Beautiful private home with cottage garden

Bach or holiday home | Glenorchy | #31288

9.1/10 (8 ratings)
  • 10 people
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 8 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


  • This property is well-known for its ambience, spacious interior and large windows to maximise views
  • Tuis and bellbirds abound in the many trees surrounding the house, especially in spring.
  • Swim or paddle in the nearby river, climb Alfred or venture onto the Routeburn as a day trip.

The house, partly clad in local stone, and revealing the owner's love of natural timber within, has a unique character, making it a welcome place to stay both for the physically active who can choose from the many outdoor activities available in this area and for those inclined to rest and recover from the busyness of city life and work. The garden, with its native and exotic trees and flowering shrubs, adds to the mountain backdrop setting with colour from spring until late autumn. Raspberries, blackcurrants and other fruit can be picked here when in season, and the large deck and kitchen courtyards enhance outdoor eating, as there is always a place that will catch the sun here.

Key attractions include: fishing for trout in nearby Diamond Creek, walks in the bush in the Rees or Earnslaw Valleys or by the Routeburn or Greenstone/Caples Rivers, ranging from an hour to a few days, visiting Glenorchy township 8km away, with its welcoming shops, cafes and Wakatipu lakefront, and the chance to book a funyak or jetski trip on the Dart River, or the more remote Kinloch nestled in native beech forest.

Books, maps, some brochures of local attractions, games and puzzles are available in the living area for use by guests.

To ensure complete privacy and maximise the view, this house has been built well back from the road. The driveway winds between paddocks before climbing to the house.

If internet or mobile phone coverage is required, the property generally receives 2-4 bars Vodaphone signal (also Two Degrees), stronger on the western side of the house and on the flat part of the driveway facing the lower valley.

Should Telecom reception be needed, the other side of Rees River bridge (2km from the house) is often effective, or Glenorchy township (8km from the house) will work.

Please note that while the listing shows barbecue-charcoal, this is not the case. The website does not allow for barbecue-wood. There is plenty of wood here but no charcoal.

Special conditions: Smoking allowed outside only. The fireplace has no safety screen; not suitable for use when with young children. No dishwasher. The mezzanine floor is accessible by ladder but no handrails and is therefore not suitable for young children. Barbecue in kitchen courtyard has a plate which is stored against an internal wall in the garage. Please note that while the listing shows barbecue-charcoal, this is not the case. There is plenty of wood however, for your use. Minimum three nights' stay


  • Barbeque - Charcoal
  • Electric blankets
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Kayak(s)
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Shower
  • Washing machine
  • Wheelchair access

Bed layouts

  • Living room

    Combined living/sleeping area,The large living area can easily accommodate both double futon and double sofabed, should these be needed.

    1 x Fold-out sofa bed
    1 x Mattress/Futon/Air bed

  • Main bedroom

    Large yellow-painted room with table and chair and afternoon sun, opening to the main deck.

    1 x Double bed

  • Mezzanine floor

    Other sleeping area,A ladder from the main living area leads to a large space with rimu flooring, getting both morning and afternoon sun, and plenty of warmth from the fireplace below.

    2 x Single bed

  • Upstairs blue room

    Large room with bookshelves and writing desk, opening out to small balcony facing Temple Peak and warmed by the morning sun

    1 x King single bed
    1 x Single bed

  • Upstairs green room

    This well-lit room has an ensuite shub (shower with small bath suitable for a young child) and toilet. It opens onto a small verandah receiving the afternoon sun.

    1 x Queen bed

Availability & rates*

Maybe booked

  • Extras: Cleaning FREE (included); Linen $10.00 per person (optional)
Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
High season
21-Jan-17 to 28-Feb-17
$200+/night $200+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $40/night; Children: $20/night;
3 night minimum stay
Low season
01-Mar-17 to 21-Jul-17
$180+/night $180+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $35/night; Children: $15/night;
3 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 (8)

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  • Very nice house with incredible views

    Very nice house with incredible views

    DominicWa1 new member Jan 2017

  • Starting to show its age but very well built with double glazing

    Starting to show its age but very well built with double glazing. We liked the insect screens. The kids loved climbing the ladder to the mezzanine floor. Lack of dishwasher and clothes dryer were slightly disappointing. The biggest concern for us, however, were rats. My wife saw one in the kitchen at night and was freaked out. Ensure that all food is packed and stored properly overnight and everything is clean and tidy. Still positive overall, would have given 5 stars if it wasn't for the rat.

    Tong 100%|1x Nov 2016

  • Simply stunning

    Simply stunning. Pictures do not do it justice. Lovely lodge, beautiful views all around, and a cozy space to call home over the Labour day weekend. Bedroom was comfortable. Bathrooms modern and clean. Charming kitchen, though we didn't cook. Plenty of firewood stocked for use of the fireplace. Mrs. Wooly's General store was a short drive away, with good coffee, fresh food, & organic products. There was a farmer's market when we visited. Highly recommend staying here!

    UyenH986 100%|1x Oct 2016

  • Stunning location and a lovely house

    Stunning location and a lovely house. Really appreciated the double glazing and the gorgeous garden. Had an issue with the gas which Karen sorted for us within a day, so really impressed and keen to return. Thanks so much for a great holiday!

    lisaie109 100%|7x Oct 2016

  • This was the most beautiful place I have ever stayed in New...

    This was the most beautiful place I have ever stayed in New Zealand or the USA! The windows give endless amazing views, the gardens are extensive and beautiful, the house was immaculate, and the ability to unplug with no technology was an added bonus. A great place to stay if you want to enjoy conversation, a good book, and God's scenery!

    ShannonBo3 100%|3x Jan 2016

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