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Mountain Retreat


Like a cave, rock on rock with primordial forest and majestic mountains. Luxuriously monastic and elegant in its simplicity. Serene yet strong. Raw and masculine. Scree, rock and gravel. Warmth, shelter and style. High country with Lake Wakatipu as view. The Mountain Retreat, Central Otago, Queenstown by New Zealand architectural firm Fearon Hay. Edgy and awe-inspiring.

Reader Comments (18)

It's too simple.. Not quite hotel... Vampire-like almost..

30 Nov 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCS

With this house, I think I could live in mountain town, even if I don't like it :)

30 Nov 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLela Seaseight

Do people really live there? Too sterile for my taste. Beautiful but cold.

30 Nov 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTK

It's a place for thought. All the distractions set aside, the mind moves out. I love it. Except for that fireplace. It looks so incredibly dated to me.

30 Nov 2011 | Unregistered Commenteroregonbird

Amazing - I love the contrast of the modern and clean lines with the lush natural setting. So dreamy!
xo Allison
Spicer + Bank

30 Nov 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllison Egan

Hyperventilating. LOVE it!!

30 Nov 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

This. Is. Perfection. I love it!!! Totally going into my home inspiration folder. Thank you for sharing! x


Earthy and raw simplicity. Nothing more is needed. The breathtaking views and nature envelop the home and it's inhabitants.

30 Nov 2011 | Unregistered Commentersue

WOW! That is pretty much my idea of paradise - and I don't really like the whole secluded thing.
Thank you for the inspiration, I am filing that one away for later!

30 Nov 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

It's nice, love the kitchen. But if it snows there that outdoor fireplace/seating area is going to be completely ruined in a season or 2.

30 Nov 2011 | Unregistered Commenterchrista

You guys must be reading either my mind or my blog! I posted about this house around a year ago, and I also posted the same Swedish bedroom last week just before Kim's post came out..... hmmmm....interesting!

30 Nov 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie Singh

Seems like we may be mind readers Natalie. Unfortunately Jo and I both have hectic lives and don't have much time to read other blogs. If we were to reblog something we found on another blog (which we aren't in the habit of doing) we would reference said blog.

30 Nov 2011 | Registered CommenterKiM

Hi Kim - I meant I would be highly flattered if you looked at my blog - sorry, didn't mean this to sound as it probably did! Just thought it was a nice co-incidence.

30 Nov 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

Christa, I think I see tracks for sliding glass walls running around the perimeter of that fireplace/seating area.
So in the words of Frank, Dean and Ella... let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

30 Nov 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBredlo

Wow. Would love to stay there for a week. Great forth or fifth home (well no harm in imagining!) Great place to meditate. Fireplace not only a nod to classic design, it's a great piece of sculpture that sets off the view beautifully.

30 Nov 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRandomIntent

Fearon Hay do it again. Great post Jo

1 Dec 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSammy

I totally agree with Jeff, and Audrey and Sue and Anna!

4 Dec 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnita

I love the setting, the materials, and the fireplace! I'm a little confused by the bedroom off of this living space. Looks a little like a jail cell. But the rest of it more than makes up for this odd little jail cell bedroom. I'll take it. But where do I store the guns and ammo?

30 Dec 2011 | Unregistered CommenterViner

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