Holiday home on quarter acre section. Sleeps 6. Plenty of space in house.
About Christine Kokay
My husband and I are both retired and we enjoy meeting people and travelling. We have grown up children living in different parts of the world and so a great excuse to pack the bags and head off. We live in Lincoln which is abut 2 1/2 hours drive from Fairlie and we love to escape to this part of the world. The Mackenze country is a magic part of the South Island.
Christine Kokay purchased this House in 1986
Why Christine Kokay chose Fairlie
A chance to return to days of old and family times. Experience staying in one of Fairlie’s oldest houses! Built in the 1880's, the house is quaint, rustic, warm and full of character. Put your feet up, relax, unplug from the modern world and feel your troubles melt away. Go for a swim in the Opihi River if the weather is nice or if the weather isn't so great, light the fire and relax with movies, books, and board games to provide entertainment.
What makes this House unique
Opposite the golf course. Close to the Ophua dam for water skiing and boating. Close to Mt Dobson for great skiing. Only half an hour from Tekapo and the "Dark Sky Reserve" - the best chance to see stars in the clear dark skies at night. A small town with friendly people and within easy walking distance of the river, museum, playground, pubs and restaurants.
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
A fantastic old world charm exudes in this place. Great location in town with so much history in the building and on the shelves that it is impossible not to love it.
Iam so pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to possibly seeing you back again at some stage.
Warm inviting home
Had a lovely time in Girlie. The home was welcoming and very quiet. The fireplace was very welcome. The double bed could be looked at in future, a little uncomfortable. Nevertheless thoroughly enjoyed our stay
Thank you for your review and I am pleased you enjoyed your stay in Fairlie.
Comfortable experience of the past
This house has echoes of our childhood home right down to the original creaking floorboards, the stone sinks and the food safe. We enjoyed staying here and going down memory lane - it was comfortable overnight, had the cooking facilities we needed and had sunny spots to eat breakfast. The bonus was that we were able to charge our EV overnight (from a 3 pin plug. ) and so saved us fast charging time later.
It was a pleasure having you to stay at The Old Forge and thank you so much for leaving the place tidy at the end of your stay.
Quirky old house to stay in super close to town and playground
Quirky old house to stay in super close to town and playground.
Thank you for your feed back and pleased you had a pleasant stay
Delightful traditional old style house
Delightful traditional old style house. Loved the balance of original decoration and modern facilities. New shower and bathroom are excellent. Having stayed in this house for a week I would have liked the kitchen to be modern rather than sixties. But I notice on the reviews, other people have found it attractive :) - Ian & Sue 58yr old from UK.
Great location. ideal for visiting family in Fairlee. Good space, enough for 4 adults and two children not to feel on top of each other, Lovely quirky place. Clean and comfortable.
I would have given it 5 stars but felt the outside patio area was very neglected and needed a tidy up.
Definitely recommend staying here.
Would definitely stay here again
Thsnk you got your feedback and points noted. Will have it sorted for your next stay :)
Fairlie is a typical small farming town with friendly locals. It is a very safe town, and easy to walk around.
You will find the township within a short, five minute walk. You can buy any groceries or supplies in the Four Square in town, and there are some lovely restaurants and cafes to choose from if you want to eat out. The excellent Fairlie Golf Course is also a short walk from the Old Forge, and there are some lovely walks you can do along the river.
Nearby to Fairlie is the Mt Dobson ski field (a 10 minute drive to the entrance). Mt Dobson boasts some of the best views and powder in the winter. You can ski and ride all day on natural, dry powder snow with all day sun and wide-open, uncrowded runs.
A 30 minute drive will bring you to Lake Tekapo. Here, you can find hot pools, an outdoor ice skating rink, and the Roundhill Ski Area. A wonderful attraction here is The Night Sky - a great way to see the stars at night in clear skies.
Finally, an hour’s drive will bring you to the magnificent Mt Cook/Aoraki – New Zealand’s tallest Mountain.