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Reviewed 24 March 2015

What a great little spot! I will come here again and again, and wouldnt bother staying directly in town.
The views are breathtaking as you sit above the river looking directly at the glacier mountain surrounded by pony paddocks.
We were upgraded to a larger cottage right next to the little ponies which my 12 month old son loved.
The cottages are very clean and warm with great kitchenette facilities.
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Stayed: March 2015, travelled with family
Thank Dazzy S
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Reviewed 18 January 2015

We stayed here for one night and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The view from outside the room was great. Very relaxing and not far from the township of Franz Josef (about 2Km). Everything we needed for our stay was there. We especially enjoyed the river in front of the cottage (about 100M away). My daughter and I enjoyed the walk there and photo opportunities. We stayed in Unit 1 which was quite new and well looked after. Well priced and would recommend.

Room Tip: We stayed in Unit 1, which was in a very good condition with great views.
  • Stayed: January 2015, travelled with family
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Thank Theodore Z
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Reviewed 5 November 2014

Arrived to a note at reception saying key was in our cabin door. Cabin itself had breathtaking views that were only complimented by the gentle gurgling of the creek just nearby. Condition of the cabin was wonderful, spacious, comfortable, clean and warm. The two minutes it took to drive in to town was not an issue, and easily had a better view then many of the other hotels we saw. Only strange thing was that we went looking for the staff again later that evening, as well as the following morning; and saw hide nor hair of them. Didn't really matter, our stay was really lovely and the view was better then we could have dreamed.

  • Stayed: November 2014
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

We stayed in a cottage over Easter, during the terrible storm, and were lucky enough to arrive on the day the power got restored, after there being no power for 4 days. We didn't actually interact with any staff during our whole stay (there was a note in the window of the reception when we arrived, telling us which room to go to and that power was expected to be restored that day) but that was fine. The views from the cottage were nice - looking out over a river, towards the mountains where the glacier is, although we couldn't actually see the glacier from our room. The room had a full kitchen, lounge seating & tv, a double bed in the alcove off the lounge and another double bed in a separate bedroom - so plenty of space to spread out. The bathroom had a decent shower but could benefit from an extractor fan being installed, as it got incredibly steamy. The room was cleany and tidy and suited our needs. The only two things I could fault it on was the distance from Franz Josef village (it was much further than we had expected, about a 6-7 minute drive) and the bed we slept on in the separate bedroom had terrible roll-together - perhaps the bed in the lounge would have been better.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

The cottages are beautiful, well maintained, with absolutely outstanding views to the mountains/glaciers. I agree with other comments that some of the metal along the river bed is unpleasant but the views truly outweigh this a-plenty!

Additionally, we were in the unfortunate position of attempting to leave Franz Josef as TC Ita affected Northern Island and North/West of the South Island. If the cottages weren't welcoming enough, the owners also went out of their way to assist us with advice and access to local information and knowledge. Had it not been for their welcoming nature and kindness, we would have missed our flight home the following morning.

Yes, the cottages are gorgeous and the location lovely. But the hospitality and willingness to help demonstrated true dedication to travelers!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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