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The Old Anama School - stylish countryside escape

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TV, DVD player, books, stereo
TV, DVD player, books, stereo
TV, DVD player, books, stereo
3 bedrooms, iron/ironing board, WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of The Old Anama School - stylish countryside escape

The Old Anama School - stylish countryside escape

5.0/5 Exceptional

Guests rated this property 5.0/5 for cleanliness.

Entire home

3 bedrooms2 bathroomsSleeps 6

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Air conditioning
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Outdoor Space

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • 24-hour vacancy between guest stays
  • Sheets and towels washed at 60°C
Surrey Hills, Canterbury

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationMount Somers18 min drive
  • Popular LocationPeel Forest Park37 min drive
  • Popular LocationAwa Awa Rata Reserve42 min drive
  • AirportAshburton (ASG)52 min drive

Space details

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6
Bedroom 1
    2 single beds
Bedroom 2
    1 queen bed
    1 sofa bed
Bedroom 3
    1 queen bed
Bathroom 1
Bathroom 2
    No shower or bath

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

The Old Anama School - stylish countryside escape

Lakefront Holiday home with kitchen and patio
Set in park-like grounds, this beautifully renovated property has extensive gardens, country views and even a tennis court to enjoy.

This historic Cantabrian school, surrounded by oak trees planted in 1902 for King Edward VII's coronation, has found a new lease of life as a countryside escape for couples, families and groups.

If you're looking for a bolthole - curl up with a book in front of the log fire, enjoying the original features and all the modern comforts to have a relaxing stay (including broadband internet).

The Old Anama School is situated at the base of the pretty Surrey Hills, 10 minutes drive from either Mt Somers or the little town of Mayfield, which is home to a great local pub/cafe and the famous second-hand shop, Overflow.

Its position in mid-Canterbury directly off Main Scenic Highway 72 gives easy access to Mt Somers track, Mt Hutt, the Hakatere Conservation Park and Mt Sunday or, to Lord of the Rings fans, Edoras.

The busy tourist town of Methven is just 25 min away. Great location for ski/snowboarders, hikers, nature enthusiasts or anyone wanting to 'get away from it all'.

The Old Anama School - Layout:

Bedroom 1
Queen bed and additional sofa bed

Bedroom 2
Queen bed

Bedroom 3
Two single beds

Lounge: The old main classroom is now a large stylish lounge and dining area with plenty of comfortable seating and a logburner and heatpump/air conditioning.

Kitchen: Fully equipped modern kitchen with dishwasher, oven, microwave, fridge freezer, as well as additional dining table and chairs.

Bathroom: Brand new bathroom with shower and bath. There is also an additional toilet.

Large deck area and gazebo with BBQ and outdoor furniture.

Children are welcome. No pets. No smoking or vaping indoors or outdoors.

Prices are for 2 people. Additional guests are charged an extra $20 per person per night.

No charge for children under 2 if you bring own travel cot and bedding

Linen included. Plenty of off-street parking for cars, boats and campervans.

If you have a special request, please do not hesitate to ask.

Mt Hutt Skifield - 20 mins (to access road)
Methven - 24 min
Geraldine - 25 min
Mayfield - 5 min
Mount Somers - 9 min
Staveley- 14 min
Lake Clearwater - 43 min
Lake Tekapo - 1 hr 33 min
Lake Heron - 1 hr 6 min
Ashburton - 28 min
Timaru - 1 hour
Terrace Downs Golf Resort - 43 min
Christchurch Airport - 1 hr 25 min

Local activities:
Hakatere Recreation Area
Skiing snowboarding Mt Hutt
Four-wheel driving
Golfing (four golf courses nearby)
Shopping - Overflow in Mayfield
Restaurants and Cafes nearby in Mayfield, Stavely, Mt Somers.

-Full kitchen facilities, self-catering including dishwasher, oven, microwave.
-Heatpump/air conditioning
- Broadband internet
-CD Player
- DVD Player
-Washing machine
- Dryer

Tennis court (with racquets and balls available)
Mature park-like setting

3 x bicycles and sports equipment.
Air-conditioned accommodation at this holiday home offers DVD players and coffee/tea makers. Rooms open to patios. Kitchens offer fridges, hobs, microwaves and kitchenware and utensils. Bathrooms include baths or showers and hairdryers.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter


Contactless social distancing
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Close to skiing


  • WiFi available

Parking and transport

  • Car required

Family friendly

  • Children's toys
  • Children's games
  • High chair


  • Fridge
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster
  • Spices
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Freezer


  • 3 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided
  • Sofa bed


  • 2 bathrooms
  • Bath or shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels provided

Living spaces

  • Wood stove


  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Books
  • Stereo

Outdoor areas

  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Outdoor furniture


  • Washing machine and dryer


  • Air conditioning
  • Heating


  • No pets allowed


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Iron/ironing board

Location highlights

  • On the lake
  • On the river
  • In the mountains
  • In a rural location
  • In a village

Things to do

  • Cycling on site
  • Tennis on site
  • Rock climbing nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Mountain climbing nearby
  • Rafting nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Cycling nearby
  • Horse riding nearby

Safety features

  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Smoke detector
  • Deadbolt lock


  • Sleeps 6

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Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a private host, not a professional engaged in trade or business
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
On-site parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a first aid kit and a deadlock
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation

We should mention

A car is required for transport to and from this property

Property is also known as

The Old Anama School - Stylish Countryside Escape Mayfield
Old Anama School Stylish Countryside Escape House
Old Anama School Stylish Countryside Escape
The Old Anama School Stylish Countryside Escape
The Old Anama School Stylish Countryside Escape
The Old Anama School Stylish Countryside Escape
The Old Anama School - stylish countryside escape Surrey Hills

About this area

Surrey Hills

Located in Surrey Hills, this holiday home is in a rural area and on a river. Local points of interest include Mount Somers. Make sure you get close to the area's animals with activities such as game walks and birdwatching.

What's nearby

  • Mount Somers - 18 min drive
  • Peel Forest Park - 37 min drive
  • Awa Awa Rata Reserve - 42 min drive
  • Trott's Garden - 42 min drive
  • Vintage Railway Museum - 43 min drive


  • Panthers Rock - 10 min drive
  • Stronechrubie - 11 min drive

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 65 out of 66 reviews
5 - Excellent 98%
Rating 4 - Good. 1 out of 66 reviews
4 - Good 2%
Rating 3 - Okay. 0 out of 66 reviews
3 - Okay 0%
Rating 2 - Poor. 0 out of 66 reviews
2 - Poor 0%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 66 reviews
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Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Converted Anama School building
Extremely well converted former school with every conceivable thing provided to enhance your stay. Very good kitchen. TV and CD player. Books and games. Large log fire. Outside eating areas. Near the north branch of the Hinds river.

5/5 Excellent

Get place to play games or role play with friends.

5/5 Excellent

Great place
Beautiful property inside and out and easy to warm. Lots of grounds to spread out in and a variety of things to do. Excellent place to stay. Happy to stay here again.

5/5 Excellent

Unique & Immaculate
What a great spot. So much history and such a wonderful repurpose of the structures and space. Beautiful fittings and furnishes. Immaculately clean and breezy check in process. Beats a local motel!

5/5 Excellent

Home away from home
A return visit as our first stay was so good. Perfect for a ski week. Very well appointed, warm , and comfortable. Even got a bit of tennis in!