IDYll HILL RETREAT centrally placed in Taranaki

Chalet | Stratford District | #19488

9.4/10 (14 ratings)
  • 8 people
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 5 beds
  • 1 bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking


  • Close access to the gateway of Mt Taranaki, hiking, gentle walks, skiing, natural pools etc
  • Centrally placed to explore the Taranaki region with New Plymouth, Hawera, surfhighway.
  • We are back! We have been fully booked for 8months and are now back on bookabach

Idyll Hill Retreat is conveniently located on Cardiff Rd, the direct road link between Dawson’s Falls and Stratford Plateau. This provides access to the mountain's walking tracks and activities. Idyll Hill Retreat House is a self-contained three bedroom house, set up for those who need an office space with the additional benefit of free Wireless broadband (WiFi).

The 5 acre property has two houses on it. Large group...request to rent other house which guests have requested in the past. It has a strong country feel and contains free to roam chickens, beehives and a newly established fruit orchard which you are more than welcome to explore. There is a natural water hole nearby, fed from the mountain springs, and surrounded by a beautiful garden.


Stratford is 5-10 minutes drive and offers a range of dining options. Please contact the owners if you wish to sample their own cooking that can include wild game cooked to perfection including wild venison. The owners have previously owned an award winning café and haven’t lost their touch.

The owners are more than happy to provide information on tramps, walking tracks, skiing/boarding, gardens and some of the best kept local secrets.

The Forgotten Highway starts 8 minutes from your accommodation, and takes you through a truly amazing journey of historic places. Stratford is the best place to start on the Forgotten Highway.

Wake up to the sound of birds, a view of Mt Taranaki, and Mt Ruapehu.

Having a wedding, ask us for details and photos.

Special conditions: Please note the queen room and childrens room are upstairs. We can add bunk beds instead of the two single beds, however with only one bathroom it isn't ideal for all (8) adults. ie best 6 adults or 4 adults + 4 children. Pets prior approval. There is a dog run on the property please ask.


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Cot available
  • DVD player
  • Easy access
  • Electric blankets
  • Fridge
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Spark
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Shower

Bed layouts

  • Childrens room

    1 x Bunk bed
    2 x Single bed

  • Master room

    1 x Queen bed

  • Queen room

    1 x Queen bed

Availability & rates*

Maybe booked

  • Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found.
  • Extras: Linen FREE (included)
  • Gifts & giveaways: one of the below will be left. If you prefer one please ask and we will do our best. Chocolate/our honey/our eggs

  • Multi-night stay: Get 1 FREE night when you stay for 8 nights or longer. Not valid for periods where a last minute discount applies. Free night applies to lowest priced night. Excludes school & public holidays.

Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
Flat rate tariff
27-Oct-16 to 22-Dec-16
$110+/night $120+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $15/night; Children: $10/night;
2 night minimum stay
23-Dec-16 to 31-Dec-17
$140/night $140/night
2 night minimum stay
Flat rate tariff
01-Jan-18 to 27-Jan-18
$110+/night $120+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $15/night; Children: $10/night;
2 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. Bookings paid for through Bookabach online payments incur a 3% credit card transaction fee.

Reviews (25)

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  • Perfect location to see all the wonderful spots of Taranaki

    Perfect location to see all the wonderful spots of Taranaki. Lots of fliers of things to do. You dont need to plan your trip. Plenty of info there and wifi. Lovely house, modern, beds are super nice...we all slept like logs. Nice to hear farm noises in the far background. Super relaxing. LOADS of dvds, freeview, washing machine, two covered areas if it rains to sit and enjoy the rain. Loved the views of both Mountains. Special place. Many thanks for making it perfect for us.

    outdoorfamily new member Feb 2015

  • Loved our stay here

    Loved our stay here. The beds are all comfortable, and there is absolutely everything you could need. Even a friendly cat at the door and chickens to feed if you like.

    janess271 100%|11x Jan 2015

  • Quiet, peaceful, very centrally located for walking in the forests of Mt...

    Quiet, peaceful, very centrally located for walking in the forests of Mt Taranaki, visiting New Plymouth, beaches and the Forgotten World Highway.

    SueN9949 100%|2x Nov 2014

  • Great mountain views to Ruapehu and Taranaki

    Great mountain views to Ruapehu and Taranaki. Well supplied kitchen. Tidy and neat.

    joaner463 100%|7x Oct 2014

  • Location! location!! location!!! lovely cottage in a fantastic location

    Location! location!! location!!! lovely cottage in a fantastic location. Beautiful, serene place. Would go back a hundred times over!

    HarishK2 100%|4x Jul 2014

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