Speargrass Flat Road is my favourite road in Queenstown and I’m known to be fickle about my roads. A heady lane split into two full to bursting with green, heavenly scented flowers and views. In Autumn it is on fire with golds, oranges and yellows. In Winter dusted with snow.
This past weekend I spent some time in a place so delicious you will be scrambling for your delicious-o-meter to check.
A perfect valentines staycation.
Jewel On Speargrass has been on my mind for a while so settle back while I explain about this unique place. A lush hideaway just out of the town centre.
The land dates back to the 1800’s and was once part of Thurlby Domain which sits next door. In 1943 Ron Gordon purchased the Domain and Circa 1940 Jewel On Speargrass was built and designed by the two Ron’s (Gordon and Young). Both romantics and story tellers and a love for the outdoors and it’s natural beauty. This is (with some fiddling) the original house in which I stayed in.
I packed my suitcase and trusty camera and headed, literally five minutes from my house. I’ve wanted to nosey around this part of Queenstown for as long as I can remember. The wonderful people at Relax it’s Done contacted me to stay and I packed my little suitcase.
Relax It’s Done are superhero’s in terms of looking after luxury accommodation here in Queenstown. Need a private chef waiting for you on arrival- it’s sorted. Want someone to pick you out the best cheese and wine for the evening in your accommodation? They do that too.
On arrival I had my camera out and was running around this beautiful house discovering all the nooks and crannies. A beautiful day bed sat outside, muslin flowing in the breeze, ripe and ready for a cup of tea. My favourite book at the ready. Two main bedrooms to choose from both looking out onto the grounds of the Domain and fountain!
A third bedroom with not-your-average-bunkbed (with not two but three bunks). Perfect for those smaller members of the family or additional guests that want to stay and relax too.
There’s so much care and delight gone into getting this house prepped for the weary traveller. I was ready to relax and settle back into full on luxury and this was exactly what we were greeted with. A fully stocked garage with stand up paddle boards, should the desire to head to nearby Lake Hayes hit. Bikes and helmets for the ample amount of trails in the area and I love a good board game so I was in luck with those too.
After much deliberation we settled for the bedroom at the back of the house with one of the comfiest beds I’ve slept in in a while. I wanted to stick it in the car for home but I was met with a resounding “no Jane”. Clever partner.
A wonderful addition to this 1940’s secret is the ample amount of mirrors in places you wouldn’t expect. Mirrors are a godsend in houses. They create light, give outside spaces a completely different feel and also create a focal point. I couldn’t move past the huge golden frame in our bedroom. Absolutely perfect for practicing your pout and for brides getting ready, a treat for photographers to capture.
Out on the lawn there is a space for boules, a canopy for picnics on the patio. If you’re really lucky Pukeko stalk the green. One of my absolute favourite of all the wildlife in these parts.
We settled in for an afternoon of tea on the lawn and books on the daybed, the sunshine had appeared, the breeze was light and soft.
I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect Saturday. Maybe a personal chef to create my dinner, but lucky for us Arrowtown is five minutes up the road. We then headed to our favourite Mexican for drinks and dinner.
Jewel on Speargrass. A complete hideaway for you and your loved one, bridesmaids, friends or just somewhere to relax and be alone. I won’t be wondering what is behind those beautiful gardens anymore but I will be wanting to return.
This piece was sponsored by Relax It’s Done and Jewel on Speargrass but as always my words and opinions are my own.