Brookhaven Country Garden & Farm Homestay.


The Garden

Brookhaven derived its name from the stream that flows throughout the garden, where it cascades down the terrace into a pond. My style of gardening comes from my belief of always having a peaceful garden that still holds a feeling of space. This is achieved by the expansive lawns, with a large specimen tree that catches your eye.

Development started in 1994, but originated in the early 1900's with the building of the homestead. This history is shown through the large Spreading Elm, which dominates the garden.

The colour is dramatised by the foliage, mass plantings of Silver Pears, Maples, Malus's and an avenue of Flowering Cherries. This succeeds to give colour to the native planting scheme. Plants are chosen so they can flourish in the drought prone, stony soils.

The garden appears to have different rooms merging into one, framed formally by Buxus hedges. The orchard contains two massive Walnut trees as well as Pears, Cherries and the sought after floury cooking apples. Make your way through the maze of Pittopsrum Hedges, open the door and you will follow a path through the native section, where there are surprises that will delight at every corner.

The garden is still growing and 2015 saw a new development of a Red Rose garden complete with beautiful white pigeons that have made their home in an established group of old gum trees. It’s so peaceful watching them on their fly-bys around the garden.  2017 there are plans for a very large formal Rhododendron garden surrounded with a Hornbeam Hedge. There are paths to walk through and it  will look stunning when completed.

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The Gardener


Lynda & Nigel have farmed at Castlerock for the last 26 years. Lynda’s passion is the garden, while Nigel is the farmer!.



Garden Details

544A Lumsden Mossburn Highway, Castelrock, RD2 Lumsden
03 2487206 027 620 9867
Contact Person
Lynda Gilkison
Opening hours: From 9.30am- 4.00pm during the months of September- early December.
Garden Size
Brookhaven is a large country garden.
$10 per person.
Off street parking is available for coaches buses and cars.
Cafe/Resaurant Available
There is a café in the garden where coffee, tea and muffins are available for purchase.
Yes we have seating available around the garden should you wish to stay a while and enjoy the views.
Make sure to stop and play a game of chess on our giant teak chess set, which sits beside a striking fountain. Or have a picnic while enjoying the beautiful scenery.
Wheelchair Access
Our grounds are not wheel chair friendly.
Dogs Allowed
Due to a working sheep farm we prefer no dogs but maybe by arrangement if they are kept on a lead.
Children Allowed
Children are welcome but younger children need to be supervised due to water hazards.
Brookhaven Cottage is a self-contained recently renovated three bedroom cottage with a large office. Our accommodation offers a quiet comfortable retreat where you can relax and enjoy the beautiful views of the farm and surrounding countryside.
It has a fully functional kitchen, separate bathroom, TV dining table and laundry. The linen is smart, clean and tasteful and
The cottage has lots of character. You will feel completely at home there. Brookhaven cottage sleeps five with a spare settee.
Give us a call for prices.
We are happy to discuss small weddings with the happy couple.
Guided Tours
I am available should you like a tour of the garden. Also farm tours may be available by arrangement.
Other Facilities

We have a Chest Set and Petanque for those who wish to indulge.

We are only ¾ drive from Te Anau and the beautiful Milford Sound. Just over an hour to Queenstown and Invercargill and ¾ drive to Gore.

The around the mountains Rail Trail goes right past our gate and mountain bikes are available for hire should you require them.