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Okay but would not return

3.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 Nov 2020
It was okay.

The good:
Stephen the owner at the office was friendly and helpful, had several suggestions on good places to go and see. The property is off a side street with easy access to town by walking over the bridge. Lake is beautiful.

The not so good:
The place itself seemed makeshift. If you are willing to “make do” and take things “as is” it could work for you.

We stayed in the East Wing cottage. The decor and items in rooms did not go together. It seemed to be a random assortment of things. The beds and pillows were somewhat comfortable but the sheets were stiff and had a cardboard feel. Soft mattresses, older comforters.

It seemed to have been awhile since anyone did upkeep of the unit. Things were broken and impractical. The fridge temperature dial was broken so no way to adjust temperature and the yogurt we had froze. With windows open doors do not stay open or closed properly. The doors would slam shut by wind. The lights were so BRIGHT, and there was only one light per room and it lit up the place like a movie set. No other choices except two small nightstand lights. There is a note about moths and to turn off lights with windows open. Less bright lights may help to not attract the moths. Neighbors are right next door and walk by the path at your window, so less privacy. There are flood lights outside windows that are motion sensitive and light comes into the bedrooms even with curtains closed. The deck had a broken floor board which seems dangerous. The bedroom door hinge was broken so opening and closing the door leads to a loud clunk every time.
The water pressure is super forceful in the shower and sink, leading to spraying all over the sink and floor area. Just 2 plastic hangers for clothes, and one was cracked and broken. No hooks in bathroom.. There was a pile of tools and items outside back door. Lack of outlets so there are extension cords you can move around for the lights.

Would not mind if a place is basic, and yes this place is. However, it seemed run down and funky, as if no one had been through to keep things fresh, organized or working properly. If it is your own house and you do not upkeep the place then it is your own choice and you who are living there. When it is a place you are renting to guests, I would expect more. We made do but would not stay here again.
Date of stay: March 2020
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Reviewed 8 November 2020 via mobile

This is a hidden gem in Lake Tekapo. We had a private cottage with good kitchenette for 2 nights. Quiet outlook. Nice deck for sitting under cover. Close to town. Good to do a bit of own cooking as Lake Tekapo expensive for drinks and meals. Great staff. Clean would highly recommend.

Date of stay: November 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 June 2020

Me and my husband stayed at Honeymoon Cottage for 1 night on our anniversary. Lovely cottage in retro style making it feel homely, conveniently located with beautiful view over the mountains and pine trees. Kitchenette had everything we needed. The bed was very comfortable, and the suite was warm and clean. Friendly owner.

Date of stay: June 2020
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Reviewed 22 March 2020 via mobile

My husband (30) & (I) enjoyed our stay.

We were in the honeymoon suite which had a wonderful view of the mountains from the balcony. We enjoyed our breakfast out on the balcony. The suite had a separate kitchen/living room to the bedroom and bathroom. It was a large suite, well looked after, clean and comfortable. Check in & parking was easy.

We would recommend and would stay again.

Date of stay: March 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 March 2020 via mobile

We stayed in the East Suite, which is located upstairs - with a nice big balcony with tables & chairs for taking your dinner.

Only thing is because it is located upstairs, we had to struggle with lugging 4 big heavy luggages & other bags up the stairs & down, when leaving.

It's quite an old cottage but well maintained. Comes with modern kitchen & toilet. Rooms & hall were fine as well.

Place generally is quite clean & modern. Best part is it comes with a big aircon in the hall ( none in rooms) which helps circulate ventilation to the rooms.

This helps tremendously as we had to close all the windows at night because of huge number of moths, flies & insects trying to get in at night.

It's the same problem in other similar places that we stayed in NZ - most don't have aircon & it was very stuffy & warm to sleep with all windows closed.

This place is just a minute drive out to the Good Shepherd Church & the beautiful Lake.

Date of stay: February 2020
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 January 2020

Owners had moved us from what we had booked ! So, had no full kitchen & no laundry. On arrival, told we were in the "Honeymoon Cottage"! Well, so outdated. Advert says modern furnishings, wrong. Had blown light in kitchenette, blinds not long enough to cover bathroom window, Need blockout curtains, not old thin ones. Smelly old wooden wardrobe with someones old slippers left inside. Dangerous broken exposed wiring on bedside lamp. Good luck trying to get a Warm Shower...its either Hot or Cold. This is over-priced accommodation. One plus was after speaking to owner & informing him of our unhappy situation, he refunded us $281.00 for one night of our 2 nite stay.

Date of stay: December 2019
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