Jane Falconer welcomes you to her rambling country garden, set in the stark beauty of the Maniototo. The lawns and borders roll gracefully away from the house to two large ponds with rugged hills to one side and the distant mountains beyond, giving an impression of a lush oasis in the heat and dry of Central Otago. Experience a Garden tour.
Two large ponds have been developed and natural materials have been used throughout - schist stone and hardwood timbers integrate with the surrounding landscape. Planting of the sweeping borders that curl away from the house is restrained and the colours - blues, greys and shades of red - travel into the distant rural panorama. The stream passes through the heart of the garden, its margins well-clothed with a variety of damp-loving plants, edges of the creek are stone-lined with rocks brought in from the surrounding hills. An arching natural stone bridge, and a boat shed on the lower pond are special features at Clachanburn.View Map
The GardenerJane enjoys sharing her country garden and cottage with visitors. Her knowledge of gardening has developed over a life time. Although you may think she has gardening in this area under her control, she is quick to point out that the climate is extreme and keeps her on her toes. Once a Home Economics teacher, her skills in the kitchen are enjoyed by many visitors who take the opportunity to enjoy her country cuisine featuring home grown produce. Her produce and craft shop features a classic range of high quality products designed by Jane.
Time frame - depending on your interest in gardening allow approximately 1.5 hour to explore the garden. If teas or lunches are to be included, time to talk to Jane and enjoy the shop, allow 2 hours.
Lunch can be served in Homestead Dining Room if necessary.
The cottage originally was situated on Puketoi Station (4 km north) and was used as the station's shearers' quarters. After World War I the station was divided for returned servicemen into many farms of which Clachanburn was one.
We enjoy working with you to create your perfect day, from Labour weekend to - mid April.
Our large garden gives you wonderful photographic opportunities with a choice of formal photo's in the rose garden, or you may love the rustic, authentic boat shed and lots more too.
Our package usually involves the ceremony, photo's, drinks and nibbles before you move to a venue of your choice for the wedding breakfast. We can highly recommend the local hall in Patearoa, only 17km away, or the Maniototo Stadium in Ranfurly. We can host the complete wedding in the garden, and or Lunch the following day, we are willing to discuss all options with you.
Home grown fruit and vegetables are used in a variety of old family recipes making delicious pickles, relishes and jams.
Jane's sewing ability has produced a classic range of kitchenware including aprons, oven mitts, muslin throw-overs as well as sunhats, kneel pads and sleeve bands for garden use.
As the popularity of the shop has grown, Jane has introduced a small range of exclusive speciality lines for gardeners and cooks.