Step back in time at Violet Annie's Cottage

Cottage | Taradale | #32175

9.7/10 (46 ratings)
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking


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.

Extras: Cleaning (Required, NZ$20.00 per stay); Linen (included);


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Highchair
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • TV
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Room 1

    1 x Double bed

  • Room 2

    1 x Double 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 (46)

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  • We thought the place was fantastic

    We thought the place was fantastic. No surprises from the description. Sweet location.

    Wudinoz 100%|2x Jun 2018

  • Beautiful country cottage set amongst flowers, full of character

    Beautiful country cottage set amongst flowers, full of character. Nice walk to the estuary. Perfect for small children.. fenced garden, toys. Felt like stepping back in time, very relaxing!

    natake199 100%|17x Apr 2018

  • For us the location was absolutely perfect- coming off a farm we...

    For us the location was absolutely perfect- coming off a farm we enjoyed the peaceful quiet atmosphere of this wee cottage yet your are so close to the city- they also welcomed our little dog and the property has a small closed in yard which was perfect for her

    susieHe1 100%|1x Feb 2018

  • We had a wonderful stay and the kids were well catered for

    We had a wonderful stay and the kids were well catered for. Even a delightful dip in their pool which we weren't expecting! So lovely to be right on the cycle path for cycling and running. Love the history of the cabin.

    nickybobicky 100%|1x Feb 2018

  • Lovely historic cottage in a lovely spot

    Lovely historic cottage in a lovely spot. Nice to be able to walk down to the estuary and easy cycle to town.

    katees580 100%|4x Feb 2018

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