Built in the mid-eighties on prime farmland, 201 Lochiel Branxholme Road has easily become one of Southland's most popular wedding and function venues.
Now after entertaining thousands of visitors over the years, the iconic property and homestead known locally as ‘The Hideaway 201’ is ready for the next chapter.
“You don’t get properties of this calibre in Southland. It’s very unique, there’s nothing else quite like it” says Bayleys spokesperson Graeme Hegan.
The rustic four-bedroom, two bathroom homestead and idyllic garden-set venue sits on a sprawling 2.06 hectares, including beautifully landscaped gardens and approximately 6.80ha of prime Southland land. All are strategically located just 25km from Invercargill, 65 km from Gore and 163km from Queenstown Airport.
“It’s in the middle of everything, and because of that it services a huge area. Even though it’s surrounded by farmland, it’s not off the beaten track.” The property’s restaurant, a licensed premises for 100 guests, features a bar and commercial kitchen. An outdoor fireplace and seating area sit beneath a 100-plus-year-old oak tree, enhancing the venue's charm.
Once a gift shop, the wisteria draped cottage that sits adjacent to the main restaurant now offers a more intimate space to cater for 30 people as a board room or for smaller gatherings with accommodation possibilities.
“If you spoke to anyone in Southland about The Hideaway 201, they’ll know about it. It’s got a warm and well-known history as one of the area’s top wedding venues, with an increasing variety of social & public events” says Bayleys spokesperson Joanne Hegan.
But the hosting potential doesn’t stop there. Near the northern boundary of the property and through the renowned cherry blossom vista, stands an impressive permanent marquee overlooking perfectly manicured lawns and farmland. With a dreamy silk lining, concrete floors, and serviced amenities, it can cater for up to 250 guests, forming the perfect space to dance the night away in.
“It’s also nestled among a beautiful garden and overlooks paddocks and rural views. It’s really idyllic.”
“Southland’s weather can be really changeable. But the mature plantings provide the Hideaway’s own microclimate with perfect indoor-outdoor flow, giving event planners peace of mind when it comes to navigating the forecast” says Graeme.
Each function venue has access to a commercial-grade kitchen with cold storage, and extensive tomato/vegetable houses contribute fresh produce to the on-site restaurant.
Sitting centre stage, the impressive homestead completes The Hideaway 201’s offering. Tastefully renovated with open-plan living and dining spaces, an executive country-style kitchen, spacious deck and BBQ area, it’s the perfect blend of comfort and style as either owner/operator or guest accommodation.
“There’s a gorgeous Norwegian fire to gather around, overlooking the surrounding & beautiful mature trees that are home to native birds” says Joanne.
“It’s got a huge wow factor and is pretty special.”
Thanks to its large size and picturesque setting, the property has become a go-to conference and celebratory venue, having hosted various weddings, private functions, funerals and the highly anticipated annual Southern Artisan Christmas Fete.
“It’s ironic they called it The Hideaway but invited everyone to come and see it. People from all over the country travel to use the venues” says Graeme.
“It’s a fantastic chance for the next buyer to build on the existing foundations of such an established world class offering.”
A symbol of Southland’s rich history, The Hideaway 201 stands as a thriving business and unique investment opportunity for its new owner to carry forward an unforgettable legacy.