About this listing
The Summer House is located in Rotorua, nestled in the private and secure back garden of our property in the peaceful neighbourhood of Tihi-O-Tonga.
5km to central city,1km to mountain bike tracks and geothermal attractions.
The Summer House is a spacious (40 square metres) self-contained, architecturally designed studio with simple yet stylish décor.
During your stay, a self serve breakfast is provided in your kitchen, including home made cereal, baking, breads, yogurt, fruits, fresh coffee, juice and a selection of teas. The studio also has a well equipped kitchen if you wish to cook your own meals or use of a bbq or weber. Rotorua also has many good restaurants we can recommend, and most only a few minutes drive.
All linen and towels are provided and also internet, phone, tv and stereo and washing machine. The bed is a very comfortable queen size bed (purchased last year). There is a two seater sofa and also a moonpod armchair for you to relax in.
The landscaped garden and private spa area is a lovely place to relax while listening to the tuis and other birds.
Our neighbourhood is quiet and safe and as we are situated on a hill and free from the sulphur smell! There is only one road in so there is also very little traffic.
Just a few meters down the road is the best view in Rotorua which overlooks Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island. It is at the start of the Rotorua Tree Trust which is a huge area planted and landscaped with lovely walks.
Rotorua is a fantastic place to visit. There is so much to do and it is like no other place in New Zealand. Being in the central North Island it is also very well located to visit other areas. If forests,beaches,mountains, lakes,tramping, biking, bushwalks,geothermal hot springs, luging, ziplining, experiencing maori culture, wildlife, wining and dining, skiing, rafting, relaxing (to name just a few!!!) sound like you then you better get here! (Most people find they need at least two whole days in Rotorua.)
Your hosts (Jess and Barry) are very knowledgeable and passionate about our city and can help you select the excursions and locations which will help you make the most of your time here. We look forward to meeting you.
* special discounts for 5 nights or more please enquire.
* For the period of December 11th 2015 - January 7th 2016, preference will be given to bookings of 5 nights or more.
The spa area and back garden is solely yours while you are staying. You have a separate entry to the studio through a side gate.
Interaction with Guests
We like to give our guests as much privacy as possible but we are available for a catch up or to help in any way.
Fantastic views out to Mokoia Island and Lake Rotorua. Great walks through the Rotorua Tree Trust. Peace and quiet with very little traffic. Lovely neighbourhood.
We are on the local bus route.
Taxis into central city are approximately $20.
Plenty of off street parking.
Check in time 1400hrs
Check out time 1100hrs
No excessive noise or guests after 11pm
Accommodation is not suitable for children
It was a pleasant one! Jess received us at 5 pm and showed us around.
She gave us a good tour of the place. The place was in a good clean condition as well! Great time !
Jess is a great host! Thanks for giving us such a lovely warm welcome into your stunning summer house. A very comfortable stay, with a lovely bed, great shower and kitchen facilities. Awesome location for exploring, we only wish we could have stayed longer. If you are in the Rotorua area, Jess's place is highly recommended!
We arrived early which was no problem for Jess who showed us around. Everything was perfect, the studio was gorgeous and comfortable . Jess had the most amazing breakfast calzone in the fridge, yum. There was so much food which was all amazing, the spa was great and Jess so friendly, she even dried our washing for us. Would recommend this to anyone, seriously the best place to stay anywhere, nothing compares. Could not have been happier!
Our time there were amazing and Jessica and her husband made everything better for us. Everything that you can read in the airbnb ad is true! Fantastic place and hosters!
Chaque détail est parfaitement choisi.
Les fournitures et équipements sont tous de haute qualité.
Jessica réserve un accueil très chaleureux et s'est rendue disponible à tout moment si nécessaire.
Le petit déjeuner offert est délicieux. Sans parler du bonheur de déguster un croissant au jambon !
Je recommande vivement cette adresse pour un séjour à Rotorua.
At first I was a little hesitant to write this review, because as you're about to see, I'm about to sound like a paid advertiser. But I assure you that I'm not! Just a wow'd guest that had the pleasure of staying at Jess and Barrys' wonderful home.
If you are going to be staying in or near Rotorua, do yourself a favor and check with these hosts! Thank me later, after you've stayed!
The cottage is so beautifully constructed and decorated. It is inviting, open, airy and impeccably styled and detailed. All amenities are provided (which are top-notch, by the way), including a wonderful selection of fruits, sandwiches and cereals for breakfast. The shower is heavenly. The bed seems to be constructed of cumulus clouds - so comfortable that I'm convinced a house fire may not adequate for me to want to leave. And they have a hot tub! Why are you still reading this?? Quit, and start the booking process now!
The neighborhood is lovely and so quiet. If you're looking for a restful stay, you'll have trouble beating this. Actually - You can't. Just stay here.
If all of this wasn't enough, the hosts are wonderfully kind, salt of the earth people. Jess is infuriatingly talented and creative. Her partner is equally kind and pleasant to chat with. Very knowledgable on the local eateries and things to see.
Now... to continue my search for the types of linen's that were in the cottage. I need them in my life.
My wife and I spent 10 nights at The Summer House B&B, mountain biking by day and relaxing by night. We loved every minute of it.
Our hosts Jess and Barry were so welcoming, yet the B&B felt very private and we enjoyed the spacious backyard and loads of privacy.
We cooked most of our own meals thanks to the well equipped and stocked kitchen. The supplied breakfast was nothing short of incredible: from bacon, eggs, hash browns and pancakes, through to home made muesli, fresh fruits and gourmet yoghurts, and everything in between. And if that weren't enough, Jess also provided some home-baked goodies (chocolate brownies, caramel slice etc) too. The breakfasts were definitely a highlight.
Initially were were worried the cottage would be too small, but it wasn't at all. There was ample space and a sun-soaked outdoor area for relaxing and a private, shaded spa area for soaking after a big day on the trails. The hot tub was really clean and well maintained.
The bed was softer than ours at home, which is ultra firm, but supportive enough and we slept like babies every night. We love our music and they have the best sound system of anywhere we have ever stayed. It happily played our own music from our iPhones. We used the washing machine most days so it was great to have it right in the cottage.
Our hosts provided a secure place to store our bikes and a hose for washing them down. It was nice to have our bikes tucked away and not under our feet. There was even a place for us to store helmets, shoes etc outside to dry.
The world famous Rotorua mountain bike tracks are less than 10 minutes ride away, most of which is bush track. The climb up the hill after the ride wasn't as tough as it looked and worth it for the views and being away from the sulphur smell.
We will definitely stay again when we go back to Rotorua. We can't imagine finding any place better.
About the Host, Jessica
I live in a beautiful part of the country, in a beautiful part of the world with my partner Barry . I am a part time chef and an artist and in my spare time I love gardening, reading, watching movies and exploring new places.
I opened The Summer House because I think we have got something really special here . Our little piece of paradise...We love interaction with people but also aim to combine this with discretion and privacy so our guests can enjoy as much peace as possible.