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14 September 2017 - By Mick Jensen - A new accommodation lodge in the Tinwald Domain offers picture perfect views of the nearby countryside and will provide precious beds for visitors when it opens at the end of the year.
The lodge project is being managed by the Tinwald Reserve Board and is supported with a $1m loan from Ashburton council.
It will  offer eight ensuite rooms, bunk rooms and communal living and kitchen areas.
The 513m2 building looms large in a scenic, quiet spot at the back of the Tinwald Domain, close to the Plains Village railway line.
Tinwald Reserve Board chairman Alistair Wing said the domain remained an ``unsung jewel in the crown'' of Mid Canterbury and the new lodge would help showcase it further.
There was a shortage of accommodation in the district and the lodge sat in a beautiful location and had a swimming pool and heritage museums nearby that would appeal to visitors.
Mr Wing said the project was on a tight budget and would be a real asset for the town when completed.
Apart from a small rating element for mowing, the Tinwald Domain ran through the self-generation of funds and also with strong volunteer input.
The lodge building project is being managed for free by experienced builder John Howe, who is also a domain board committee member, and his fellow builder Gary Thorpe.
Mr Howe said the lining work would begin shortly and he expected the building to be ready and open by Christmas.
The building featured a number of necessary fire walls and an expansive fit out would follow in the coming weeks.
Large picture windows in the communal lounge offered great views of the domain and the mountains.
A deck area and landscaping would be completed at the end of the project and the lodge would likely start welcoming visitors with a ``soft opening'', said Mr Howe.
The cost of the new lodge will be funded from money borrowed from Ashburton council and will be paid back over time in the form of a table loan.
The multi purpose building will accommodate a range of visitors, including backpackers, school and sports groups and families. 

 

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Picture perfect views from communal lounge. John Howe and fellow Tinwald Domain Board members Leen Braam and Alister Wing inspect the lodge plans in front of the large picture windows.
 
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