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Owned by New Zealand businessman Mark Palmer, the 4,000-acre Annandale estate farm, a leisurely hour’s drive south from Christchurch, ticks all our boxes for an old-fashioned yet luxurious getaway. Its location on the Banks Peninsula – a spectacular rocky headland facing the Pacific Ocean – is a picturesque palette of muscular ridges, private coves, and grassy hills grazed by the resident sheep and cattle. The master plan by architect Andrew Patterson comprises five spacious villas.

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Of these, the newly opened Scrubby Bay is, design-wise, probably the one that cleaves closest to the ideal of the New Zealander bach, and it’s all the more unforgettable for it. Comfortably accommodating 14 guests, the secluded cedar-clad villa stretches out along the beach and features three sea-fronted suites, a deck warmed by an open fire pit, and an outdoor spa. Arrival at this sea-flecked retreat is either by helicopter or a panoramic drive along cliff-top tracks. Roughing it has never been this comfortable.

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