We recently stayed in the Maison cottage as a couple. This is best described as a tasteful but modestly redecorated old cabin, so mod cons are a little limited and the price reflects this. The website description is a lttle misleading. We used a voucher which made our 2 nights very inexpensive. The setting is very peaceful, particularly if one avoids the weddings held most weekends in the lodge part of the facilities. Outlook is of English trees and native bush ( the lodge has sea views). The cabin is a studio configuration ( all the cabins are configured slightly differently) and has a small kitchenette, tiny bathroom , dining table and 2 wooden chairs and king bed. There is no sofa or armchair inside, no TV or phone, and the cabin was not serviced. Cabin B is larger and does have 2 sofas and a larger and sunnier deck.
Take a deck chair and some fly spray. The manager provided a BBQ at our request. Staying here needs someone to be very fit or have a car as it is situated up in the valley behind the township.
More up market, but more expensive cottages in the area are the Akaroa cottages just off the main road prior to Akaroa.
While we were in Akaroa, we enjoyed Bully Hayes for drinks and coffee, and had excellent coffee and food ( albeit grump service) at The Stables. The Black Cat dolphin tour was outstanding.
Suggestion to owners-realign website to match expectations, provide some milk, shampoo and fly spray, and consider a comfortable chair or two in this cabin.
Overall, however a very very peaceful and pretty spot, close enough to the township for eating and shopping but avoiding the hustle of the cruise ships. The decor and fit out are around 3.5 stars and the modest price, particularly if using a voucher, reflects this.
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