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Kokopu Estate
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Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“What a place!”
Reviewed 8 October 2013 via mobile

This is a great place to stay in akaroa and experience a little French in a incredible setting - we enjoyed our cottage the breakfast & visits from ferguson - thank you mark & Wendy for your hospitality & sharing a little of what you have created - Glenn & Donna

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Fairlie, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

We loved the Gatekeepers Cottage, and the way Wendy and Mark have decorated and fitted it out. Modern, but with rustic touches, and lots of wood - like the exposed beams and rough sawn wooden ceiling. Whilst the cottage is actually an upstairs studio loft (with small lounge/reception area downstairs), it had everything we could possibly want for a secluded romantic weekend for two. Just perfect!

Being 1.5 kms out of the Akaroa township, it had that real country farm feel, with open paddocks, lots of native bush and the bird life was abundant. It was a real pleasure to wake to the dawn chorus of the many native birds. The King size bed was super comfy too....those cotton sheets were so soft and luxurious!!

Wendy and Mark were the perfect hosts....very friendly and welcoming, yet not intrusive - so you hardly know that the "cottage" is attached to the main house. We will definitely be back to stay again when we next need to escape to paradise!

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed 30 April 2013

There could not have been a better start to our holiday in New Zealand then to stay the first 3 nights in the Gatekeeper’s Cottage. It was simply perfect. Thanks so much to our hosts Wendy and Mark for everything. They were so kind to us and we loved talking to them. We liked the silence of nature, the stars at night, waking up with the sunlight, walking over the hills around the house, sitting in the yard on a sunny day and enjoying the peaceful area. The two rooms are spacious (one downstairs, one upstairs) with many nice details. The bed was very comfortable. We used the kitchenette only for the breakfast. It is only a short drive to Akaroa. We recommend Vangionis Trattoria and Bar, the restaurant of the son. The pizza is really special there. We highly recommend this accommodation and the restaurant too.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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acton
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3 reviews
Reviewed 25 April 2013

We stayed two nights with Mark and Wendy in their Gatekeeper's Cottage in early March 2013. The owners raise sheep, bottle their own red and white wine (excellent by the way and for sale on occasion,) have a spring that supplies their water, and grow vegetables for their own use and the family's restaurant in town. The cottage was very charming, done in french antique with a number of interesting pieces. Wendy and Mark were grilling venison from a hunt, and shared a taste of their wine. We couldn't have asked for better hosts and a more charming place.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Singapore
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Reviewed 22 March 2013

The cottage was very nicely furnish and has a private seating area and a garden outside! One thing to take note is that it is about 1.5km from the main road and the last half of the journey is on a gravel road. We initially thought that we have gone the wrong direction.. So when you see the gravel path, you will soon see Kokopu estate on the right :) Very quiet and peaceful location for relaxation.. Nice views of the mountains at the back of gatekeeper's cottage too.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Florida
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

We stayed here based on recommendations from Trip Advisor and loved it. It was perfect for what we were looking for and was very authentic, very clean and charming. We stayed in the Innkeeper's Cottage and found it very comfortable. We walked up to the onsite vineyard and and also to see the sheep. Very peaceful and relaxing and the innkeepers were very hospitable and helpful. Totally different than staying in a hotel and felt more like staying in a country house. Akaroa is very charming and scenic, as is the surrounding countryside and worth a visit. Mark and Wendy were very nice and we felt like we were staying someplace special.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Waimate, New Zealand
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Reviewed 12 March 2013

This was the second time we stayed at Kokopu cottage. It is a little paradise. I love the stained glass window in master bedroom and we love the outdoor tub. We would definitely stay again. It is a lovely setting with the running creek and great garden with a little bridge to cross. Birds singing, the creek bubbling and wind whispering, it is a great spot.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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 #3 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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