Sawdon - Shearing Quarters Farm Cottage

Farmstay | Lake Tekapo | #12321

9.5/10 (55 ratings)
  • 6 Guests
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 8 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


The shearers quarters is located on Sawdon Station a high country sheep station, 5 minutes drive to Lake Tekapo, and 20 minutes drive to Fairlie.

The shearing quarters is a building set up for the people who shear our sheep once a year(In September). Our shearers are an extremely important group of people who stay for up to a week or more.

This accommodation is basic, with a large kitchen, heat pump, wood fire, four bedrooms. Set up for the shearers, but open for bookings over other months. It is a retro house, older furniture etc. More details on our farm you can look at our website.

Cottage closed for winter period 1st June to the end of September. If you would like to stay for an extended time within this period please email your enquiry.

Friendly pet sheep and Odie the pet dog for the children to pat, and the pet chickens to hold. Free Wifi.

Excellent location for families, who would like to experience a farm, huge area around the house, for cricket, mountain biking, walking, flying kites...... Great location to escape from the stress of life. We have a maximum of 6 adults for this cottage.

Full tea, coffee and sugar supplied, but no milk. Just need to bring your clothing, and food.

Close to Lake Tekapo, with its excellent hot pools, the Trippo water slide, summer tubing, the night sky, the lake for swimming, boat cruising, and fishing. Walking to the top of Mt John for the best cafe in the world, and the best Japanese restaurant in the country! In the winter, two ski fields one (Roundhill) 30 minutes from the cottage, and the other (Mt Dobson) 40 minutes.

Cottage has all day sun, plenty of firewood to supply the large log burner. It is surrounded by the spectacular southern alps and the Mackenzie Basin. By climbing the small hill behind the cottage you can see for miles, 360 degrees - absolutely beautiful on a crystal clear day. Rare find in this stunning location.

Please read all our excellent reviews.

Farm tours offered, and able to feed the pet sheep, lambs, and hens.

Please note the following as booking:

Please ensure you advise the numbers of guests staying, so I can give the correct price per night.

The cleaning charge of $50 is an optional charge - please advise if you wish to complete a full clean as you depart.

Come and stay at our piece of Paradise.

Special conditions:

Smoking outside only.

We check the amount of guests staying, and babies are to be included in the guest numbers as you book.

The cottage is located on a working high country farm so caution is to be taken as there are many hazards.

If you decide to leave before the end of your stay within a long public weekend or a peak period there is no refund of nights accommodation.

Extras: Cleaning (Optional, NZ$50.00 per stay); Linen (included);


  • DVD player
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Heat pump - Aircon
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • TV
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Forth Room

    1 x Narrow single bed
    1 x Queen bed

  • Main Room

    1 x King bed

  • Single room

    2 x Narrow single bed

  • Third Room

    2 x Narrow single bed
    1 x Single bed


Maybe booked

*Pricing may vary depending on the dates you choose and the number of guests. Additional charges (extras) and minimum stay criteria may also apply. Service fees may also apply.

Reviews (99)

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  • We had a fantastic few days there with family over the New...

    We had a fantastic few days there with family over the New Year period. Gazing up at the awesome starry night sky while welcoming in the New Year was a highlight! The Shearing Quarters was perfect for us, with plenty of space for all and a large lounge to play board games, cards etc or just reading a book. Close to Tekapo but gave us the feeling we were miles from the crowds in our own little slice of paradise!

    Linda P. Jan 2019

  • The Shearer's Quarters are a spacious cottage with everything one needs for...

    The Shearer's Quarters are a spacious cottage with everything one needs for a comfortable stay in a beautiful location, with brilliant sun rise and sun set views across the main devide. We will definitely be back!

    KiKla 100%|1x Oct 2018

  • The location is stunning - quiet farm setting and views to the...

    The location is stunning - quiet farm setting and views to the mountains. The house is old (as advertised) but everything functions well and it was toasty warm when we got the fire going one freezing morning.

    LauraRe1 100%|1x Apr 2018

  • Please note the rating is for the Shearers' House

    Please note the rating is for the Shearers' House. The cottage would have been higher. The location was excellent for visiting Tekapo. We loved sitting outside for breakfast in the farm setting - wonderfully peaceful.

    PamelaHa4 100%|1x Mar 2018

  • The accommodation suited our needs perfectly

    The accommodation suited our needs perfectly.

    Gavin Brokenshire 100%|2x Feb 2018

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