Peaceful luxury for your stay in Methven

Enjoy the comfort of a self-contained apartment, attached to our home and working studios. In 2011 we built a new home incorporating gallery space, working studios, and a fully self-contained two-bedroom apartment. The apartment is available for short term rentals. We look forward to meeting new people from around the world and making your stay in Methven as comfortable and relaxing as possible.

  • quiet semi-rural location, yet only a short 800m walk to the town centre
  • safe off-road car parking by own entrance to apartment
  • two bedrooms, one with queen bed, one with two king singles
  • full kitchen facilities with oven, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, etc.
  • living room with comfortable couch and dining table
  • TV with Freeview Digital
  • large bathroom with tiled walk-in shower and heated towel rail, separate toilet
  • toasty comfort of under floor central heating
  • washing machine and dryer
  • private deck off living room
  • WiFi available at no cost

Your hosts

Bill Irwin is a commercial photographer of rural landscapes and people. See some beautiful images of the Methven area and find out more about his work on his website billirwinarts.com.

Cherie Irwin is an artist and author. She is in her studio writing or painting most days, and has previously worked with stained glass, sculpture and silver jewellery. Some of her current work will be hanging in the gallery. Her website cherylirwinarts.com has much of her work, past and present, on display.

Rooms and Rates

Quiet, private comfort

The apartment is attached to our house but is very secluded and quiet, as we built on a large semi rural section. It borders on farmland but is only a 5 minute walk to the centre of Methven.
It consists of a central living room, with a compact full kitchen. A sliding door opens out to a private east-facing deck that catches the early morning sun. A short hallway leads to a private outside entrance by the carpark, with a bedroom off each side.
One bedroom has a queen bed, the other two king singles. Beyond the kitchen around the corner are separate toilet and bathroom areas. The bathroom has a large tiled walk in shower and generous vanity with plenty of cupboard space and a large heated towel rail.
A compact laundry contains a washer and dryer.
The whole area has under floor heat which gives a beautiful, cosy ambiance in winter.


Minimum stay is two nights

Couple: Up to two adults, using one bedroom: $175
Plus one: above, plus extra person using second bedroom: $205
Full house: 4 people using both bedrooms: $235

For longer stays (over a week) or regular visits please ask for a quote.

After you have confirmed your booking with us we will email you an invoice, with deposit payable and balance owing when you arrive. If you need to cancel your booking, we will refund the deposit as long as you give us 10 days notice.

Instant Booking via AirBnB

If you use AirBnB you can find our apartment here. You can see the availability calendar and book easily.

Happy Guests

“Warm and welcoming would describe both our hosts and the apartment. You have provided a relaxing start to our NZ holiday. We love Methven and the surrounding area” – Graeme and Susan, Murwillumbah, Australia
“Thanks for a great stay. Wonderful hosts and house. Methven certainly turned on perfect weather for our adventure race” – Teresa, Vanessa and Ashley
“Thank you Cheryl and Bill for a great winter escape – what a lovely apartment. We had great snow which made for a fab ski trip” – Nikki and Judy, Auckland
“Thanks again Bill and Cheryl for a lovely warm welcome. It’s like a home away from home now staying in your apartment” – Louise and Adam, Melbourne


Contact Us

We would love to hear from you ! You can either:

  • Email –  hello@arthousemethven.nz
  • Phone  –  +64 3 302 9905 (home) or  +64 27 495 3700 (cell)
  • fill in the contact form below

119 Forest Drive Methven
119 Forest Drive Methven



Methven, just over an hour south of Christchurch, is a quiet rural town – mostly.  It is the centre of a vibrant mix of farming activities (arable, sheep, dairy, small seeds) and has many related service industries.

But in the winter it transforms in to the nearest village to the Mt Hutt ski field, the mix of ski field staff and visiting skiers has encouraged the growth of businesses and activities beyond the norm for a small town.


In winter, everything revolves around the Mt Hutt ski field.  With plenty of clear, crisp days though there is no excuse not to enjoy some local walks or bike trails.  If the winter is cold enough, an outdoor ice skating rink at Staveley will open.

During summer many people come to Methven for the outdoor experiences; bush walks, fishing, jet boating, biking etc.  There is also a popular Summer School in early January.

For a comprehensive list of what is possible visit Methven Mt Hutt and the Methven iSite.

You can also see some of Bill’s photography around Methven at www.billirwinarts.com

or on his Instagram page

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