Stay at a Stone-and-Glass Retreat in a Remote New Zealand Bay

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By Michele Koh Morollo
Relax and soak up the scenery at this stunning architectural gem close to the sea.

One of four luxury holiday rentals on Annandale, a working coastal farm estate nestled along the hilly Banks Peninsula in New Zealand’s South Island, this property is ideal for a romantic, natural escape.

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Designed by award-winning Auckland architect Andrew Patterson, this remote one-bedroom house, which rests on a rocky escarpment in a sheltered cove, is constructed as an angular, modern, stone-and-glass enclosure that looks out to breathtaking views of Pigeon Bay—a deserted, rocky bay where seals and dolphins often show up.

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Constructed predominantly with locally quarried stone, steel, poured concrete floors and a turf roof, the horizontal outline of the property harmonizes beautifully with its rugged natural surroundings. The house also has an outdoor terrace with a pool and fireplace, where you can enjoy a cup of tea and take in plenty of fresh air.

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The interlocking geometry of the house’s façade corresponds to the distant views of the rocky shoreline and the bay, so when looking out from within the property, it appears as if one is floating out on the open sea. 

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