3 bedrooms, private, historic & original, close to water & tourist options
About Jane Clutha
We are a couple with some wonderful decades of living behind us and have found each other in later life. Robin is English and met Jane, a Kiwi, while visiting New Zealand. We have created a blissful little oasis which we would like to share with you. The garden and surroundings are our joy and you are welcome to sit and enjoy them in the unspoiled moonlight or bask in the midday sun, whichever you prefer! The cottage is private and very protected. The flowers and veges are yours to share with us too. Inside you will find modern appliances and the warmth you will expect. But you will also experience the nostalgia of yesteryear with the original flooring, walls, and some fittings. We even have two bedrooms upstairs in the loft. Perhaps a large family lived here in the 1860s. We don't know exactly but its fun pretending. We both have other work. For instance, Robin is a tour guide at Larnach Castle, so see if you can catch him there when you visit. Jane is a professional health coach. Both of us like to make things, so you will also find for sale goats milk soaps, beeswax food wraps, produce bags, muslin cloths, wooden albatrosses and penguins and all sorts of other things. We are always keen to hear your comments and find ways to make your experience at our property even better. So please do make yourself known to us and call out if we can help with anything.
Jane Clutha purchased this Cottage in 2017
Why Jane Clutha chose Dunedin
We loved this property from the moment we first saw it. It has a very beautiful setting with the garden in front and hens to the back. Two front windows on either side of a central front door give it that classic welcoming look! The cottage is so close to the wildlife attractions on the peninsula. In particular, the Royal Albatross Colony. Staying here gives you the chance to explore locally at your leisure. We can help with walks and tours and suggest the best itinerary to suit your plans. Please just ask. And it has been a huge amount of fun to work on it bringing it up to a standard for you to enjoy. It's now snug and warm and yet can still show us the old ways that families lived. You can easily imagine all who lived here before.
What makes this Cottage unique
Lovely coastal walks, spectacular night sky viewing, close to Larnach Castle and all the sights of iconic Otago Peninsula. The wildlife centre of Otago with penguins, Albatross colony, seals, sealions, occasional whales and dolphins, birdlife.
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 6
Cute cottage, beware hidden “extra guest” fees
Tiny quaint cottage in a nice rural setting found amidst a charming fruit, flower and vegetable garden with chickens and ducks roaming the backyard and pasture. Though it can sleep six, best for no more than 2-3 adults because of the tiny livingroom/dining room/kitchenette area that squeezes in a love seat and small table next to a wall with kitchen sink and cupboards. Refrigerator is in back hallway. Room for children or adults in the two wee attic bedrooms as long as they can maneuver a steep narrow pull-down ladder. Beds are quite comfortable. Lack of a stove and oven was offset by a large covered electric frying pan, microwave oven and hot plate.
Hi Liz, thanks for your review and we're glad you had a good time. We list the extra guest fees very clearly on the site as well as being very clear about the loft ladder and small overall footprint. We hope you got home safely.
We had an excellent stay. Thank you.
Thanks for the lovely comments Sarah, it was a pleasure to meet you and have you all to stay.
Robin and Jane.
A lovely small cottage, comfortable and convenient for beaches, walks and wildlife. 😀
Thanks Susan, we're glad you enjoyed your stay
Great character cottage
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Great location, wonderful restaurant in Portobello
We're really happy that you enjoyed your stay Kathy
First stay Otago Peninsulla
Ideal old world comfortable accommodation with cottage garden in which to relax.
Great guests, good communication and left Portobello settlers cottage in perfect condition. Would love to host them again.
This is the perfect location for a stay, just minutes from the various wildlife facilities and other activities on the iconic Otago Peninsula.
The cottage is ever so close to wonderful scenery and landscapes as well as the breathtaking harbour and seafront coasts. There are a great many walks close by, from the easy flat ones, a stroll along a beach for example, to the more difficult sand dune climbs. We are also on the lovely new harbour cycle track, built to encompass the entire harbour.
The area is famous for conservation and wildlife - Royal albatrosses, yellow-eyed and little blue penguins, seals, NZ sea lions, native birds and occasional whales and dolphins. Also in this area are surf and swimming beaches, fishing and spectacular star and night gazing. No artificial lights here.
Portobello Village and Bay has an historic pub that serves a good meal and plenty of beverages, a well stocked store, the 1908 Restaurant and the Penguin Cafe. There is also a gallery and small museum full of local history, well worth a visit. Portobello is the last stop for petrol, so fill up at our local station.
Your only chance to see... the world's only mainland Royal Albatross breeding colony. Visit the exclusive observatory 8kms away to see giant albatross throughout their breeding cycle as they court, lay eggs and raise huge fluffy chicks. Imagine viewing a huge Royal Albatross with a three-metre wingspan gliding effortlessly and silently near you? Giant fluffy chicks awaiting their parental feeding? Patient parents incubating eggs? Teenage hijinks? Meet the Royals, watch Royal Cam 24/7 -Gain insight into the private lives of these magnificent birds.
Did you know a secret fort lies hidden beneath our world famous Royal Albatross colony? Explore underground tunnels, learn the fascinating military history and see the worlds only restored 1886 Armstrong Disappearing gun protecting Dunedin from harm. Fort Taiaroa, established over 100 years ago to counter the threat of invasion from Tsarist Russia, is hidden beneath the albatross colony. Visitors can explore this fascinating secret fort, learn the military history, from Maori pa to WWII Fort and view the only Armstrong Disappearing Gun of its type in the world, still in working trim, in its original gun pit. Inspect at first hand the famous 1886 six inch calibre hydraulic disappearing gun. Stroll through the underground tunnels and view the deep-down magazines. Check out detailed models which show how the gun worked.
New Zealand's only castle offers an insight into a wealthy Victorian lifestyle, complete with scandal and suicide. Larnach Castle, built from 1871, by William Larnach, merchant banker and politician, showcases master craftsmanship, New Zealand antiques and a style of Victorian and colonial culture. Learn about Larnach's three wives, six children... and eventual scandalous suicide in Parliament Buildings. Beautifully restored and interestingly interpreted by the Barker family who have owned and cared for the Castle since 1967.
Larnach Castle Garden offers seasonal floral displays amongst an important collection of NZ plants. A Garden in the South Seas. Explore a 125 year old garden of strong design & magnificent vistas. An important collection of NZ & other temperate Southern Hemisphere plants complements the seasonal floral displays. Since 1967 the owner, Margaret Barker, has replanted and revitalised the garden. This has been achieved with great sensitivity to the estates history and overwhelming ambience. Recently selected as a garden of International Significance.
Fletcher House. New Zealand's only fully restored and furnished Edwardian villa built in 1909 by Sir James Fletcher. A family home furnished in period style.
Nestled in 30 acres of woodland garden, with great panoramic harbour views, are the Glenfalloch Woodland Gardens, an NZGT 'Garden of National Significance'. Explore 30 acres of historic garden begun in 1871 and filled with splendid plantings. Stroll amongst the beautiful seasonal displays and enjoy the lush surrounds. Situated in peaceful, relaxing surroundings you can enjoy panoramic harbour views. Walk among the rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, fuchsias and a profusion of other flower species which integrate with native ferns, exotic imports and indigenous NZ trees to showcase 140 years of conservation and expansion of our botanical heritage. Glenfalloch Garden is definitely a four season garden with each season bringing its own special array of colours and fragrances.
Glenfalloch has one of Dunedin’s Top Restaurants consistently #1 on TripAdvisor; superb cuisine set in a beautiful historic woodland garden on Dunedin’s stunning Otago Peninsula.
There is a full range of tourist information, detailed maps and bus timetables in the cottage for your convenience. Tourist itineraries can be booked at the Dunedin I-Site which has up-to-date information on a daily basis.