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Dylans Country Cottages
Reviewed 18 March 2010

We spent 4 nights here in early March 2010 and were delighted. We stayed in Mahoe, which is the smaller of the two cottages. It was cosy rather than spacious, but very nice with exposed wooden beams and comfortable furnishings. The private courtyard, with an outdoor bath, shower, and tables and chairs, was very relaxing. However the real attraction of staying here relates to two factors. Firstly, it was wonderful to be on a lavender farm. The gardens were beautifully maintained, we had lovely views towards the mountains, and our little boy loved the sheep and chickens. Secondly, Jan and Corry are fantastic hosts. They were so welcoming and helped us out whenever they could. There were lavender products in the cottage to use, and each morning they delivered lovely food for breakfast (fresh bread and scones, yoghurt, eggs, etc). The only thing to bear in mind is that the location is about 5km out of town – so you need transport. We looked at a lot of accommodation in the area, both before our holiday and while in Kaikoura, and many of the motels and cottages seemed fairly no-frills. I would be very surprised if there is anywhere better than Dylan's Country Cottages - we would definitely recommend them.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 March 2010

Great setting in a Lavender Farm with a wooden cottage set with spectacular views of the farm and a small vinyard. There was a fresh cut lavender, Kiwi cookies and a basket of fresh fruits to welcome us. The cottage had a spa bathroom with lavender soap, shampoo and bath soap continued the lavender theme. The pine wood cottage was very cosy with the whole cottage surrounded by flowers and fruit trees. There was even fresh lemons for the tea. There was freshly baked bread with fresh free range eggs, their own honey, home made jam and yogurt for breakfast. Altogether a delightful experience with wonderful hosts who were friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 February 2010

This is the place you've got to go if you're looking for a romantic, quiet stay (event with small children). Corey & Jan are the perfect hosts, catering for you as if you were a family member. The cottages are settled in their Lavender farm, a pituresque place to take pictures or just relax. One cottage offers a bath in the garden, Corey provides fresh Lavender water - we felt like in heaven taking a bath out there at night. Corey, your homemade bread was very delightful, we felt very welcome and definitely wanna come back one day... ;-). Back home we think about our trip a lot and we talk about you guys. Take care and please, keep us updated about the further steps you're taking with our future project ;-). See ya... Sandra, Thomas & Nico

Stayed: January 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 February 2010

Stayed at Dylans Country cottages for 2 nights at the beginning of January. The hosts were very welcoming and accomodating. The rooms consist of 2 self contained units and we stayed in the smaller unit. This consisted of a living room with TV, IPOD dock, very small kitchen area and sofa bed. The small toilet/shower room was also on the ground floor. Upstairs was an open plan bedroom. There was also an outside shower and bath in a private garden area. Lavender bath oil was provided by the hosts and I found the bath an ideal way of relaxing after a busy day. The unit was very quaint, clean and felt cosy and welcoming. I travelled in a party of 3 and this smaller unit, even though able to cater for upto 4 people, was fine for a couple of nights but would be impracticle for 3 or 4 people for any longer. It is ideal for a couple and quite romantic. Our hosts made us aware of the small size of the unit before we travelled, so there were no disappointments. I believe the second unit is larger and more practicle for more people. Breakfast consisted of juice, cereals, eggs from the chickens reared by the hosts and fantastic home made muffins and bread. The grounds are beautiful and consist of gardens where lavender is grown and harvested. A very good shop selling a range of lavender products is on site. I travelled around the whole of New Zealand for nearly 3 weeks and Dylans was one of the best places that we stayed. It is definately worth considering if you are staying in the Kaikora area.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 January 2010

Dylans Country Cottages, located within Lavendyl Lavender Farm just out of Kaikoura, exceeded even our high expectations. Surrounded by the scent of lavender and the purposeful humming of bees, staying in a beautifully set-up cottage and with the warmest welcome possible from our hosts Corry and Jan, we had the most relaxing and re-invigorating few days possible. Breakfast is included in the tariff and consisted of a home-baked loaf of bread each day together with freshly laid eggs from the hens living in the orchard, home-made muesli, jams and lavender marmalade (delicious, and I don't even like marmalade usually) as well as milk, butter and juice which were refilled each day - and always something extra, such as muffins still warm from the oven or lavender shortbread - it was simply wonderful and always a treat to check the box outside the back door to see what had been left! You can wander around the fields of lavender at will and the kids enjoyed having the hens and a couple of sheep living close by the cottage. It might be harder with younger children - the stairs in the cottage are fairly steep - but for us it was the perfect few days and we can't recommend it highly enough. Thanks Corry!

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 January 2010

My recent stay at Dylans Cottage/ Lavender Farm was simply the best! Starting with the wonderful Lavender Products I was given to use: hair shampoo, conditioner, handwash, lavender honey and fresh fruit. The private outdoor bath in the evening under the trees - again with lavender products to soak in - was so relaxing after a long drive.

The first morning my taste buds were delighted with the delicious freshly baked bread and newly laid eggs. Second morning there were equally delicious freshly baked scones. The Hosts are really warm and friendly, prepared to explain the workings of the Lavender Farm, and spend time chatting on a range of subjects. Lovely people.

It was a joy to stroll around the Lavender fields at sunset, with the Kaikoura mountains as a backdrop. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants a special B & B experience.... and who wouldn’t?

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 26 December 2009

This is an excellent place to stay right near the city. It's quiet, very pretty and the hosts/owners are great. We wish we could have stayed longer and would definitely stay there again when visiting the area.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank flatball
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Additional Information about Dylans Country Cottages

Address: Postmans Road, RD 1, Kaikoura 8280, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #15 of 36 Speciality Lodging in Kaikoura
Price Range: £115 - £141 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Dylans Country Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 2
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