Sawdon - Shearing Quarters Farm Cottage

Farmstay | Lake Tekapo | #12321

9.4/10 (50 ratings)
  • 6 Guests
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 8 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


  • Stunning views and beautiful walks through the farm
  • Peaceful - only the baa of a sheep and distant dog bark
  • Only 5 minutes from the town of Lake Tekapo

At the moment we are a 3 night minimum on this cottage, with school holidays being a 4 night minimum.

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

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.

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 café 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.

Come and stay at our piece of Paradise.

Special conditions: Smoking outside only. The cottage is located on a working high country farm so caution is to be taken as there are many hazards. One night bookings can be requested, but there is a $40 cleaning surcharge payable. 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.


  • DVD player
  • Easy access
  • Fireplace
  • Freeview (TM)
  • Fridge
  • Heat pump - Aircon
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Spark
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Shower
  • Toddler safe
  • TV
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Forth Room

    1 x Queen bed
    1 x Single bed

  • Main Room

    1 x King bed

  • Single room

    2 x Single bed

  • Third Room

    1 x Bunk bed (single over queen)
    2 x Single bed

Availability & rates*

Maybe booked

  • Extras: Linen FREE (included); Cleaning $50.00 per stay (optional)
  • Multi-night stay: Get 1 FREE night when you stay for 4 nights or longer. Not valid for periods where a last minute discount applies. Free night applies to lowest priced night. Excludes school & public holidays.

  • Mates rates: 5% off for members with 10 positive reviews from other Owners/Managers

Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
All Summer
20-Jan-18 to 31-Jan-18
$175+/night $175+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $25/night; Children: $10/night;
3 night minimum stay
Default Tariff
01-Feb-18 to 29-Mar-18
$175+/night $175+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $25/night; Children: $10/night;
4 night minimum stay
Easter 2018
30-Mar-18 to 02-Apr-18
$175+/night $175+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $25/night; Children: $10/night;
3 night minimum stay
Default Tariff
03-Apr-18 to 20-Jan-19
$175+/night $175+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $25/night; Children: $10/night;
4 night minimum stay

*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 (93)

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  • The location was excellent

    The location was excellent. We were in the countryside which we loved but also very close to Tekapo to take advantage of what was on offer in the town. The property was a working farm and the grandchildren were able to bottle feed the orphaned lambs which we all loved. Sadly we just ran out of time for several of our family to be taken on a farm tour.

    DebbieF4 new member Jan 2018

  • Well equipped, lots of space, comfy, relaxing place to stay

    Well equipped, lots of space, comfy, relaxing place to stay. Lots to do in the vicinity. Lovely outlook and the view from the top of the hill behind the accommodation is amazing -even in a howling gale!! We really enjoyed our stay and hope to return -thank you!

    GabrielleBe1 100%|8x Jan 2017

  • Clean, spartan and rustic

    Clean, spartan and rustic. Wifi! Our children were fascinated by all the rabbits and really enjoyed to go for mountain climbs on their own in the evenings. Nice place considering the price.

    UlrikaO7 100%|10x Jan 2017

  • nice tidy clean place with everything there you need

    nice tidy clean place with everything there you need.

    GregR813 100%|1x Nov 2016

  • Property was ideal for a family break, near to the attractions of...

    Property was ideal for a family break, near to the attractions of Tekapo, but giving the added benefits, of spacious family accommodation, at a reasonable price. The farm location added another dimension to the holiday, and we all enjoyed exploring around the house, meeting the family, and seeing the sheep dogs at work, all with 360 degree views of the mountains.

    lindge998 100%|22x Feb 2016

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