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Kokopu Estate
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san diego
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22 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“lovely.....”
Reviewed 11 January 2012

This was a really lovely place to spend 2 calm and romantic days around Christmas. The whole premises, house and grounds are really lovely, with lovely views of the surrounding hills. The house is wonderful with gorgeous wood floors and ceiling and rich, warm textured decorations. The bed and bedroom were so comfortable.

We whiled the day away sitting on the outside patio, drinking wine amidst the blooming garden with summer all around. The owners, Wendy and Mark, made us feel so welcome at their place during Christmas and Wendys Sherry Trifle (with gooseberries) was delicious! I'm sorry that we had to leave so soon.

Attention burgeoning artists! It would be a perfect place to write, navel gaze and maybe even to catch up on lagging paperwork, whatever! This place is perfect for those who want to get away from it all, to relax and enjoy the silence on your own or with your loved ones! Of course, the nearby village of Akaroa provides some great activities (swim with dolphins) and restaurants.

We'd love to go back!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Wichita, Kansas
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Reviewed 26 December 2011

We stayed in the Kokopu Cottage for our first two nights in New Zealand. It was an excellent place to relax and acclimate after our long flight from the U.S. We felt totally isolated from the world. We loved the beautiful trees, the wild calla lilies, the outside table and chairs, the birds singing in the mornings, our own little stream with footbridge to the outdoor bath tub, and the evening visits from Fergus the dog. We felt very much at home in paradise. The cottage was self-contained with a very comfortable bedroom, sitting room, kitchenette, bathroom w/shower, and another sleeping room or sitting room with french doors opening out on the deck. The owners house is way up the hill and out of sight. Mark, Wendy, and Fergus were very friendly to visit with and the perfect hosts. Wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 October 2011

Absolutely beautiful little cottage with just so many surprises around every corner. We loved it...especially the outdoor bath! Very private and the owners were very nice.

  • Stayed October 2011
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Burford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 October 2011

Second time we have stayed in Mark & Wendy's beautiful cottage and in opposite seasons. We just love our second home, so peaceful with a log fire and a warm cosiness it's great in Winter/Spring, and with a beautiful garden and the babbling brook, spending time outside in summer is super...Not forgetting the bath..... Akaroa is beautiful, we love the arty shops, the french cafe, and the Vangionis restaurant is a must try, and the people are so friendly. Looking forward to our next visit already....

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Timbuktu
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Reviewed 13 October 2010

This is a cool place to stay. It's a beautiful house, and a charming cottage. While Mark and Wendy are friendly and caring hosts they also afford you privacy. The house and the cottage are both quiet and we slept really well. The setting is just spectacular... hillside drops away to a view of the bay, a wee stream, native bush.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
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Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed 10 October 2010

We stayed at the Gatekeepers Cottage for 2 nights, to celebrate my partners birthday.
The surrounding gardens are a dream and the private courtyard with pond by the cottage door is a pleasure to spend time in. Lovely clean interior and very comfortable bed with luxury linens. A good selection of tea and coffee. Everything you need for a quiet romantic weekend away. We really loved staying here and an added bonus was Fergus the dog who greeted us everytime we drove up and the gorgeous lambs down the drive that did'nt mind being petted. Wendy and Mark have made a lovely home and property that they share with lucky travellers. Magic!

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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GC
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Reviewed 1 October 2010

This was exactly what you dream a cottage should be, absoultely quaint, picture perfect, cozy...highlight of our trip! The outside bath in the forest was so special too! THANK YOU THANK YOU for making our honey moon wonderful!

Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Kokopu Estate
Address: 155 Grehan Valley Road, Akaroa 8161, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Akaroa
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 24 Speciality Lodging in Akaroa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kokopu Estate Cottages - Kokopu Cottage is idyllically situated beside a stream with gorgeous garden and native trees. Two bedrooms, full kitchen and bathroom with washing machine.Open fire in the living room. Secluded outdoor wood-fired bath beside the stream. DVD player, games and books. No WiFi - this is country living at it's best. The Gatekeepers Cottage is a luxurious romantic retreat with ensuite bathroom and private courtyard. Stunning location. Self catering or delicious cooked breakfast bought to you. WiFi available The Potager Suite is a bed and breakfast room within the main house with a private adjacent bathroom. Single room also available. Lounge with open fire available for guests use. ... more   less 
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