About this listing
A cozy and quaint 1950's cottage in a beautiful garden setting. Walk to the town centre in 8 minutes, or curl up in the armchair and soak up the view - it's unbeatable.
NB **We cannot host children under age 13 and there is no internet available**
Relax in our superbly located small, cosy and quiet Sunnybrae cottage, set in a gorgeous secluded private garden. It is situated in "the dress circle", just a eight minute walk to the heart of all Queenstown has to offer; restaurants, shops, cinema, gondola and adventure activities. Walk down to the lake and follow the path through the beautiful Queenstown Gardens into town.
Our cottage sleeps four, and is ideally suited to a couple looking for a relaxing weekend away, with the well furnished master bedroom overlooking the lake. Wake early or late, lie in bed and watch the day unfold upon the lake and mountains in pinks and yellows. Listen to 'The Call' of the Earnslaw and watch her majestic journey across the lake.
There is one double bed in the master bedroom and two single beds in the twin room, which receives the sun and has a heated towel rail on the wall. Both bedrooms have double glazing, heaters on the wall and bedside tables for all beds, plus wardrobes.
The kitchen includes microwave, ceramic cooktop, oven and a useful variety of crockery and glassware, plus extras like a sandwich grill and coffee plunger to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
The lounge, gallery and master bedroom all have fantastic large windows displaying a stunning 180 degree view of Lake Wakatipu, the garden, the mountains and the town, with the rich colours being visible from every room. In winter, snow-capped mountains reflect in a deep blue lake. In spring, fresh new growth shows in the garden with the promise of a Central Otago summer - native Bellbirds, Tui, Kereru and Tauhou (Waxeyes). In summer, schist rocks shimmer on the mountains and reflect on the lake. Roses grow around the deck and in the autumn, amazing colours burst through as the leaves change and drop for winter. At the end of the day, watch the sun track across the township, to hide behind Mt Nicholas, sending rays of colour through the sky on to the surrounding mountains as it sets over the lake.
The long summer twilight seems to extend your holiday forever.
Amenities in the lounge include Freeview TV with a DVD player and USB port, a very effective heatpump, a perfect armchair to sit and watch the lake, and two plush leather couches.
The warm palette and soft furnishings inside the cottage are complemented by the deep greens and reds of the garden, and the wooden screens strategically placed in the garden to give you the utmost experience of welcoming homeliness and privacy.
There are two dining tables for use, one in the lounge and one in the gallery, seating 4-5 people comfortably. The gallery has a unique long dining table with beautiful Central Otago influences – you will understand when you see it!
The bathroom and shower has a washing machine for your convenience, plus several towel rails, and there is an ironing board and iron in the closet in the gallery. There is a machine clothes dryer in the garden shed near the front door - you will have a key to access this with the front door key.
French doors open onto the sunny porch which is surrounded by a mature private garden. An outdoor glass table that seats four makes it perfect for entertaining, and a picnic table situated further out in the sun is ideal for having a late breakfast or lunch, whilst watching the tuis and woodpigeons.
The cottage was built in the 1950's, and its design follows lines of that time. It was the first cottage built on the street, and there are photos on display of the view from the window before much of Queenstown was there! This is a dear old place of comfort and homeliness to our family, and if you are looking for up-to-the-minute technology and fittings, this is not the place for you. We like to visit and relax, feel the character of the cottage and enjoy special times with family and friends there.
There are two off-street and several on-street parks. Access is up four steps in the garden, which are wide and easy to navigate.
The property is fenced on three sides, but just has trees and garden on the road frontage.
Smokefree and no pets please.
The cottage is not fitted with child safety measures, so we cannot accept children under the age of thirteen.
Check-in and check-out times are 2.00 p.m. and 10.00 a.m. respectively.
We require a bond of $300, which AirBnb manage, and we do not handle this money. This bond is a payment over and above your rental fee, and will be refunded to your nominated bank account after your departure, if the cottage is left in good order.
Details of access will be given once your booking is confirmed, and your date of arrival is approaching.
WIFI is not available at the cottage. If you would like internet we suggest an internet cafe in town, with a coffee and some sunshine!
Another option I would recommend is getting a sim card for your phone, and getting a cheap data plan - 2degrees is a company that works well and is inexpensive. You can pick up these from any supermarket or corner shop.
We have provided many pamphlets in the cottage on activities and places around the Lakes District, and the information/booking center is very close by, in the center of town.
There is a garden shed which you can access, for drying skis and snowboards, and the dryer is also located out here.
Interaction with Guests
We do not live at the property, we use it as our own getaway so we will not meet you in person. Thus we cannot provide any basic food or breakfast amenties for you but we are on hand via text/calling/email for any questions.
Quiet, leafy streets, friendly neighbors and locals, and such a short walk to the crystal clear lake and all the activities that Queenstown is renowned for!
Walking is the best way to get around central Queenstown, as the cottage is so close! However a car is useful if you wish to get to Arrowtown or any of the more wild locations - bungy, Glenorchy, the mountains etc. There are good buses and shuttles to most activities if you research ahead, and the cottage is a minute's walk to the main bus route.
Our cottage is very precious to us, and we would request that you do not change the furniture around, or light the ornamental candles - these are fundamental rules but we have had guests in the past who decide it is their right to do so. It is has not been fitted with child safety measures, so we cannot accept children under thirteen to stay, and we hope that any teenagers staying would be well behaved in terms of taking care of the property. We would like to know if anything gets broken or damaged so we can arrange for repairs as soon as possible. We hope our guests are aware that it is an older property, so we would love to accommodate people who will appreciate its quaint design and take good care of it. We hope you enjoy our lovely cottage, and make the most of the close proximity to town and attractions, whilst enjoying the garden and suburb surrounding.