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Boot of Love

Thursday, September 12, 2002
For a touch of true romance for the child in you, this is straight out of a fairytale.

Steve and Judy Richards moved to the tiny town of Tasman, 40 minutes drive from Nelson, and bought a rundown house. They called it Jester House because that is what it was, "jest a house". When renovations were complete they ran a cafe for 10 years from the front of the house. It was such a success, they decided to expand.

The 2.5-hectare property already had a French-looking farmhouse and over time, a two-metre wooden toaster, statues of a tiger and penguin, a giant chess set, a maze and playground were added. Local artists put in signs pointing to places which don't exist. Tame eels have become a major attraction.

That brings us to the Boot of Love. Straight out of a picture book, there it is right down to the bootlaces. This particular boot has two levels, a winding staircase, lots of windows and the tongue has become a balcony. The bedroom is upstairs and is set for romance, with champagne, chocolates, fluffy bathrobes and towels. It is an adult fairyland, providing old-fashioned romance.

The boot has no corners and its roundness makes it very welcoming. It has a fireplace and a chaise lounge, with an adobe feel.

This place is all about fun for all ages. The Richards' next project is bubbling along. Word is it might be a teapot. Or a dolls' house. Who knows!


Tasman, in the north of New Zealand's south island.


Qantas flies daily to Christchurch with per person return economy airfares starting at $650 from Sydney, $689 from Melbourne, $703 from Brisbane, $976 from Adelaide, $1115 from Perth and $1333 from Darwin. Prices include charges/taxes and are current at time of recording, but may vary at time of booking. Seasonal surcharges and conditions apply.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

The Boot of Love, Jester House
Coastal Highway, Tasman, NZ
Ph/Fax: 0011 64 3 526 6742

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