and mountain bikes are available for hire should you require them.

Info

  • Price
    $10 per person.
  • Parking
    Off street parking is available for coaches buses and cars.
  • Wheelchair Access
    Our grounds are not wheelchair friendly.
  • Dogs allowed?
    Due to a working sheep farm, we prefer no dogs but maybe by arrangement if they are kept on a lead.
  • Cafe/Restaurant available?
    There is a café in the garden where coffee, tea and muffins are available for purchase.
  • Picnics
    Make sure to stop and play a game of chess on our giant teak chess set, which sits beside a striking fountain. Or have a picnic while enjoying the beautiful scenery.
  • Children allowed?
    Children are welcome but younger children need to be supervised due to water hazards.
  • Toilets?
    Yes.
  • Seating
    Yes, we have seating available around the garden should you wish to stay awhile and enjoy the views.
  • Accommodation
    Brookhaven Cottage is a self-contained recently renovated three-bedroom cottage with a large office. Our accommodation offers a quiet comfortable retreat where you can relax and enjoy the beautiful views of the farm and surrounding countryside. It has a fully functional kitchen, separate bathroom, TV dining table and laundry. The linen is smart, clean and tasteful and The cottage has lots of character. You will feel completely at home there. Brookhaven cottage sleeps five with a spare settee. Give us a call for prices.
  • Guided Tours
    I am available should you like a tour of the garden. Also, farm tours may be available by arrangement.
  • Weddings

    We are happy to discuss small weddings with the happy couple.

Map

544A Lumsden Mossburn Highway, Castelrock, RD2 Lumsden