Saddlewood homestead and surrounding garden is the fulfilment of a dream by the late Alistair Neill. Inspired by many trips to England he decided to create his own patch of the ‘Old Country’.
The homestead was built in 1963 and its design was influenced by the Cape Cod style, of which Alistair was a keen admirer.
The Todd family has been Saddlewood’s owner since 1987. Richard and Anita Todd have been living in the homestead since 2012. Both house and garden have been under development since then.
The garden surrounds the house and some of its features include; plantings of exotic trees, development of sections of garden, swimming pool, lake, several ponds and an impressive ha-ha at the end of the lawn . A curved driveway connects the house to the main drive and on either side some lovely established deciduous trees provide a peaceful woodland setting. In spring time the ground is a mass of daffodils and other select spring bulbs.
During the past four years the main project has been to clear and rejuvenate areas overgrown with trees and shrubs, many which would have originally been planted in the 1960’s and 70’s. The White Garden is currently being reinstated back to its original theme and a vegetable area is in its early stages of development.
Richard and Anita farm mostly red deer and some sheep on their property. Between farming and Anita’s part-time teaching, they love to develop and maintain their home and garden. Their garden is a continually evolving property that aims to reflect the English theme for which it was originally intended.
Richard and Anita are delighted to be a part of the Hurunui Gardens event and welcome the opportunity to share it with you.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Phone: +64 (0)3 3144090
Contact Person: Anita Todd
Hours: Saddlewood is open for the Hurunui Gardens open days. Open by appointment during November and December.
Price: $10.00 (Children under 17 free)
Parking: Cars to park in the paddock off the main entrance as indicated.
Toilets: Our toilet is not wheelchair friendly, however, there are ones in Waikari and Hawarden, so please make use of these before you come.
Food: Tea & coffee for groups over 10 people, available by prior arrangement only.
Seating: There are plenty of seating areas for you to relax and enjoy the garden.
Dogs: Dogs are not allowed in the garden or on the property.
Wheelchair Access: Initial steps to access the garden, the garden is a combination of flat, to a slight gradient. Steps down to one pond area.
Children: Yes, we love to see children visiting and enjoying our garden under supervision. Please keep a close eye on small children as we have water features and electric fences that are hazards.