Fantail Lodge
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Fantail Lodge

682 Portobello Road Broad Bay, Dunedin 9014 New Zealand
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Bellbird Cottage - deck and garden
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Fantail Lodge - Lounge/Bedroom
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
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At Fantail Lodge we offer a choice of two cottages. FANTAIL COTTAGE is an open-plan design, offering queen-bed accommodation with two extra single beds on a mezzanine floor. Ideal for a couple or family group. BELLBIRD COTTAGE offers queen-bed accommodation with the additional luxury of an outdoor spa pool for your personal enjoyment. A very special place for a couple to relax and unwind. Relax on your verandah, surrounded by our lush harbourside garden and enjoy the company of native birds. We are adjacent to a small sandy beach and offer guests free use of our kayaks. It is a short drive to all the attractions of the Otago Peninsula: Larnach Castle, Yellow-Eyed Penguin Reserve, Royal Albatross Colony, Sea Lions, Fur Seals and wild ocean beaches. Both cottages have self-catering facilities. A continental breakfast hamper can be provided if desired.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
Breakfast available
Beach
Canoeing
Books, DVDs, music for children
Highchairs available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Hiking
Canoeing offsite
Board games / puzzles
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
Room features
Air conditioning
Dining area
Fireplace
Private balcony
Kitchenette
Flatscreen TV
Electric blanket
Walk-in shower
Seating area
Sofa
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Microwave
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
Hidden Gem
Languages Spoken
English
41Reviews1Q+A7Room tips

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Shirley wrote a review Sept 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in Bellbird cottage during our Dunedin stop over of our NZ tour and loved the place - very romantic, quiet and relaxed.
The cottage is very clean and a good size for a comfortable stay. The fully equiped kitchen was very useful for meals in.
The hot tub outside was a real treat and the hosts, Tessa and Vic were very welcoming and helpful with tips for local attractions and things to do
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Bellbird cottage is for 2 people and has an outdoor hot tub.Fantail cottage is a bit bigger and...
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Response from Tessa Mills, Owner at Fantail Lodge
Responded 17 Sept 2020
Thank you for your review and nice words. We hope to welcome you back in the future.
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LucieAnn805 wrote a review Dec 2021
Pleasant Point, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Thank you Vic and Tessa, this is such a warm, clean and welcoming cottage, such a delight to stay.

We enjoyed chatting to Vic about the wildlife and particularly loved the chance to see the sealions .

Great food and excellent service locally at the Portobello Hotel.

This will be a hard place to leave but thank you for the awesome memories!

If you are looking for high quality, comfortable, self contained accommodation - we highly recommend a stay Fantail Cottage.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Tessa Mills, Owner at Fantail Lodge
Responded 2 Jan 2022
Thank you for your kind words, Lucie and Kirk. It was a pleasure to meet you and we hope you will visit us again one day.
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Tanderra wrote a review Jan 2024
Adelaide, South Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We’re a couple in our seventies and I in particular do have restricted mobility. Our hosts Tessa and Vic greeted us warmly and introduced us to the cottage and gardens. They helped us move in. The cottage is beautiful and we had everything we could ask for. The bed was comfy, the wi-fi worked well, the kitchen was very well set-up, the bathroom has a simple walk-in shower. I will note that the path from the carpark up to the cottage is a little steep but it didn’t bother us. There’s a great view of the harbour and the cottage is well situated in regard to local attractions such as Larnach Castle, the Albatross Centre, the penguin tours and Glenfalloch Gardens. The lunches at Larnach and Glenfalloch were fabulous. We did the albatross cruise and even though we only saw one albatross it’s a great experience. The penguin tour was outstanding despite the steep track and we saw any number of penguins including a chick. One day on Tessa's advice we drove to St Clair beach which is quite awesome and has lots of cafes. We also drove into Dunedin and visited the Otago Settlers Museum, which I think is one of the best museums I’ve seen after nearly three decades of overseas travel. So I can highly recommend this cottage on the beautiful Otago Peninsula.
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Date of stay: January 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Tessa Mills, Owner at Fantail Lodge
Responded 29 Jan 2024
Thank you for the lovely review and for taking the time to describe the attractions of the Otago Peninsula. It was very nice to meet you. Thank you for choosing to stay at Fantail Lodge.
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Sarah wrote a review Feb 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fantail cottage is set in stunning gardens in the owners property. We awoke to bird song and had natural vistas out all windows. The cottage itself is perfectly equipped for a short stay and absolutely spotless. It is very apparent that Tessa and Vic have put many years of love and work into maintaining such a cared for, comfortable delightful accommodation experience. Would definitely stay again and recommend to others. Warmest wishes Sarah, Lincoln and Harrison
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Date of stay: February 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Tessa Mills, Owner at Fantail Lodge
Responded 22 Feb 2022
Wow! Thank you for your kind words. We enjoyed meeting you and do hope you visit us again in future.
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Sydney A wrote a review Apr 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Very welcoming host ! Lovely destination an very tidy an clean. Definitely recommend to others an would to go back again 😊 the albatross centre is only a short drive away an a beautiful scenic. The spa was the best to relax in specially at night time an privacy is well
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Tessa Mills, Owner at Fantail Lodge
Responded 13 Apr 2023
Thank you so much for your review. We hope to see you back here again one day :-)
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Kate wrote a review Feb 2022
Wellington, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Tessa and Vic are superb hosts. Our cottage was delightful - spotlessly clean, very comfortable, with lots of little touches including books, DVDs and homemade biscuits. Having stayed in B&Bs around the world, this was absolutely one of the best.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Hosts very helpful. Parking is easy and our car was safe. Our cottage was private, charming, very...
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Response from Tessa Mills, Owner at Fantail Lodge
Responded 22 Feb 2022
Many thanks for the lovely review :-)
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Wander37888115405 wrote a review Apr 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a wonderful stay at The Fantail Lodge. It was a perfect location for visiting the Albatross Center. and The Penguin Place. The cottage had everything we needed, a beautiful garden, birds in the trees, a well-appointed kitchen and lovely hosts! We only wished we could have booked a longer stay!
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Date of stay: February 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Stay longer than 2 nights!
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Response from Tessa Mills, Owner at Fantail Lodge
Responded 30 Apr 2023
We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. We hope you come again ... for longer next time!
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han888 wrote a review Apr 2013
Bristol, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My boyfriend and I stayed in Bellbird cottage for three nights and did not want to leave! The cottage itself is beautifully decorated, warm and comfortable, and has a luxurious private spa which was perfect for relaxing in after a long day exploring. It is set in a beautiful garden belonging to the owners, Tessa and Vic who were extremely friendly and informative about the local area. We cannot recommend it highly enough and definitely hope to return in the future!
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Date of stay: April 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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LRT wrote a review Nov 2018
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the cottage for three nights and it was just wonderful. The cottage has good beds, a nice bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen. Moreover, there is a lovely garden that you can use when the weather lets you. The wonderful hosts Vic and Tessa provided a baby cot and many baby toys for our daughter, which made our stay even better.
It is a kid-friendly house to stay at!
The fireplace did not work unfortunately, but there's a good heater that heats up the place in very quickly. We'd definitely go back.
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Date of stay: November 2018
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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martin wrote a review Sept 2018
Goole, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
we stayed at fantail lodge as a family for an extended period... it was a fantastic experience. Great accommodation, amazing views and splendid hosts... an experience we will never forget and Vic & Tessa are truly wonderful people.
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Bernd L asked a question Aug 2015
Karlsruhe, Germany427 contributions224 helpful votes
Ich wüsste gern die Preise für ein DZ ohne/ mit Frühstück. Danke
Wander37888115405 wrote a tip Apr 2023
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay longer than 2 nights!"
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Kate wrote a tip Feb 2022
Wellington, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Hosts very helpful. Parking is easy and our car was safe. Our cottage was private, charming, very clean and well appointed. Great location."
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Janene M wrote a tip Oct 2021
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Comfort and serenity all in one"
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Shirley wrote a tip Sept 2020
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bellbird cottage is for 2 people and has an outdoor hot tub.Fantail cottage is a bit bigger and sleeps up to 4 people (1 double, 2 singles)"
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Ros B wrote a tip May 2016
Goulburn, Australia32 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cottage with bedroom downstairs and mezzanine floor upstairs with single beds"
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LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandOtago RegionDunedin
NUMBER OF ROOMS
2
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fantail Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Fantail Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Signal Hill (3.8 miles), Larnach Castle & Gardens (1.0 miles), and Baldwin Street: The Steepest Street in the World (4.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Fantail Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and a hot tub.
Which room amenities are available at Fantail Lodge?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Fantail Lodge?
Guests can enjoy breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Fantail Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Fantail Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Carey's Bay Historic Hotel, Glenfalloch Gardens Cafe and Restaurant, and 1908 Restaurant.
Are any cleaning services offered at Fantail Lodge?
Yes, self serve laundry and a washing machine are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Fantail Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Iona Church (2.3 miles), Northern Cemetery (4.8 miles), and Lime Kilns (1.8 miles).
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