Methven & Foothills 2017 House & Garden Tour Saturday 11th November.

The very popular Methven & Foothills House & Garden Tour returns for 2017, with another selection of wonderful homes. This tour gives you a chance to step inside a variety of homes around the Methven district – – and all for a great local cause. The owners of these homes have generously opened them for inspection as part of the fundraising effort for the Methven Care Trust building development – the charity set up to fundraise for the design and build for a new aged care facility to replace the existing Methven House facility.  Tickets will go on sale early October from


Glenkelinn, named by its owners, Glenys and Kelvin Williams, is a home that many will be curious to see inside. Now seven years old, set back from the road on Forest Drive, it is clearly ‘a little bit different.’

The couple are keen travellers, and say the design of the home is influenced by their travels in Europe.  To incorporate their trophy animals Kelvin and Glenys wanted a house with a high stud, Alpine style.

An avid hunter Kelvin says he was also keen to incorporate a hunting lodge element for their American and European hunting guests. The result is a comfortable, 4-bedroom blend of home and cosy lodge, with million-dollar views!

Built on three levels, the home comprises a cellar, living floor, and spacious master bedroom with en-suite and an office, all on the top level.

The front door is the first of many ‘wow’ moments, lovingly carved by talented woodcarver Vince Leonard. Inside, high, macrocarpa beamed ceilings, timber walls and doors, and polished concrete floors give a sense of spaciousness.

A large topographical map of mid South Island covers the wall in the entranceway, and another map of the South Island dominates a wall in the living room.

From the enormous stone fireplace to the many trophies on the walls and skins on the floor, the lodge theme is evident throughout, but not overpowering.

Kelvin’s handiwork is another feature.  He built the beautiful dining table and bench seats, designed the wagon wheel and stag antler light fittings, amongst numerous other items.

Upstairs, a walkover interior bridge takes you out onto a sunny balcony supported by reclaimed Jarrah bridge beams, and there are yet more, spectacular mountain views to catch your breath.

Spacious, sunny, full of surprises. This home is a must-see.

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