Step back in time at Violet Annie's Cottage

Cottage | Taradale | #32175

9.6/10 (38 ratings)
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking


  • We are right on the doorstep of the Hawkes Bay Cycle Way. Bikes provided.
  • We are right on the doorstep of the estuary for great fishing. Rods provided
  • We are a five minute drive to the Mission Winery

Hello, from Nicky and Mal

Based on the outskirts of Taradale, we are ten minutes from the airport, shops, restaurants, beach, golf course (golf clubs provided) and wineries. We are two minutes from the Hawkes Bay cycle way, providing you with numerous routes to enjoy. This is a great way to explore our wonderful wineries throughout the bay, or you can take a short ride to Ahuriri where you can enjoy great ocean views, shops, bars and restaurants. Just down the road from Violet Annie's, is the Puketapu pub, a great country style pub with a wonderful family feel and awesome food. Other local attractions for you to enjoy are horse riding, Te mata Peak, walking the ranges, Ocean spa, shopping in beautiful Art Deco Napier, museums, art galleries, skate and bike parks and gannet island.

Come and enjoy all Hawkes Bay has to offer whilst staying in our homely cottage. Violet Annie's Cottage began its long journey back in 1912 in Scotland, where it was pre-fabricated of Scottish pine, then shipped to Napier to be assembled under the Poraiti cliffs on the large Ahuriri lagoon or Te Whanganui a Orotu. In the early 1900's the lagoon was a popular, sheltered recreation area, rich in seafood and shellfish. Back then, the wealthy owners used the cottage as a weekend retreat, sailing there from the Ahuriri port.

In 1931 the massive Napier earthquake dramatically altered the shape of Napier and the lagoon, lifting several thousand acres of land out of the water and suddenly the cottage was land locked. It has been repositioned on the same property and is twice it's original size, retaining it's original character.

Pets and children are very welcome at Violet Annie's. We have sheep and chickens that the children will enjoy. We also have children's books and toys, and board games for adults to enjoy. Complimentary refreshments and snacks await your arrival. If you have any special dietary or other requirements, please let us know so we can plan for this.

Special conditions: Smoking allowed outside only. Dogs permitted in the garden and porch area inside the property.


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Bath tub
  • Cot available
  • Easy access
  • Electric blankets
  • Fireplace
  • Freeview (TM)
  • Fridge
  • Highchair
  • Internet (WiFi)
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Spark
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Room 1

    1 x Double bed

  • Room 2

    1 x Double bed

Availability & rates*

Maybe booked

  • Extras: Linen FREE (included); Cleaning $20.00 per stay (required)
  • Gifts & giveaways: Flowers, cheese, crackers, wine, chocolates, fruit and breakfast provisions await your arrival ??

Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
My Tariff
21-Jan-18 to 31-Dec-18
$140+/night $140+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $10/night; Children: $1/night;
2 night minimum stay
Default Tariff
01-Jan-19 to 21-Apr-19
$140+/night $140+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $10/night; Children: $1/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 (38)

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  • What a great place to stay, cottage was cute and cosy

    What a great place to stay, cottage was cute and cosy. Being right next to the esturary and cycleway was great to get out for a family walk.

    NathanKaa new member Jan 2018

  • Quint cottage with lots of homely touches and great to have the...

    Quint cottage with lots of homely touches and great to have the dogs with a spot to stretch legs in the yard. Loved it.

    janss491 100%|15x Dec 2017

  • This is a real gem

    This is a real gem. A beautiful old cottage. Very comfortable. Spotlessly clean. Nice quiet and scenic location yet within easy reach of Napier town centre. Highly recommended.

    JohnP447 100%|5x Dec 2017

  • A piece of "Kiwiana" from the past

    A piece of "Kiwiana" from the past. Very comfortable in a beautiful garden setting. A basket ot cheese, wine , bread, eggs, butter, crackers, hummus,milk and chocolate was provided. On the whole, very impressive !

    terrey63 97%|39x Nov 2017

  • We were gob smacked with this cottage from its beautiful peaceful surrounding,...

    We were gob smacked with this cottage from its beautiful peaceful surrounding, from the treats that were awaiting us a basket full of goodies farm eggs chocolates nuts and wine. Now you wouldn't get this anywhere else. fabulous!! The cottage has everything you need the warm fire place worked a treat. Our furry babies loved the fenced green area and the walk to the estuary. Room was comfortable loved the views. 10 min to Napier Rural/city. The cottage has some interesting history, look an read!

    Natua2712 100%|5x Nov 2017

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