Lakeside Magic, Lake Ellesmere

Bach or holiday home | Selwyn District | #9704

9.9/10 (71 ratings)
  • 10 people
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 7 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


Great family bach hidden away on the western shores of Lake Ellesmere.

Feel the peace, solitude and tranquility. Enjoy comfort, open spaces, calm water, walking, fishing, bird watching, kayaking.

Comfortably sleeps up to 10 – 8 in house, 2 in sleepout. Sleepout provides second bathroom.

A quick 7 km drive to Leeston township provides access to groceries, fishing supplies, takeaways, and good coffee.

Just 2kms along the peninsula is the Lakeside Domain and Ellesmere Aquatic Centre with all weather boat ramp, water ski lanes, wind surfing area.

The northern boundary of the property is the 230 hectare Harts Creek Wildlife Reserve, home to ducks, swans, herons, bitterns and incorporating the renowned trout fishing of Harts Creek. Five minutes walk from the house is the car park for the walkway leading to the Hart Creek bird hide.

42 acres of private land, lake and swamp to explore. Plastic stinger kayaks available. Catch fish in the spring fed creek on the edge of the front lawn

Keep warm on those chilly evenings with heat pump and wood burner.

Includes all those great holiday essentials of

Good drinking water. Gas BBQ. Dishwasher. Microwave. Freeview TV with DVD. (Sky TV has been disconnected) Well stocked bookshelves with puzzles and games. Comfortable beds, lots of warm bedding. Wood burner with wet back water heater to top up hot water supplies, firewood included.

Drive times (approx) are 25 mins from Hornby, 40 mins from Darfield, 15 mins from Raikaia.

Canterbury Earthquake Update

Property has held together well throughout the quakes and aftershocks and we are grateful to have sustained only minor cosmetic damage. EQC will repair this for us at some stage, and it does not affect your enjoyment.


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Bath tub
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Fireplace
  • Freeview (TM)
  • Fridge
  • Heat pump - Aircon
  • Kayak(s)
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Spark
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Bed 1

    1 x Bunk bed
    2 x Single bed

  • Bed 2

    1 x Queen bed

  • Bed 3

    2 x Single bed

  • Sleepout

    1 x Queen bed

Availability & rates*

Maybe booked

  • Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found.
  • Linen: Bring your own linen
Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
Flat Rate
26-Apr-17 to 30-Jun-18
$130+/night $130+/night
For up to 5 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $15/night; Children: $15/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 (92)

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  • The house is very comfortable and well stocked

    The house is very comfortable and well stocked. The lake views and bird life are fantastic.

    CathyG54 100%|2x Feb 2017

  • Fantastic bach with everything one would need - lovely, quiet setting with...

    Fantastic bach with everything one would need - lovely, quiet setting with beautiful views.

    EstherPe1 100%|1x Feb 2017

  • Another fabulous stay

    Another fabulous stay. We adore this place. Always tidy upon arrival including the outdoor area. Love, love, love it!! Thanks guys :-)

    MichelleMi4 100%|3x Jan 2017

  • A property that is indeed 'MAGIC'! An ideal place for a quiet...

    A property that is indeed 'MAGIC'! An ideal place for a quiet retreat, or bird lovers; but also ideal for a party away from grumpy neighbours! A very clean place, well equiped and very accessible from Christchurch.

    PhilippeGe1 100%|2x Dec 2016

  • Loved everything about it

    Loved everything about it. Fantastic bird watching, great balcony to play music on, a very welcoming feel to the place. Will must definitely be going back.

    AbieH373 100%|2x Dec 2016

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