A home away from home
The heartbeat of our homestay comes from our Christian world-view which aims to give guests a friendly, warm welcome in our beautiful environment. This is your chance to unwind and recharge. We can be a convenient stop-over between the Mackenzie country and Christchurch , or simply a quiet weekend away from the bustle of city life.
Our house was built in 1951 by Steve’s parents. It started off as a single storied design award-winning house but soon a second story was added as the four sons became seven! Steve’s father, Austen Deans, remembered the pleasure he and his brother had sleeping on an open balcony so built one for his sons, all of whom have slept out there during their growing up years. This balcony overlooks our large green lawn, the bush and up onto Little Mt. Peel.
Wood pigeons can be seen doing their sun dives and several years in a row a bellbird nested in the grapevine that winds itself along the rail. The dawn chorus is magnificent. We have 4 single beds and one double bed on the balcony for guests to use for a unique Peel Forest experience.
We also have a self-contained bunkhouse twenty metres from the house, whose veranda looks up onto the mountains and spectacular sunsets. This rustic and cosy room contains 5 single beds 1 double, a large table and a small kitchenette.
We can provide meals for all our house guests or they can use the house or bunkroom kitchens themselves.
We are a welcoming, open family and love to provide hospitality and a home for people, treating all our guests as friends. So if you need accommodation in Peel Forest contact us now via our contact page.
Steve and Jenny Deans are your hosts here at Peel Forest Homestays. Having lived our married life (over 30 years!) in the district, we have a good knowledge of the local walks, history and places of interest.
We have lived in this house for 20 years and have raised both our children here. Also living with us is Jenny’s niece Masha and her daughter, Zana. Masha is an integral part of the hospitality here at Peel Forest Homestay. She does her share of food preparation, housework and farm chores. She is also very fond of our horses and is happy to take guests for a ride for a small fee.
We are very fortunate to be surrounded by many of Austen Deans works, but the artistic connection doesn’t end there; Jenny’s brother, Lindsay Crooks, was a well known Dunedin artist, and several of his paintings also hang in the house.