Cute, Retro, cosy two bedroom cottage

Farmstay | Lake Tekapo | #20328

9.2/10 (121 ratings)
  • 6 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking
  • Best Child-Friendly 2015


  • Located on a high country merino station, with farm tours available
  • Stunning views and beautiful walks through the farm
  • Only 5 minutes drive from Lake Tekapo

The Sawdon Station Allanvilla Farm Cottage is a family friendly, rural hideaway. It is close to ski fields and the Lake Tekapo township. The cosy cottage offers spectacular views out over the farm and to the southern alps. A high country experience.

Pet sheep, hens, and dogs are available for feeding and/or patting. Whether you are after a relaxing get away or fun filled adventure, we would love to accommodate you.

The cosy cottage stays warm and cosy in winter with the great log fire and is a sun trap in summer.


We have a maximum of 4 adults for this cottage. Full tea, coffee and sugar supplied, but no milk. Free Wi-Fi connection - Just need to bring your clothing, and food.

We received a BRONZE award for the Golden Piwa Awards for best child friendly Bach. Thank you for nominations - please read our excellent reviews/guest comments. We love to show you around our piece of paradise.

Have a long weekend, in front of the fire, watching movies and reading books, or skating, tubing and hot pools with the kids. Summer months enjoy some extra days walking, cycling, or just spending time with family.

For January School Holidays only taking 4 night minimum bookings so that we can spend time with our family over the summer holidays.

We have thousands of hectares to let your kids run wild on and are only too happy to show you round.

Close to Lake Tekapo, with its excellent hot pools, the new Trippo water slide in the summer, skating in winter, 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.

Special conditions: Smoking outside only. Single bed in second bedroom is for a child only. Adult welcome to sleep but a comment made was they found uncomfortable. The cottage is located on a working high country farm so caution is to be taken as there are many hazards. We check the amount of guests staying, and babies are to be included as you book. 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.


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • DVD player
  • Easy access
  • Fireplace
  • Freeview (TM)
  • Fridge
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Internet (WiFi)
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Spark
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Main bedroom

    1 x Queen bed

  • Second bedroom

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


Maybe booked

  • Extras: Linen FREE (included); Cleaning $50.00 per stay (optional)
  • AA Smartfuel: Get 10c/litre fuel discount when you book and stay at this property for TWO nights or more [More info]

  • 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. Value of the night free is $180 (winter tariff season) and $175 (summer tariff season)

*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 (132)

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  • The cottage is cute and very retro! Plenty of fire wood to...

    The cottage is cute and very retro! Plenty of fire wood to keep things toasty. The cottage is well equipped for a family weekend away.

    AmandaWa16 100%|3x Jun 2018

  • It's really a quick drive to Tekapo but we enjoyed being out...

    It's really a quick drive to Tekapo but we enjoyed being out of town each evening. Would stay again.

    MichelleSu7 100%|1x Apr 2018

  • We loved the little cottage- so peaceful and in a beautiful setting

    We loved the little cottage- so peaceful and in a beautiful setting

    KathyRo11 100%|1x Mar 2018

  • We loved stay at Sawdon station in the cottage

    We loved stay at Sawdon station in the cottage. It was cosy, warm, comfortable and quirky with a good kitchen for cooking - the fire was a bonus on a slightly chilly morning :-) Very quiet peaceful place (even with the sheep herding!) We would thoroughly recommend as a chilled out place to stay from the business of Tekapo (within a 5 minute drive so still really close to town).

    hanart652 100%|7x Mar 2018

  • Awesome home away from home

    Awesome home away from home. Nice retro property with all the amenities we needed. Great location on a working farm, but close to Tekapo. Would definitely stay here again.

    DonaldMa4 100%|2x Mar 2018

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