Step back in time at Violet Annie's Cottage

Cottage | Taradale | #32175

9.6/10 (47 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.

Breakfast provisions, cheese, crackers, nibbles and wine await your arrival, allowing you to unwind and relax after your journey.

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 (53)

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  • Our family of four had a wonderful stay

    Our family of four had a wonderful stay. The estuary and bike paths over the back fence were a bonus. Well set-up, friendly hosts and a great base from which to explore the Bay, by bike or car. We enjoyed Waipatiki Beach, the tractor trip to Cape Kidnappers, bike path to West shore for ice cream, bike path to Puketapu for lunch, concert at winery in Taradale - fab spot!

    Ginny M. Jan 2019

  • Nicky and Mal were very easy to deal with when booking

    Nicky and Mal were very easy to deal with when booking. It was fascinating to find out about the history of the cottage too - thanks for the wee tour Mal. A nice private setting which made it easy to relax the time away.

    Alexis M. Jan 2019

  • A beautiful quaint little cottage in a great location

    A beautiful quaint little cottage in a great location. Just a few minutes by car to Napier CBD and easy access to other Hawkes Bay tourist spots. It is older style accommodation but has everything you need for a very enjoyable holiday. Clean well kept amenities. Very comfortable and homely. Loved it!

    JanineSt15 100%|1x Jan 2019

  • The hosts were amazing, generous and provided the most fantastic charming cottage...

    The hosts were amazing, generous and provided the most fantastic charming cottage for our stay. Our four-legged family member was welcome and we truly appreciated the lovely fresh eggs and bread, not to mention chilled wine and cheese! Highly highly recommend this as perfect to enjoy and explore the beautiful Nspier wineries.)

    Heather L. Jan 2019

  • A very beautiful place to recharge your battery for the year ahead

    A very beautiful place to recharge your battery for the year ahead. Every thing you need for a self catering stay. Comfortable and clean property. Will be booking again for a summer break.

    Lynley G. Dec 2018

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