Portobello Settlers Cottage - charming and perfect

Cottage | Portobello | #24761

9.4/10 (11 ratings)
  • 6 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 5 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


A charming 1860s original early settlers cottage, recently restored to a high standard, providing unique accommodation. Enjoy the modern facilities and fantastic rural coastal location, central for all travel and tourist options.

The rural location is peaceful and the cottage enjoys a private, pretty cottage garden with table and chairs and sun umbrella. Newly reclad and insulated. You can relax and observe the night sky in this area as it is unspoilt by artificial lights, it is ideal and spectacular for star gazing.

You have your own parking right right in front of the cottage and your own entry to it from there. Step from your car into another world of rustic, old worldly and romantic charm. Step back in time and ponder the building methods and lifestyles of the settler families.

We are close to Portobello Village, the wildlife centre of Otago, with yellow eyed penguins and little blue penguins, the albatross colony, seals, sea lions, occasional whales and dolphins, birdlife and more. Larnach Castle and its wonderful garden are a short drive away. Outstanding arts and crafts are to be found on the Peninsula. Many sports including surfing, sea kayaking, cycling.

Come and explore a wide range of beaches, walks and boat trips.

We are about 30 mins from Dunedin along the spectacular harbourside road. We are also on the bus route to and from the central city. Cyclists enjoy the Peninsula roads and the city is constructing a new cycle trail which will go around the whole harbour.

Its an easy walk or cycle ride, or short drive to the popular Portobello Village and Bay. Portobello provides a great range of walks, restaurants, cafes, galleries, a friendly pub and well stocked village shop for your basic grocery needs.

Self contained and self catering, we can provide choices for you, including meals and tours by arrangement.

The owners live in the property next door, Crabapple Cottage, and are available to help you with any special requests.

Special conditions:

The cottage is very old so guests are asked to treat it gently. We collect our own rain water which is excellent to drink, how much we have depends on the rain gods! We aim to conserve water where possible.

The attic is accessed by a fold-up loft ladder which is new and safe but narrower than a full staircase. It also has a stair gate at the top for safety. The kitchen has a small oven, a microwave and other equipment, fine for most peoples needs (i.e. not a full size oven).

Extras: Linen (included); NOTE: Under Kiwi bach tradition you are expected to clean the house and do the dishes before you leave; this is self catering accommodation


  • Fridge
  • Highchair
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Kayak(s)
  • Microwave
  • TV

Bed layouts

  • Loft Room 1

    1 x Double bed

  • Loft Room 2

    2 x Single bed

  • Master

    1 x Cot
    1 x Queen 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 (11)

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  • The location was perfect only 25 minutes to the hustle and bustle...

    The location was perfect only 25 minutes to the hustle and bustle of Dunedin city. I would definetly recommend experiencing staying at this unique accommodation and would also stay here again.

    Sarahfinnz 100%|1x Sep 2018

    Owner/manager responds:

    Thanks Sarah, lovely to have you stay

    JaneC691 100%|10x

  • lovely wee cottage

    lovely wee cottage. kids loved the attic room.

    RichardYo4 100%|3x Jul 2018

    Owner/manager responds:

    Thanks Richard, glad they enjoyed it!

    JaneC691 100%|10x

  • A really cosy and lovely cottage

    A really cosy and lovely cottage. Beautiful garden outside and warm inside. Perfect for our family. We will definitely come back.

    JanL4555 100%|1x Jun 2018

  • This was a wonderful stay on the Otago peninsula

    This was a wonderful stay on the Otago peninsula. The cottage is quaint with a real old world charm. Although the rooms are small (as you would expect), the whole cottage is really well appointed - beds are comfortable, the bathroom is a good size and the kitchen/living room was fine for the four of us. The late summer garden was stunning while we were there and we enjoyed sampling the veggies and 'smelling the roses' while we ate lunch in the sun. Recommended.

    KarenS 100%|12x Apr 2018

  • Just lovely

    Just lovely

    EmmaEl14 100%|1x Mar 2018

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