About the Estate

Built in the early Edwardian era, Hemsworth Estate truly stops time. For over one hundred and thirty years it has been a space to enjoy, grow up and celebrate including milestone birthdays, and weddings for over three generations.

Five minutes from Ashburton and only an hour away from Christchurch, Hemsworth Estate is one of the closest retreats for any private occasion. Set on fifty eight acres of land, and originally home to the first Hampshire Sheep stud flock in the country, the family has enjoyed it’s private, nurturing respite with only the sounds of nature to interrupt.

About Events

Hemsworth Estate seems to be designed for celebrating. Set in a sheltered circle of centennial trees, the lawns and gardens are open and inviting for any kind of event. From a large gathering to a small intimate celebration, we have created various spaces to cater to any event. There are five choices available to host your celebration – The Lawn, The Garden, The Greene, The Dining Room and The Drawing Room. Starting from an intimate party of ten and catering all the way up to three hundred, there is a celebration for everyone at Hemsworth. All that’s required is your special idea.

About the Ladies of the Land

Margie Hulse is the third generation to be the steward of the property. Based in Christchurch, as a Business Strategist and Coach, Margie added a new project to her life and has been working tirelessly on the renovation so see it return to its former Edwardian glory.

Margie also got married at Hemsworth and described it like a step back in history and tradition. Celebrating with a reception with over two hundred people on the lawn in the gardens in which she grew up playing in was only adding to her wonderful memories there.

Rebecca Hulse is part of the second generation of grandchildren to grow up enjoying Hemsworth Estate. Based in Christchurch, Rebecca has traveled the world planning events for Access Consciousness. It was through this work she realised she would also like to plan events for the special moments in people’s lives.

Rebecca and her brother Sam also had birthdays here and they both say they were the best birthdays they had. They also celebrated their Granny’s eightieth birthday in the rose garden of Hemsworth and shared it was one of the most beautiful birthdays they attended.

Rebecca also hopes to see Hemsworth Estate be a space where memories are shared not only for her and her family but for anyone wishing to celebrate in quiet tranquility, savoring the moment.

My favorite memory of Hemsworth was riding over to Hemsworth for my Granny’s rainbow sponge (she had the best afternoon teas!) and seeing the daffodils come out in spring.

Margie Hulse

Hemsworth has always been my escape, I would come down for holidays as a child and when I was older to take a break from the busy life I have.

Rebecca Hulse