SiloStay, New Zealand

For quirky eco-luxury, bunk down in a grain silo, a stylish conversion on the Canterbury plains of New Zealand's South Island.

You can stay in a transatlantic liner in California, an oil rig in Malaysia, or a prison cell in Berlin. But it took a visionary from New Zealand's Canterbury province - famous for its extensive grain plains - to create a hotel out of grain silos.

Stuart Wright-Stow, of Little River, halfway between Christchurch and the popular tourist destination of Akaroa, has a long track record of inspired design through F3 Design, which he runs with his children, Pippin and Ella. At Little River, his SiloStay complex offers sleek designer accommodation in nine silos operating as serviced apartments. The keyword in the SiloStay experience is "bonhomie". "There's not enough bonhomie around these days," says Wright-Stow. "It's fundamental to hospitality, so why don't more establishments display a few touches of idiosyncrasy to appeal to human perception?"

His eye for dramatic architecture has changed the appearance of Little River's main street, where he and his wife Ange run an art gallery in a dramatic building that also houses a store and café.

Wright-Stow admits to having a brain that is wired in such a way that he has to ponder alternative uses for everyday things. "There's something very sociable about silos," he says. "You see them standing around in fields in little groups looking like they're having a conversation. They're convivial on the outside and warm and inclusive on the inside."

The silos stand nearly nine metres tall and have two floors connected by an interior curved stairway that follows the contour of the silo wall.

The lower floor has a living area, kitchen and toilet, while the upper floor features a queen bed, shower and balcony that juts from the exterior wall like an open drawer. Natural macrocarpa timber flooring and whitewashed plywood panels break the corrugated lines of the steel. Furniture and fittings provide splashes of bright industrial colours that echo the palette of the farm equipment shed. The clever skylight lid is opened by a simple lever mechanism. Each silo is positioned for private views over bush or farms.

Rooms from about $160. SiloStay, State Highway 75, Little River, Canterbury, New Zealand. +64 27 325 1977.



Newsletter

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

Latest news
Travel tips from an architect: Kristen Whittle
29.08.2017
Local knowledge: Glasgow
29.08.2017
Bush Tucker Journeys at Uluru
21.08.2017
Two Alila resorts for China and India
17.08.2017
Tasmania's east coast, from Maria Island to Freycinet
09.08.2017
Charter your own yacht in the Whitsundays
08.08.2017
GT
Signature Collection

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Read More
Recipe collections

Looking for fresh dinner ideas? Not sure how to make the most out of seasonal produce? Or do you need to plan the perfect party menu? Our recipe collections have you covered.

See more

You might also like...

Best of Italy

Rome, Florence, Naples, the Amalfi... the list of our favour...

Best New Hotels 2009 slideshow

We’ve got the keys to the most fabulous new hotels in the wo...

Burgundy, France: Top soil

“Water can rust iron. Imagine what it does to your insides. ...

Bali's new high

It’s no secret that recent times have been tough for Austral...

New South Wales South Coast

Unsung hero Flashier holiday spots may steal the limelight, ...

Gourmet Barcelona

From the city's best sandwich bar to its favourite charcuter...

Greece's Mani peninsula

Greece’s rugged and bloody Mani peninsula was once a no-go z...

Venice in pictures

Read our story on what to do if you only have 24 hours in Ve...

Great Brittany gallery

Take a walk on the wild side. Follow Brittany’s windswept co...

South African safari lodges gallery

Travelling from the Great Karoo to the Kruger, Emma Ventura ...

Iceland photo gallery

Erase the images of that volcano with the unpronounceable na...

Happy holidays

They’re following the sun and chasing the snow, staying clos...

Kyneton and Castlemaine

Kyneton and Castlemaine were born out of the gold-rush era, ...

Insider's guide to Manly

Breath of fresh air The classic Sydney beachside neighbourho...

The best of New Zealand

Choosing from the bounty of New Zealand's holiday destinati...