A Luxury Estate on 10 acres in Scenic Queenstown, New Zealand
Welcome to the most beautiful country in the world! Prepare for mind-blowage.
10 acres. 5 bedrooms. Views that will take your breath away. Champagne and cheese. Tennis and G&Ts. Hot tub Jacuzzi and chocolate. Kids laughing and playing in the lawn (kids are not included). This special place is best described through photos, a variety of which are shared below.
The modern interior of schist and natural wood blends perfectly with the incredible mountain environs. The warm, homey environment has an open floor plan that allows for easy movement between the kitchen, dining room, family room, all with a central fireplace in the middle to keep everything extra cozy. The main room around the kitchen is where everyone usually seems to gather to enjoy wine and snacks while looking out the giant windows on both sides that provide stunning views of the two iconic mountain ranges: The Remarkables and Coronet Peak.
The home itself also serves as the private gallery of Trey Ratcliff, a world-famous photographer who has collectors such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Edward Norton, as well as New Zealand collectors including Sir Michael Hill. When there are no guests, the home acts as an invite-only art gallery.
What amenities does the house have?
Sleeps max 10: King Bed in Master Room, King Bed in Room #2, King Bed in Room #3, Two Singles in Room #4, Two Singles in Room #5 Full Kitchen ready for cooking and serving (pots/pans/plates/utensils) Jacuzzi Cinema/Theater room Master bedroom with epic view Double-vanity in both the Master Bathroom and the Hall Bathroom Three toilets in the house Small office with great view One room with adorable beds for little girls or people that like to feel like princesses Arts & crafts nook for creative guests Laundry room with washer/dryer 2-car garage 6 bikes: 1 for an adolescent, 1 for a teen, 4 for adults Underfloor heating Huge deck for entertaining that opens into a private amphitheater lawn. Outdoor couches, seats Sex dungeon (just kidding… or am I?) New tennis court, rackets, balls, practice wall Basketball court, netball court Giant lawn for the kids to romp Board games Short drives to award winning restaurants, shopping, and activities. Many recommendations are at the bottom of this page If Trey Ratcliff (the artist-in-residence) is at his nearby studio, he is welcome to give you an art tour if interested
New Zealand and this beautiful home are waiting on you!
The house is situated right in the middle of the countryside, as you see above. It’s about 10 minutes from Queenstown and 10 minutes from Arrowtown. There are views in all directions, from The Remarkables to Coronet Peak. If you’re here for skiing, its just a short 10 minute drive to the top of Coronet!
This is a view from the front yard of the house. It sits on about 10 acres (4 hectres) of land. Depending on the time of year, this field might be full of sheepies. They are yours to play with to channel your inner shepherd. If anyone ever accuses you of being intimate with a sheep, just say the good ‘ol New Zealand phrase, “No! No! I was just helping this sheep over the fence!”
The front view opens onto the scene of the sprawling Remarkables Mountains. Open the sliding glass doors for the fresh New Zealand air.
The long table. Seating for 10+.
Here’s a view of the media/theater room from just outside. One time we found a dead neighbor in that bush, but that probably won’t happen to you.
The master bedroom faces The Remarkables and the front yard, where sheep wander about and engage in sheep-like activities.
The family room is perfect for board games, pizza parties, and Netflix & Chill.
Here’s the same room from another angle.
Outdoor seating with a natural grass amphitheater that looks onto Coronet Peak beyond the willows.
A short drive away is beautiful Lake Wakatipu. Countless beautiful views and hikes for all levels can be found in this area.
A view of the kitchen and dining room table. The home has warm and unique lighting at night.
One of the five comfy rooms.
This hallway leads to four bedrooms.
Roses climb the fences around the tennis and basketball courts.
Beautiful artistic details around the home. Unique works gathered from around the world.
The dining room table looks out towards The Remarkables. Underfloor heating ensures you’ll be cozy even in the middle of a moody New Zealand winter. In the middle of the summer, all the doors slide open on both sides to allow for the breeze to travel through the entire hom
A view of the Master Bathroom. Just to the right is the huge shower. Inside, two shower heads allow you to stand side-by-side with someone and have awkward conversations or whatever people do in the shower.
The family room is on the other side of the pass-through fireplace. All rooms feature some of Ratcliff’s fine art. This one features a diptych of Tokyo.
Here is a blueprint of the home that gives you an idea of the placement of each of the rooms. Things not labeled include the laundry room, front/back porch, and various bathrooms.
A hot jacuzzi awaits you every night. It’s European-style, which I think means clothing-optional.
Manicured gardens on the property.
Here’s a view of the house and the 10 acres from above. There is plenty of room to romp around. The main house is there on the center right and the tennis court is on the left.
The entrance has an elliptical driveway, which is at least 30% more interesting than a circular driveway. There’s plenty of parking if you want to have a few friends over.
Japanese Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) frame the tennis court. The court also features a basketball hoop and a netball hoop. Netball is popular in New Zealand; it’s kind of like basketball but there is no backboard and it’s quite boring.
This room has two twin beds, but this should be fairly obvious just by looking at it.
Here’s another of the five bedrooms. This one has great views of the mountains.
Even though the whole home is cozy with underfloor heating, every evening is made better with a roaring fire. Want to know more about the Queenstown Area?
Here are a bunch of fun and scenic places to visit in the immediate area.
Here’s a view of downtown Queenstown in the winter. It’s charming town that’s very walkable, has incredible restaurants, bars, and shopping. The top of the gondola (where this photo was taken) also has a restaurant and bar.
Artist-in-residence, Trey Ratcliff, lives a short two minute walk away from the main house in his two-bedroom cottage that he uses as an art studio. When he is in town, he is available for art tours of the home. He currently has eight works hanging in the home. More information about the fine art can be found on the link below.
Want to take a nice walk without needing to get in the car? Just walk here, down beautiful Speargrass Flats road. To find this place, walk down the driveway of the home, turn right on Mountain View Road, then turn right on Dalefield road… walk down the curvy hill, then turn left on Speargrass Flats.
Another fun walk is at Lake Hayes. It’s a five-minute drive from the home. There is a manicured path around the outside that is about 8km (5 miles) long.
My friends at Over the Top Helicopters can take you up to play some fantasy golf. Contact Louisa (just call her “Choppy” – she’s a legend). Tell them Trey sent ya.
If you want any advice/help on everything from balloon rides to helicopter rides, just contact us at the link below. This shot was taken around sunrise on Lake Hayes, which is just a five-minute drive away.
Here’s the famous Earnslaw ship on Lake Wakatipu. You can join everyone on board and head over to a sheep station on the other side of the lake for a bit of fun.
Bob’s Cove is about a 30 minute drive away along the road to Glenorchy. It’s a must-stop!
About a 3.5hour drive to the north is a place called Lake Tekapo. It has some of the most amazing skies in the world in addition to world-class observatories.
Want to see the most beautiful road in the world? Drive about an hour to Glenorchy. There are several cafes there too that make for a perfect day-trip. Fun fact: They have only recently stopped eating humans in Glenorchy.
If you drive about 30 minutes towards Kingston, you’ll come here to a place called The Devil’s Staircase.
This is the famous Crown Range road that connects Queenstown to Wanaka. This particular spot is only about 20 minutes from the home. You can actually see the home down there in the valley if you have really, really good vision.
One hour to the north is another town called Wanaka. It’s definitely worth the drive. There is a famous tree in the lake where lots of annoying people take selfies. It’s okay if you want to do it too. Most people aren’t as judgy as me.
This is the Earnslaw Burn. It can really only be accessed by helicopter.
Milford Sound is about a four-hour drive away. That seems like a long way, but the drive there is almost as beautiful as the destination itself.
If you make a day trip to Glenorchy (which you absolutely should), be sure explore the boardwalks into the wetlands. It’s an easy walk with incredible views.
Here is the artist-in-residence, now writing in third person, at Burning Man.
Don’t forget your camera!
Have a few extra days? Why not visit this amazing yoga/wellness/meditation retreat called Aro Ha? It’s out near Glenorchy and you’ll come away feeling better than you have in your entire life! Favorite Restaurant and Bars
Slow Cuts in Arrowtown. Friendly, casual dining with incredible food.
La Rumbla in Arrowtown. Higher end tapas. Reservations are usually a good idea.
Aosta in Arrowtown. High end Italian food.
The Blue Door bar in Arrowtown. Cool underground medieval vibe. Wednesday nights get crazy.
Fork & Tap bar in Arrowtown. Super casual bar with burgers.
Fat Badger’s Pizza in Queenstown. Pretty much what you expect!
Private Chef: Want to have an amazing meal at home? Contact Pete Gawron below! Video about Queenstown
Below is a rather dramatic video that the artist-in-residence created after he moved here about a decade ago.