Strawbale cottage, Central Otago

Cottage | Maniototo County | #34612

8.8/10 (5 ratings)
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking


  • Restful, lime washed bedrooms with views to the mountains.
  • A character-filled home built with clay and rock and timber features, with art and book lined walls.
  • Walk to the village in a few minutes, across the paddock to the Ida Burn stream.

Central Otago is renowned for its landscapes, and where better to stay than in the Ida Valley, a valley bounded by Rough Ridge on one side, Blackstone Hill on the other and the Hawkduns and Mt Ida at the end of the road. Ridgelines of rocky tors, spectacular sunsets and riveting skies mean all you have to do is sit and look. If you’re a keen photographer there’s plenty here to entrance. No wonder Peter Jackson chose to film scenes for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit here.

The house, with its thick, straw walls, is peaceful and quiet, and every room has stunning views. Though the house still has some finishing work to do, it's a work of art in progress, you'll feel relaxed and revived staying here.

Jillian built her home, along with son-in-law, builder Sam Deavoll, and she can talk with you about any process to do with the building.


  • Bath tub
  • Cot available
  • DVD player
  • Electric blankets
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Internet (WiFi)
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Shower

Bed layouts

  • Bedroom 2

    1 x Queen bed

  • Master bedroom with ensuite

    1 x Queen bed
    1 x Single bed

Availability & rates*

Maybe booked

  • Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found.
  • Extras: Linen FREE (included)
Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
My Tariff
23-Jan-18 to 17-Jan-19
$200+/night $200+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $45/night; Children: $20/night;

*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 (5)

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  • A wonderful retreat in stunning countryside

    A wonderful retreat in stunning countryside.

    BrucePr1 100%|1x Feb 2017

  • A very relaxed home in a very relaxing environment

    A very relaxed home in a very relaxing environment. The strawbale construction makes it very different and is both warm in the evenings and cool during the day. The location at Oturehua is quite central to many attractions - Naesby, St Bathans, Ranfurly, Ophir, Omakau, Hayes Engineering - historic place. The scenery is stunning.

    DarrelR4 100%|2x Feb 2017

  • The house was very homely and an ideal place to get away...

    The house was very homely and an ideal place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life for a few days. It was lovely to while a way a few hours reading in the window seats, The bath and the views from it were amazing. I would be having a bath every night if i lived here :)

    JoQ 100%|2x Jan 2017

  • A modern example of traditional craft building

    A modern example of traditional craft building. Oturehua is central to the Central Otago story, alongside the Rail Trail and in easy driving distance for numerous daily excursions.

    LAURIERO4 100%|1x Jan 2017

  • Rustic and still work to be completed but quiet and relaxing home

    Rustic and still work to be completed but quiet and relaxing home. Well provisioned. Comfortable.

    johnan891 100%|4x Mar 2016

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