Located between the city and mountain, Post Office Cottage is perfect for;
- a romantic getaway
- walking Mt Taranaki
- exploring the city
- meeting our pet sheep or
- just sitting on the deck at the end of the day to enjoy a glass of wine
The Cottage is a comfortable retreat with historic features of its former life. Located adjacent to our home, we're on hand to give help or advice but far enough away to allow privacy.
Post Office Cottage is self catering which means we provide some breakfast basics to get you started but you need to cook your own meals. It has a single living / bedroom with a separate kitchen, bathroom and toilet. Due to its age, the cottage isn't perfect, but we think that just adds to the charm, character and uniqueness.
There is a Queen Bed and a fold out couch and we provide linen and duvets for both. The bed has an electric blanket and there are hot water bottles, a wool blanket and quilt to keep you toasty warm in winter. If you are travelling with a baby, a portacot is also available but you will need to provide your own linen. We can also provide a highchair - just ask if you need it. For older children, there's a box of kids toys, books and DVD's.
The kitchen has a stove, microwave and small fridge and a basic selection of pots, pans and utensils to allow you to cook a meal. If you find you're missing anything, of course you're always able to borrow it from the main house. We provide breakfast cereals, milk, plunger coffee and a selection of teas to get you started and if you book more than two nights we'll also leave you with bacon and eggs and bread for a cooked breakfast. When the hens are laying, you'll get our own free range eggs!
The bathroom is small with just a shower and hand basin while the toilet is located off the main area in what was originally the telephone booth - complete with original felt soundproofing.
For entertainment on rainy days there is a TV with basic TV channels and a DVD/BluRay player with movies (or bring your own). We also have books, puzzles and board games if you want to stay in and relax. There is WIFI in the cottage which is linked to the internet connection through the main house.
Guests are welcome to access our garden and the 1.5 acre property. We have two young boys (10 and 9) who love to meet new children and are happy to share their toys and trampoline.
We have a cat (Cocoa) who lives in the house with us. She has been known to visit the cottage so if you have an extreme allergy to cats this may not suit. We also have a pet sheep (Wallace) who lives in a paddock beside the cottage. He's friendly and usually happy to be patted and have his photo taken with visitors.
We're happy to help when required, but do both work so we may not always be available in person during the day. I can usually respond to messages so don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions. If we're home, come over to the house if you need anything and if you'd prefer to be left alone to do your own thing, we'll respect that.
Other things to note
Please be aware that this is a rural property. Post Office Cottage relies on rain water for its water supply and has a septic tank. We ask that you conserve water where possible by being mindful of the length of your showers, and are careful not to flush anything unnatural down the toilet or sinks. Neither the water supply, nor septic tank are likely to impact on your stay if you treat them with respect.
Despite its proximity to New Plymouth, Post Office Cottage has poor cellphone coverage on the vodafone and 2degrees networks. Texts can usually be received in the Cottage but phone calls often won't connect. There is no problem with the Telecom or Skinny networks.
Why do we charge a cleaning fee? It covers the cost of a hour's cleaning and also for the linen hire of the space. We choose not to build it into our nightly rate because we feel that punishes guests who only stay one or two nights. It's a one off charge, so the longer you stay, the less on average, you pay per night for cleaning.