India House - Cottage in Whareama

Cottage | Riversdale Beach | #21321

9.3/10 (34 ratings)
  • 6 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 5 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok


India House is a rustic, charming 3 bedroom stand-alone cottage, located in the grounds of the Ica Homestead at Whareama, close to the beach resort of Riversdale. Situated at the end of a ‘no exit’ road, simply enjoy the peace and quiet of an early settler cottage, steeped in history, in the beautiful countryside setting of Ica Station.

Originallybuilt in 1866, today ‘India House’ offers our visitors comfortable, clean, rustic accommodation and a location with interesting early NZ rural character. The cottage is quaint and still enjoys many of its original features. It has 3 small bedrooms (a queen and two twin rooms), a living room, small dining kitchen and inside bathroom with flushing toilet. With uninterrupted views over a small lake and beautiful countryside, here you can relax, read a book, have a glass of wine and listen to the birds in the peaceful and extremely private setting of this cottage. All our guests have use of a swimming pool and spa pool at the main Homestead during their stay!

With Riversdale and Otahome Beaches only 15 mins drive away and Castlepoint Beach 35 mins in the opposite direction, this bach is an ideal base for surfers, fishermen, golfers, couples or groups of friends to explore the East Coast of the Wairarapa!.

There's plenty to see and do in the area. Nearby Riversdale and Castlepoint offer superb Golf Courses, a local store for food and basic groceries, Tennis Courts, Swimming, Fishing, Surfing, Walking, Diving and Boating. Or Otahome, where you often have the beach to yourselves. Whareama has a Boat Ramp and small Church. Close by is the village of Tinui that has a Cafe and Bar, Tinui Tea Rooms, Craft Shop, Antique shop and Living Historic Village as well as the oldest ANZAC Memorial Cross you can walk up to (Nov - Apr annually).

Locally you can charter a fishing boat, go canoeing on the lake or make use of the Whareama Boat Launch, which is only 5 minutes drive away.

Special conditions:

Smoking allowed outside only please.

Well behaved dog considered (not always possible) - strictly by arrangement only, please say when booking!.

No bottles, glass or pets allowed in the swimming pool/spa pool area.

Please note - there is only limited cellphone or wifi coverage at the cottage.

Extras: Cleaning (NZ$35.00 per stay); Linen (included); Spa Pool Use (shared) (included);


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Spa pool
  • Swimming pool
  • TV

Bed layouts

  • Queen Room

    1 x Queen bed

  • Twin Room

    2 x Single bed

  • Twin Room

    2 x Single bed


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*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 (41)

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  • India House and grounds are a beautiful relaxing spot for a stay...

    India House and grounds are a beautiful relaxing spot for a stay in rural Wairarapa

    Liz M. Jan 2019

  • Lovely old cottage, in a beautiful setting

    Lovely old cottage, in a beautiful setting. Very relaxing, would stay there again.

    Stephan S. Jul 2018

  • The fireplace has been the highlight of our stay (due to bad...

    The fireplace has been the highlight of our stay (due to bad weather); the cottage is very nice - tidy, cozy, with a very authentic early settlers feel. Amazing area around, so colourful, covered with trees and with a lake in the midst of it all.

    AleksZ57 100%|4x Jun 2018

  • Peaceful great location garden beautiful homestead

    Peaceful great location garden beautiful homestead

    EmmaJo15 100%|1x Apr 2018

  • We had a lovely chilled-out stay at India House, a quirky character...

    We had a lovely chilled-out stay at India House, a quirky character cottage that was spotlessly clean, warm and had comfortable beds! Lovely private outlook, we enjoyed sitting on the verandah overlooking the lake, walking in the grounds, and our boys loved being able to use the swimming pool and spa. No dishwasher, no cellphone coverage in cottage (walk to entrance gate and you can get a signal) but that just made it all the more away-from-it-all relaxing. Already planning a return visit.

    jereod153 100%|10x Apr 2018

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