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Robin and Sue

Clearview Lodge
  • - 4th generation Kiwi's, with 3 daughters, all of whom have left home, one of which has returned again!
  • - Robin is a part-time economic consultant, enjoys cooking, can be found on the tractor mowing or spraying, golf if he at all can!
  • - Sue is a qualified Kindergarten teacher (from her previous life!), enjoys baking and showing guests around the gardens
  • - Both enjoy golf (sometimes in the winners circle...photo to right) and entertaining (photo on left shows us in formal attire! Actually, off to a murder-mystery evening, dressed for the part)
  • - Both have completed: KiwiHost, First Aid, Food Handling courses
Clearview Lodge

"We enjoy hosting guests immensely and strive to consistently deliver an experience that exceeds guests expectations."

Discover more about Clearview Lodge, our luxury vineyard accommodation in the garden city of Christchurch, and the benefits of staying in our luxury lodge adjacent to Clearwater golf course.

Our Story

Clearview Lodge

-       Robin was working most waking hours, traveled the world for 12 weeks a year,  and we realised that, whilst financially successful, this probably wasn’t a family lifestyle that we wanted  through to retirement (if he made it that far!).

-         Both of us had professions that involved working with people (admittedly some were small ones!) and we felt that we would enjoy a hospitality role, where we could work together. Thus the idea of a bed & breakfast was hatched.

-        In the late 1990’s we began looking at existing lodges/homesteads in the surrounding districts and came to the conclusion that the best option for us, and our family, was to be on the fringe of Christchurch City (convenient for schooling, friends, shops... and guests) and to purpose-build (prohibitive costs of renovating).

-          Amusingly, in hindsight, our current location was one of the first properties we dismissed as too expensive. Then, after nearly buying an alternative site (with established vineyard), we came back to what was then 300 Johns Road and concluded a purchase at the end of 1998.

-         What we had bought was 10 acres of apple trees (there is a photo album in the lounge, with some aerial shots). This was then mostly cleared (leaving 350 Braeburn trees), olives and vines were planted, a 5-bay farm shed built, fences, drive-way etc. and by Christmas 2000 the triple garage, with Robin’s office above, was complete.

-         Robin then worked from this office during the 7-month (yes, that is all!) build of the main house, while we rented for a year. Our concept for the building was a French-Chateau...ish look on the drive-up but rooms oriented for the sun on the North-facing side. Guest rooms were to be hotel quality but more spacious and welcoming.

-         We moved in early August 2001 and started taking guests in February 2002. The rest, as they say, is history!

Clearview Lodge