Scheibs Cottage at Arrow Junction is on the market. Photo
by Olivia Caldwell.
A family will say goodbye to a house that stores 50 years
of holiday memories when the historic Scheibs Cottage is sold.
The cottage, near Arrow Junction, went on sale in the middle
of winter and has an asking price of $475,000.
Earlier this year, cottage owner Chris Turnbull died, aged
91, and so the cottage was put on the market to share the
capital around the family trust.
One couple who are beneficiaries of the trust, Jenny and
Michael Turnbull, of Dunedin are sad to say their goodbyes.
The Turnbulls and the other three associated families had
owned the cottage for more than 50 years and it had been
their safe haven while bringing up their children, Mr.
''It has been a real sort of family hangout."
Mr. Turnbull said her children, nieces and nephews had all
felt a sense of ownership and it was a sentimental time for
''I'd love to keep it, but it's in a trust and we have to
Since the cottage was offered for sale there had been
considerable interest but no buyers as yet, she said.
The cottage has a long history, dating back to the mid-1800s
when Arrowtown first emerged as a goldmining town.
Although the Lakes District Museum did not know when the
cottage was first built, its research shows Albert Scheib
purchased the house in 1896 before heading to the Klondike,
in Alaska, where he mined for four years. Upon his return, Mr
Scheib had been in contact with a young woman who lived in
Skippers Canyon and added on to the cottage for her to move
in, Lakes District Museum director David Clarke said.
From there, Mr Scheib purchased a farm on Tuckers Beach and
the cottage went through the hands of the Nelson family in
1913, then the Bowler family and the Ritchies.
Mr. Helen Ivy Ritchie brought up six children in the cottage
before it changed hands again and the Turnbulls purchased the
land in the 1960s.
The cottage is associated with the goldmining village of
Mr Clarke said the area was very much a wealthy part of
Arrowtown and handy to the Arrow River.
''They called it little Denmark. It was quite a little rich
scene from Whitechapel up the river."