About This Listing
Typical kiwi cottage located in a rural setting with a magnificent view over to the river. Easy access to the river and refreshing waterhole from the house. This is the place to relax or explore the nearby Nelson Lakes National Park.
Charming Cottage with river view and waterhole nearby. Peaceful and inspiring location. Room has a luxurious kingsize double bed with 2 separate mattresses. Bathroom is shared.
The property is situated in a valley on the edge of Nelson Lakes National Park. Walking tracks, 4Wd tracks and goldpanning sites are nearby. Hiking trails start from Lake Rotoiti, 15km's away. If you don't have a car I can pick up and drop off for a small charge. The village offers a restaurant/bar, General Store and petrol station. The Nelson Lakes region is centrally located to wineries, Art galleries and many attractions along with the cities of Nelson, Blenheim, Westport, Kahurangi National Park and Abel Tasman National Park. Great for day trips! This is also a fly fisherman's paradise. But if you just like to sit on the deck, chill out and read than this is also a great place to do it. My bathroom, which is shared, is small and basic with a shower. It is next to your room. However if a bath is your thing than there is an outdoor bath under the stars which can be filled by request.
Please note that this is a homestay. I share my property and home with guests. You have free run of the house and I love you to feel at home. Guests may cook their own meals if desired but as I love to cook you are welcome to reserve dinner in advance. Internet is wireless but it is on Satellite access is only for checking emails and arranging your next destination. No mobile reception in the valley ( 3 km away)
Interaction with Guests
As much or as little as you like. Your bedroom has a chair and TV. Outside is a large deck attached to the house and a small deck attached to a (website hidden) that offers privacy, and the sound of the river.
The peace & quiet, sound of the birds and river flowing are the greatest assets of this location. The valley is known for gold panning. In the area you can find historical sites, fabulous nature in the Nelson lakes National Park and Kahurangi National Park and a little further afield, Able Tasman National Park.
The property is about 15 mins west of St Arnaud and 45 mins from Rainbow Skifield. A shuttle runs from St Arnaud to the skifield.
There is no public transport here so you need to have your own transport. Alternatively I can pick you up from an airport ( 100kms) for a fee if you are a keen walker or cyclist. Coaches depart from a point 10km away ( Route Nelson- Fox Glacier) or Nelson Lakes Shuttles can provide a transfer.
Other Things to Note
There is a small general store in the village and 1 hotel with a restaurant. I was running a guesthouse here in this region but have discontinued this due to disputes with the landlord. Despite one of the reviews listed here I won a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor in 2015 and got rave reviews at that property for my dinners. I am now able to focus on providing that service here at Rotoiti Retreat. If you a looking for a place to call home please don't hesitate to contact me.
No smoking and no guns allowed on the property. Property not suitable for young children. Please note that 2 cats live on the property with me.
I have never left a review about an Airbnb experience that was less than positive. Unfortunately that string is about to end. Jennifer contacted us three days before our scheduled arrival telling us that she had been so busy running her other property that the one we had contracted for, Rotoiti Retreat, was neglected and she wanted us to stay at the other property. When we got to the other property we found it to be a rather rundown group of cottages attached to an old inn. The whole experience felt a bit like a bait-and-switch. Both the original location and the one we stayed at, Nostalgia in the Nelson Lakes, listed an Internet connection in their amenities on Airbnb. Nostalgia in Nelson Lakes had none, and she told us that there really wouldn't have been one at the original booking because she was on satellite with a very small download limit. I cannot recommend that anyone trust Jennifer's listings or her good faith in delivering what she has posted. The one positive was that Nostalgia in the Nelson Lakes was indeed a beautiful location.
Jennifer has a room on her home and an historic property. We chose to stay in the latter for one night and head to our next destination. Jennifer is pleasant, flexible and accommodating.
About the Host, Jennifer
I love to socialise and get to know people. Though I love to have fun and feel that life is one big adventure I may surprise you with some serious questions as I get to know you. I have travelled all over the world, initially as a backpacker, then decided that I wanted to be paid to travel. I found work in Europe as a tour director for a Dutch company and later for American tour companies. My favorite continent is Africa however I'd also love to spend some more time in South America too. I have now started a tour company here focusing on private guests looking to go off the beaten track and have unique experiences. I love to cook, host dinner parties and show my friends and visitors this beautiful region.
The name is TopHouse Historic Guesthouse, Cafe Bar but Google has not changed the listing name. This is my other listing. It has NZs smallest Pub fabulous mountain view chalets. Meals available.Tophouse Rd Tasman 7072