NEWSLINK, THURSDAY, MAY 31ST, 2001
Remote lodge provides many challenges
A Wild haven
|“They opposed me on the grounds of noise pollution.” Charlie said.
He said greed originally prompted him to search out and buy three of the five freehold sections on the lakeshore settlement of Jamestown.
Then came the building of the house.
He began by helicoptering in materials from the end of the Hollyford Road to the head of Lake McKerrow, then barged them up the lake on 44-gallon drums.
However, before he had all the materials delivered, he had run out of money.
Not to be beaten, he floated the remaining materials down the Hollyford River, sparking one or two adventures.
Although Charlie has accumulated a wide variety of work experiences, that knowledge didn’t include any on a building site. But between himself and a builder, the outer shell of the house was erected.
“September 1995 was the day I started the chainsaw”, he said.
The aim of the project was to provide a touch of luxury in the wilderness and by all accounts Charlie has achieved that goal.
Apart from the lure of a good bed and ensuite, the thought of fresh venison marinated in ginger, garlic, honey and wine would be almost too much for a weary tramper to pass by.
While the people he meets and the challenges of carrying out everyday duties, including hunting deer and living in what must be one of the most beautiful parts of the country and communing with nature sound like heaven to many, there was a downside.
Loneliness could take its toll.