At Violinos, Ashburton

Ashburton holiday cottage Ashburton family holiday home Holiday home near Mt Hutt NZ Ashburton farmstay Ashburton musical farmstay

Ashburton Holiday Cottage

Self Contained cottage on a 23 hectare farm with wonderful mountain views.

Boutique Accommodation, Musical Farmstay, Romantic Hideaway.

Visit our website for more detailed information

Unique musical instruments on farm to experiment with & play melodies (over 100 cow bells). Guitar shaped playground with giant chess, checkers, 9 men morris. Guided day tours of the music farm are available, where guests are shown how to play all of the instruments.

  • 5 minutes away from Ashburton. 15 minutes away from Methven (near Mt Hutt).

  • Musically themed picturesque Gardens.
  • 2 queen bedrooms, sleep-out with two single beds, share bathroom. Romantic option available, romantic bathroom in main homestead.
  • Self contained kitchen with stove top, multifunction microwave oven & 5 in 1 cook pot.
  • Guest have own laundry facilities.
  • Host speak Swiss, German and English
Bed layout: 2 Queen(s), 2 Single(s)

Nearest main airport: Christchurch
Distance: 86km South

Holiday Cottage Facilities

  • Linen provided
  • No disabled access
  • Children welcome
  • No smoking
  • No pets
  • BBQ
  • Boat parking
  • Cellphone coverage
  • Cleaning equipment
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Clothes line
  • Dryer
  • DVD
  • Electric blankets
  • Electric heat
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Heat pump
  • Iron
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Shower
  • Tea, coffee, sugar etc
  • Toaster
  • Trampoline
  • TV
  • Washing Machine
  • Cottage
  • Kitchen

Accommodation Rates

Year round (quoted in NZ$, subject to change)

  • $100.00 - 1 guest
  • $150.00 - 2 guests
  • $230.00 - 6 guests
  • Special rates for long stays
  • Rates include a guided tour of our musical farm
  • Please use our enquiry form to request a personalised quote
Musical Farm

In 2010 New Zealand's first Music Farm was developed. It is fun, it is informative and it is unique.

The magic begins in the refurbished house - a piano keyboard mat greets visitors - and extends throughout the house into the garden, into a magical playground, into fields, and into sheds large and small.

At each turn there are musical contraptions built with the help of Ashburton engineering whizz Lester Hobbs.

It contains the largest private cow bell collection in NZ. Over 100 of the cow bells have been imported from Switzerland and have been made into 4 different instruments. Some of the tuned cow bells are on a metal frame with the name of the notes marked on the bells for playing melodies.

Inside another shed you find the boomwhammers, not to be confused with the boomwhackers. The boomwhammers resemble at first glance a giant organ. It is fashioned from PVC downpipes, each cut to the right length, and to which is added a U-bend. To play a song, the open end of the U- tubes are struck with a jandal.

Another shed contains a stripped-down piano and a piano harp, the piano wires marked with notes. They are tuned to the same pitch and you can have a lot of fun playing duets, either plucking the strings or creating different sounds with the available tools.

Further afield are marimbas and Chinese gongs and even the windmill plays a famous NZ tune.

The ultimate musical treat is a musical outhouse. You'll have to see for yourself!!

At Violinos, Ashburton Enquiry Form


629 Methven Highway

Phone: +64 3 302 4680

Mobile: 027 6028 239


Web: Visit website


At Violinos, Ashburton Enquiry Form