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 (54)

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  • Gorgeous spot, right beside the bike trail and estuary for walking and...

    Gorgeous spot, right beside the bike trail and estuary for walking and observing wild life.

    helene858 100%|7x Jan 2016

  • The property is situated in a quiet location and offered everything we...

    The property is situated in a quiet location and offered everything we required and more. The rooms were beautifully set out with lots of crafts and pictures but at the same time very homely. The furnishings we top class and everything that was needed in regards to equipment was provided. The cottage itself was just chocolete box gorgeous and we loved it.

    rosemary10 100%|2x Jan 2016

    Owner/manager responds:

    Thank you again for your lovely feedback ??

    NickyBu6 100%|48x

  • Beautiful little haven

    Beautiful little haven. Everything we needed and more. So peaceful and was like stepping back in time. So relaxing. Will definitely be back.

    kevinpa4 100%|6x Dec 2015

  • This property is so quaint and the decorations are delightful

    This property is so quaint and the decorations are delightful. The beds and pillows are comfortable and the cottage has everything you need to just arrive and enjoy.

    maryam926 100%|2x Oct 2015

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