Meadowood Country House opened in October 2014.

Architecturally designed in 1934 as a replacement for the farm homestead devastated by the Napier earthquake in 1931, and built in 1936 to the latest Art Deco fashion, Meadowood Country House is not your average NZ farmhouse. Streamline style gives it a sweeping facade with curves and clean linear features.

A curving terrace provides a sunny morning coffee spot via french doors linking the outside to the open plan kitchen, dining and guest lounge area.

Four Bedrooms each feature the style, stories and ambiance of the 1930’s. You could share the facilities, such as lounges, kitchen/dining with 2 other couples or singles, or you can book the whole house exclusively [a special rate would apply]. Rooms are serviced on alternate days, unless otherwise requested. During peak periods a minimum 2 night stay may be required.

We offer a breakfast hamper included in your room rate. Please note, breakfast is not cooked for you, unless by special arrangement but is provided, including maybe delicious local Holly bacon, fresh eggs, maybe from our hens, cereals, yoghurt & fruit. We will check your personal preferences and any special dietary requirements at time of booking.

Fresh coffee from local roasters is included in your room rate, as is milk, tea and sugar.

Nearby are excellent cafes, pubs and restaurants where dining can be had from cheap and cheerful pub food, to 5 star chefs. Brunch can also be enjoyed at the waterfront cafes at Ahuriri or nearby winery cafes. The accommodation is near to both the Art Deco towns of Napier and Hastings.

Meadowood has a guest BBQ area for your enjoyment and the kitchen allows you to self cater or bring in a caterer for a special occasion dinner or event.



Emma and Colin Hadden, along with their little girl Ivy, are the current custodians of Meadowood House.  The Hadden family took over from the Witchalls in May 2017, who had spent the previous three years lovingly restoring this beautiful house.  The Haddens live in a separate property on site, in what they call “the servants’ quarters”!  Meadowood was once a thriving sheep farm and over the past 100 years was thoughtfully laid out in the 1930s by first, the Janett family, of Swiss descent and then Dudley & Nesta Payne, who between them created the beautiful park like setting we enjoy today. The trees are testament to their love of nature and include possibly the only mature native bush stand left on the Heretaunga plains .A walk amongst huge Kahiketea, Rimu, Titoki, native Beech and Karaka,  Rata and even a Kauri will give you an appreciation of our NZ flora and fauna. Native birds, such as tui, fantail and sometimes Blue Heron, Kingfisher, and Ruru {or morepork/ the NZ owl}, call this haven their home. Soak up the birdsong, or stroll under English Oaks, massive Cedar of Lebanon, Poplar and Liquid Amber trees in the sheep paddocks adjacent to the house.Giant Tulip tree, Ash, American Oak and Tupelo from the Mississippi, add a blaze of Autumn colour. Their shade offers a respite for our sheep, in the burning heat of a typical Hawkes Bay summer. The Meadowood vineyards of pinot gris and gewurtztraminer, are also open for guest walks.

Maori Pa in this area once fed early settlers, to whom they traded produce. Nearby is Omahu Maori village and Otatara Pa reserve, accessible by walking track. As past owners and now our visitors have commented – “There is an aura about this place”. We feel very lucky to be able to share it with you and know that you will appreciate it’s beauty.

Welcome to Meadowood.