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.
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.
Summer rates (Nov - May)
$165 for two people, $45 extra per third and fourth guest.
Winter rates (June - October)
$185 for two people, $45 extra per third and fourth guest.
Christmas/New Year (24th Dec - 4th Jan)
$185 for two people, $45 extra per third and fourth guest.
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 only available to purchase from a nearby motel (prepay) but does not come included with your rental. From experience it can be very slow and unreliable (we would not recommend it) - if you would like internet we suggest an internet cafe in town, with a coffee and some sunshine!
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 comfortable and peaceful, with the garden, gorgeous views and soft furnishings. It is very precious to us, and has small ornaments on display. 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.
I have to say these really are million dollar views! The cottage was beautiful, it was like a home away from home. We even got a drop in from Georgie which was lovely as she is very nice. The air-con warmed up a lot after the first couple of days but was a bit chilly at first. It was a very quick walk or drive from Queenstown.
It was more than comfortable, the kitchen was big and there was plenty of room throughout the whole house. A working DVD player on the side of the TV, a few board games and jenga behind the couches.
The shower was very warm, and the heater in the bathroom made it so much better! On that note, the shower warmed up so quickly and had great pressure - just what you need after a long day of snowboarding or hiking! The washing machine also worked well.
Thanks again for an amazing stay Georgie, when I return to Queenstown your lovely cottage will definitely be my first choice of accommodation :-)
I had a terrific stay @ Georgie's place. The house was very clean. There were instructions for everything around the house which made everything easy. The views were amazing. The only downside is that it gets cold in the winter in the house. I pretty much stayed in the family room area... if you shut all of the doors surrounding the room the heater keeps the area warm. The space heater in the main bedroom keeps the bedroom warm.
Great location to walk into town and easy directions to collect the key.
Wonderful view as the name suggests.
Our stay was extremely comfortable. It was a perfect location for our needs and accessible to the airport and town. We were only in Queenstown for 3 nights so location was important to us. The views over the bay are worth staying there alone before even mentioning the facilities.
We chose this cottage for the location and views and it did not disappoint! The views could not have been better. Something that surprised us was how beautiful the gardens and front porch were as well. Communicating with Georgie was easy and quick. The neighborhood is really nice as it is probably some of the best real estate in Queenstown.
However, do be aware that the cottage is aged - the fixtures, carpet, and beds are out of date. My husband and I found that the duvets on the bed sharply irritated some allergies (I don't know what for me) but the cottage is well stocked so we switched out the duvets for a few blankets from the closet and were okay after that.
We did not walk into town (we had a rental car) because it was too cold but it probably wouldn't have been a bad walk. We did not cook much either but it seemed that the kitchen was appropriately stocked (though only salt and pepper in the way of edibles, FYI, if you want sugar for your tea or oil there wasn't any).
Overall a lovely stay, even in the off season! We drank in the views every day and were sad to leave.
Georgie's cottage is everything as advertised and more! The location is perfect - waking up to that view was incredible - and it took no time to walk to city center. Georgie was very responsive to email and provided clear instructions for arrival/departure. Only wish there was WiFi.
We loved our stay in Queenstown. The house was darling, peaceful, the views, definitely million dollar and the surprising thing was the yard/garden, it provided so much privacy for the house as well as being landscaped beautifully. Thank you Georgie for accommodating our arrival and departure times. Heidi
About the Host, Georgie
I love to get outdoors, tramping, running, camping, you name it; which means that I love being in Queenstown, as I can do all these things!
Our cottage is very precious to my family and I. We like that other individuals and families can enjoy it too. It is always such a relaxing place to be for us.
I am friendly, outgoing, motivated and enjoy the little things in life. When I travel, I like home comforts and soft beds as much as anyone, although I think it is definitely the new experiences and different lifestyles, however brief, that make a trip memorable. I hope that our cottage can provide you with good memories and a comfortable stay.