The Last Straw Cottage
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The Last Straw Cottage

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Charming
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Outdoor dining area
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Airport transportation
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Wifi
Patio
Car hire
Outdoor furniture
Laundry service
Washing machine
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Bathrobes
Desk
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Fireplace
Kitchenette
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Electric blanket
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Safe
Seating area
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Refrigerator
Stovetop
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Radio
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Mountain view
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James M wrote a review Jul 2012
Auckland, New Zealand420 contributions136 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the last straw cottage for a week last winter. It was a fabulous place with pleanty of breakfast provisions with 3 bedrooms (2 queens), a large kitchen, very comfortable loungeroom with TV, DVD, CD player etc, bathroom and laudry together with plenty of breakfast provisions (milk, juice, cereal, fresh eggs and muffins) provided by the loviliest of hosts. We watched Pukekos and bunny rabbits frolic on the lawn in the mornings and stocked the fire at night with plenty of firewood provided. We had the whole run of the place and found the bed in the southern bedroom the most comfortable. The house is very nicely appointed to almost 5 star level, and the price is most reasonable considering you have three bedrooms in total. The bedding is changed every few days and if you need more breakfast provisions just ask. From memory they even provide a daily newspaper.There are loads of magazines to read, games to play with and there are some nice horses on the adjacent paddock who are very friendly. If you want a break away from the ratrace this is the place to come. You are only 20 minutes drive or less to Nelson, with Richmond only about 10 minutes drive away.
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Date of stay: August 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: We found the Queen bed in the room on the southern side of the house the most comfortable
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MMJM wrote a review Apr 2012
Northampton, United Kingdom93 contributions80 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have tried to book Last Straw Cottage a number of times over the years but it has always been full so I was thrilled to finally book a 2 night stay here in March. It was all I expected and more. A beautiful property in stunning countryside with everything you could want.

The kitchen is really well stocked, with full breakfast provisions provided as well, including bacon. There is a barbie, a herb garden, a laundry, 3 beatifully decorated and ultra-comfortable bedrooms, TV in the living room and the main bedroom, a claw-foot bath and walk in shower in the bathroom and beautiful gardens to enjoy. The bathroom has big fluffy towels, robes, slippers and lovely New Zealand made shower gel, shampoo etc.

We had visits from Pukeko and saw rabbits in the paddocks next door. Lynn left us blueberry muffins on arrival and popped in the next day with two delicious passionfruit custard slices. There was also a box of chocolates for us. Everything has been thought of here, it is all beautifully and tastefully done and we absolutely loved our two days here. Whilst it is very rural and off the beaten track, you are only a 20 minute drive from Richmond and a little further on to Nelson itself where there are supermarkets and restaurants. However, we loved the cottage so much we ate in both nights so we could enjoy the peaceful, beautiful surroundings. A gem of a place. Fabulous hosts. Can't wait to go back.
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Date of stay: March 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: There are 3 rooms, two doubles and one with two single beds. All beautifully decorated with good...
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JeanneKHermann wrote a review Mar 2012
Portland, Oregon1 contribution4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our family stayed at The Last Straw Cottage in March 2012. We had traveled around NZ for two months and felt so lucky to land at Lynn and Jon's very special cottage for eight nights (was supposed to be 7 but we luckily were able to extend it one day). It was by far our most comfortable stay in all of NZ...from the luxury linens and perfect beds, soaking bathtub, thoughtful local art and design ...it was just perfect. Nothing was pretentious here but we did feel spoiled, with an overwhelming feeling of being taken care of while away from home. We made two day trips with our kids, one to Abel Tasman and one to Golden Bay. Local galleries, cafes, wineries, breweries and just hanging out at the cottage filled our days. We need to come back!!!!! Did we mention the neighbors puppies we got to visit and the visiting horse our girls got to groom with Lynn? That was totally unexpected and genuinely appreciated. Everything was so up-to-date too - easy internet access, spotless inside and out, laundry, BBQ, the list goes on. The Straw Cottage is a gem tucked into the hills of Brightwater. We can't recommend it more highly!
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Date of stay: March 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Diana D wrote a review Dec 2011
Brisbane, Australia6 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The cottage is just perfect, like the ones in the postcards, but with all the modern comfort you may need. It´s the perfect mix between country cottage and a 5 stars hotel.
The welcome is amazing, with home made bread, milk, newspaper... the owner is the best host I ever met.
The quality of the beds, lights, sofas is wonderful, and it´s so clean it looks brand new.
After travelling 5 months in Australia, Polinesia and New Zeland, this is the best house we rented.
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Date of stay: December 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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gordonklan wrote a review Nov 2017
Hervey Bay, Australia38 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a gem! An incredibly built venue with quirky yet very stylish decor. The cottage has been very tastefully decorated and you spend hours looking at the thoughtfully chosen items within. It was sooooooo private and allowed for a very intimate stay. Yet could also suit families. The cottage is situated away from the main house and you feel like you are all alone in heaven. The scenic surrounding farmland allows for just sitting and enjoying or getting out on foot or on the bike. The hosts were lovely warm and welcoming but respected our privacy. There were thoughtful touches from the baked goods on arrival, the St Claire’s wine, the box of chocolates, fresh bread and farm eggs which added to the quality of the visit. Don’t forget the goods in the fridge and pantry. There are shops and restaurants only 5 minutes away, but why would you want to leave the cottage! Definite value for money and we can’t wait to go back again.
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Date of stay: November 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Weiguang53 wrote a review Feb 2017
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This beautiful country house have everything you could need, in peaceful and picture perfect surrounds. All the details inside the home that you can feel the love and care from the host.
We really enjoyed our stay. Thank you very much, Lynne and Jon!!
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Date of stay: January 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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wisca wrote a review Dec 2015
Canberra2 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a lovely, comfortable property, kitted out with everything you could need, in an ideal location, close to everything yet just far enough away to provide the peace and solitude you want on a holiday. When you add in the welcoming hosts you just wont want to leave. We can't rate this property too highly - it contributed significantly to what was a great holiday in the Nelson/Tasman region.
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Date of stay: December 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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twingem wrote a review Dec 2013
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam14 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It was our 2nd time staying at the most wonderful Last Straw Cottage after 9 years!! And to our amazement, there was no sign of age nor wear and tear!! It was as beautiful and lovely as the first time, and so great to see Lynne again!

A beautiful cottage in peaceful and gorgeous surrounds, and all the details inside the holiday home that few hosts would think of providing, were fully appreciated and enjoyed by my family and I.

Thank you very much, Lynne and Jon, for your wonderful and kind hospitality! You can tell we didn't want to leave....!!
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Date of stay: December 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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minstrelbrownsbay wrote a review Oct 2012
Auckland1 contribution3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Situated among beautiful rolling hills we were excited to drive up to this beautiful cottage. The lawns were immaculate and everything well landscaped and lovingly cared for. We arrived at dusk in early October and it was lovely and warm inside. Lynne and Jon knew that one of us had a significant birthday and to our amazement there was a lovely gift and card sitting on the coffee table for our birthday girl! We appreciated that thoughtfulness, and everything in the house looked great and was comfortable.
Louise C
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Date of stay: October 2012Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Natasha S wrote a review Oct 2012
Christchurch, New Zealand2 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our family were fortunate enough to stay at the Last Straw Cottage for 7 nights. We needed a peaceful place away from Christchurch where we live. When we drove up the drive towards the cottage we were overwhelmed with the beauty, serenity and peaceful surroundings. Our daughter immediately fell in love with the horses in the paddocks surrounding the cottage. We continued through to the last gate and arrived at the cottage. We were literally speechless as we approached the cottage it was like something out of a fairy tale story! Having had the opportunity to travel to Europe we had never come across anything like this in our travels. As we entered the cottage we were greeted with the most outstanding vase of roses, fresh muffins and a sense of how on earth were we ever going to be able to leave this place. From the kitchen to the dining and living areas, it simply felt like home. Beautiful decor, immaculately presented and inviting in every way. Upstairs was an extension of homeliness and exquisite taste. Every detail had been taken care of and nothing had been overlooked. There was so much to do, magazines to read, the daily newspaper was dropped off, outdoor games, lazing in the deck chairs. We also had fresh towels supplied which we never used, the owners went far beyond the call of duty to make our stay unforgettable. We can assure anyone who wants to experience pure serenity and exquisite accommodation, that you will not be disappointed staying at the Last Straw Cottage, in fact you will be working on how to get back!! We can not recommend this highly enough.
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Date of stay: October 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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RMKNZ wrote a tip Jan 2017
Auckland, New Zealand24 contributions17 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"It is a cottage so take your pick, they are all lovely."
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haz wrote a tip Dec 2012
London, United Kingdom132 contributions72 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"It will be difficult to drag yourself away from this beautiful place but I recommend a visit to Rabbit Island for a swim and relax on the beach. Abel Tasman national park is also easy to get to."
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Kate W wrote a tip Oct 2012
Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand1 contribution2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms looking over the hill are beautiful and have a TV should you wish to chill in bed in the mornings!"
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Ausfan J wrote a tip Oct 2012
Reefton, New Zealand6 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Fully equipped and stocked laundry also a godsend when travelling with children!"
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James M wrote a tip Jul 2012
Auckland, New Zealand420 contributions136 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We found the Queen bed in the room on the southern side of the house the most comfortable"
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New ZealandSouth IslandNelson-Tasman RegionBrightwater
NUMBER OF ROOMS
4
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Which popular attractions are close to The Last Straw Cottage?
Nearby attractions include Ngarua Caves (5.3 km), Nelson Lakes National Park (5.8 km), and Gardens of the World (3.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Last Straw Cottage?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and airport transportation.
Which room amenities are available at The Last Straw Cottage?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at The Last Straw Cottage?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities and an outdoor dining area during their stay.
Is parking available at The Last Straw Cottage?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Last Straw Cottage?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Villa, The Wakefield Bakery, and Headquarters Cafe & Bar.
Does The Last Straw Cottage have airport transportation?
Yes, The Last Straw Cottage offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Last Straw Cottage?
Yes, laundry service and a washing machine are offered to guests.
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