53. Check into Falcon Brae Villa for an off-grid retreat
Live up luxury in New Zealand with its architectural masterpieces in the wildest of locations and five-star retreats with serious eco credentials: here is No. 53 of our 101 Reasons To Stop Dreaming About New Zealand And Go.
Part of the Luxury Lodges of New Zealand portfolio, Stonefly Lodge is a riverside property hewn from local stone and timber that sits lightly in the wilderness at the top of the South Island/Te Waipounamu (within an hour’s drive of Nelson). And in late 2019 it expanded its luxe offering.
The Falcon Brae Villa is set high on a hilltop above the lodge with 360 degree views capturing the full glory of the surrounding scenery – a confluence of forest, river and mountain. With ample space for a family or group, the boons of this seriously private retreat are many: from a central lounge area with five-metre ceilings complete with grand piano to a sunken bar, media room and outdoor space decked out with everything from a fire pit to a shady pergola, pool and hot tub.
Eighteen kilometres of native bush walks, world-class fly-fishing and all the activities of the Nelson Tasman region are on the doorstep. And to cap it all off – as with the lodge itself – Falcon Brae Villa is completely off-grid and runs on solar power.