Beautiful private home with cottage garden

Bach or holiday home | Glenorchy | #31288

9.3/10 (11 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 can be seen in the many trees surrounding the house, especially in spring.
  • Swim or paddle in the nearby river, 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. 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.

Finally, although the house is very well built, depending on the season, as with any home in a rural area such as this, mice can come inside in cool weather. There are four very effective humane mouse traps if needed.

Special conditions: Smoking allowed outside only. 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 two nights' stay


  • Barbeque - Charcoal
  • Clothes dryer
  • Electric blankets
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Highchair
  • Internet (WiFi)
  • 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 $12.00 per person (optional)
Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
Low season
30-Mar-17 to 30-Sep-17
$185+/night $185+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $40/night; Children: $15/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. Service fees may also apply.

Reviews (11)

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  • Very nice location, with fantastic views

    Very nice location, with fantastic views. The driveway might be a bit tricky for very low slung cars and is a little steep and rough in some places. Kitchen is well appointed as were the bathrooms. A great place to stay - very quiet.

    BruceSo1 100%|1x Mar 2017

  • The views from the house are amazing, looking up the valley towards...

    The views from the house are amazing, looking up the valley towards Paradise and the surrounding snow capped peaks. The Routeburn Track is less than 30 minutes away, providing excellent access to spectacular scenery. And Glenorchy is a relaxing refuge from the adrenaline fueled environment of Queenstown. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, cooking meals in the well equipped kitchen and reveling in the beauty of the mountains.

    ErikB515 100%|1x Feb 2017

  • The course has an asolutely stunning location and the most wonderful views...

    The course has an asolutely stunning location and the most wonderful views and lovely gardens. Nicely appointed, spacious and clean. We loved staying here, it was peaceful and convenient for the wonderful walks north of Glenorchy. We'd love to go back.

    ClaireW2 100%|12x Jan 2017

  • Very nice house with incredible views

    Very nice house with incredible views

    DominicWa1 0%|1x 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

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