May, 2022Works underway to convert a derelict 1870s farm building near
Arrowtown into a function and wedding venue.
Ive always wanted to do it up because its had a bit of a hiding over
the years, says Roger Monk, whose familys farmed the area since
Southwest of Arrowtown, the two-level stone building was built by an
early farming family, the McDonnells McDonnell Road, which the
barns on, remembers their contribution.
Historic graffiti on a ground-floor internal wall also includes the
inscription, Thos McDonnell.
That floor was formerly divided into horse stables and a tack room.
Monk says hes repairing some of the original fixtures and putting them
He thinks the upper floor originally stored horse feed, though he and his
predecessor used it as a wool shed.
Following a resource consent issued last year, an over-roofs being
constructed over the existing roof, a new floors being built over the
original timber first floor and a staircase will connect the two floors.
A lean-to structure will replace a 1950s corrugated iron lean-to, and a
pergola for wedding ceremonies and toilet block will be built nearby,
along with a carpark.
Monk says he needed to restore the building to prevent it from falling to
You just dont want to let things [like this] just go.
Its a costly exercise, however, so youve got to get a return off it
As a function/wedding centre, itll have capacity for 150 people.
Monk expects the venue to be open towards the end of next year.
Source: Mountain Scene
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