Historic Seaside Cottage

Bach or holiday home | Purakanui Inlet | #491

9.7/10 (73 ratings)
  • 5 people
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 4 beds
  • 1 bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking


  • Absolute waters edge with great indoor/ outdoor living. A surf beach a short row or walk away.
  • Sea, sand,fish, birds, tides, walks and sunsets
  • Historic

Restored 140 yr old cottage on the very edge of the sheltered Purakaunui inlet, just a scenic 25 min drive from Dunedin.

Although still faithful to it's historic roots, there are the home comforts of a full modern kitchen and bathroom.The rooms are tastefully decorated and cleaned and maintained to a high standard. There is electric heating in every room as well as open fire and coal range. Electric blankets are on the beds except for the trundler in main house.

As featured in Life and Leisure Magazine, Jan, 2009. The cluster of four little buidings known as "As You Like It" since the 1930's, is a 100 metre walk down a path along the waters edge.

You can just sit on the deck and watch the fish just a metre away, or watch the sunset over the water, dig for cockles, fish off the deck or the rocks, walk along the ocean beach or row or canoe around the inlet. It's a great bird watchers spot- shags ,tuis, fantails, bellbirds, oystercatchers, woodpigeons, whitefaced herons, kingfishers, etc. Dinghy or canoe are available and normally moored by the cottage. The white sandy beach can be accessed at low tide by walking across ankle deep water, or by canoe. At full tide the entire bay is full of water

Outings can include a visit the historic pa site, Motutapu and it's secluded beach, or the Orokanui Sanctuary, 5 min drive away. The new Dunedin Stadium is only 20 min drive away.

It is also a great base to visit Dunedin's attractions , Port Chalmers is 10 min drive away, with designer clothes and jewelry shops as well as coffee bars and restaurants. Eating out options include the Carey's Bay Hotel overlooking the fishing village beside Port Chalmers, or Fleur's reknowned Seafood restaurant at Moeraki. The unspoilt coastal settlements of Seacliff and Karitane are a short senic drive away.

There are many walks around the township and the boatsheds, along Purakaunui beach, around the inlet or to Longbeach.

Special conditions: Note that each bedroom-and the bathroom -are in separate cottages. The single bed in the main house is a trundler stored under the double bed. The buildings are clustered together and there are only a couple of steps between each cottage. Security lights light the way. Please discuss bringing pets with us. Complimentary Clothes washing available nearby. Check-in time after 2pm, check out by 11 a.m.


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Boat ramp
  • Cot available
  • Dinghy
  • DVD player
  • Electric blankets
  • Fireplace
  • Freeview (TM)
  • Fridge
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Kayak(s)
  • Life jackets
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Telecom
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Shower
  • Telephone (local calls)
  • TV

Bed layouts

  • Main house

    1 x Double bed
    1 x Roll-away bed

  • Merry Wives of Windsor Cottage

    Bedroom - A separate double bedroom with coved ceiling, views over the water.

    1 x Double bed

  • Midsummer Nights Dream

    Bedroom - A small single bedroom with French doors opening onto a grassy area, opposite the Merry Wives of Windsor.

    1 x Single bed

Availability & rates

Maybe booked

  • Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found.
  • Extras: Linen FREE (included)
  • Multi-night stay: Get 1 FREE night when you stay for 6 nights or longer. Not valid for periods where a last minute discount applies. Free night applies to lowest priced night.

  • Gifts & giveaways: Free use of dinghy and kayaks.

  • Gifts & giveaways: Free Wifi Broadband Internet

  • Gifts & giveaways: Free local phone calls

Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
High Season
02-Dec-15 to 22-Dec-15
$190+/night $190+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $20/night; Children: $20/night;
2 night minimum stay
Christmas New year
23-Dec-15 to 31-Dec-15
$205+/night $205+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $20/night; Children: $20/night;
3 night minimum stay
Low Season
01-Jan-16 to 02-Mar-17
$170+/night $170+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $20/night; Children: $20/night;
2 night minimum stay

Reviews (293)

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  • PatrickBr4
    100%|2x Nov 2015

    We loved our stay at 'As you like it'. I would definitely stay again. We loved the fact that it was very beutiful and remote but the cabin was very comfortable and full of history. We were lucky to have 2 days of beautiful weather. Thanks for having us.
  • alisle328
    100%|141x Nov 2015

    A unique bach, this is not our first visit and I hope it will not be our last. Warm with comfortable beds and all you need at hand. Fishing from the deck ....bliss!
  • MargoP26
    100%|11x Nov 2015

    Amazing setting. Very comfortable and well set up.
  • MargoP26
    100%|11x Nov 2015

    Amazing setting. Very comfortable and well set up.
  • HannahM13
    100%|6x Oct 2015

    Loved everything about "as you like it"
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