Old Slaughterhouse's balcony
After a couple hours, Dave, who owned the place, came home from a walk. He was incredibly welcoming. He had been a sheep shearer for thirty years and when he was in Ireland, he discovered hostels and realized he wanted to spend the rest of his life running one. His son and him spent two years building the three buildings that make up the Old Slaughterhouse. They used a ton of wood in a very open layout. This is definitely the type of place I hope to live in one day. I am told that it is off grid except for the telephone. They get major supplies up the hill with an ATV. One building has two double rooms. Another has a triple and a six-person bunk room. The main building is their private quarters, the communal kitchen, bathrooms, and living space. It is brilliant. Their kitchen island is made out of an Australian hardwood that was being replaced from the telephone poles on the road by their house. They have a hammock. When Dave's wife got home, it was even more brilliant. She brought along their three dogs, two giant labs, and a happy mutt.
Old Slaughterhouse's main building
While we had only planned to stay for a night, we loved it so much that we stayed for two. It was peaceful. It overlooks the Tasman Sea. It was too cloudy to have a great sunset either night, but I can imagine they get some great ones. The dogs loved being pet as much as I loved petting them. I'm definitely going back some day and could encourage you to do the same.
A walking tour of the main building