The Distillers Hut, a cosy country retreat rich in the history of the pioneering spirit(s)!
Come and unwind, put your feet up by the crackling open fire or have a relaxing soak in the outdoor bath. Enjoy a coffee on the veranda or fill the thermos and make the short walk up the farm lane to take in the stunning country vistas.
Braintra is a working Wagyu beef and Dairy farm so you will see and hear the activities of farm life … motorbikes, barking dogs, stock bellowing, farmers’ yelling (only when the mustering turns to custard!!). There will also be occasional stock trucks and tractors going about their work.
The Distillers Hut is suitable for two people; it has two rooms, a living area and bedroom with ensuite. The living area has an open fire and kitchenette equipped with cutlery, crockery, kettle, toaster and electric egg cooker. The bedroom has a super king bed which can be split into two singles if required. The outdoor bath is located in a private courtyard setting outside the ensuite. A six burner hooded BBQ outside under a covered area is the only form of cooking facility so be prepared to cook up some BBQ fare or visit our local café’s, bars and restaurants in Winton, Lochiel or Invercargill. (Winton is 18kms (15 minutes) from us, Lochiel – 26kms, Invercargill CBD 45kms.)
(If you have a couple of friends who wish to join you we do have a spare room with a queen sized bed at the back of our home, entry is through the garage. A separate toilet and shower is available for use with access also through the garage. Cost per night $50.)
“Finlay and Isabella McRae left Scotland in July of 1863 on board the vessel Helenslee; it took them 113 days to reach New Zealand shores. In 1869 they bought 900 acres of wet and wild land in the Hokonui hills and were the second settlers to the area. They called their farm ‘Braintra’ after the place they had left behind in Scotland. The first home they built was a slab hut which was very similar to the ‘Distillers Hut’. The stories of whisky making in the Hokonui district is well known and secret distilling in the hills would have produced varying quality of this illicit spirit. Remnants of a still were found on Braintra but the McRae’s denied taking part in any such activities … although I’m sure a dram or two would have been enjoyed on occasion.”
186 Braintra Road