There aren't many lodging options in the tiny town of Murchison, which is how we ended up at Riversong Cottages.
We spent three nights in Tui, one of two self-contained cottages located behind the home of owner Jenny - $150 per night.
Our unit was clean, spacious and well equipped, but it was mighty cold the first night, thanks to a rather lethargic heat pump in the lounge and us arriving on one of the coldest days of the year.
It took several hours, but once the place warmed up, we settled in nicely and were quite comfortable for the duration of our stay.
There was a portable heater which worked nicely in the bathroom and electric blankets on the bed, which were a godsend the first night.
The cottage is surrounded by gardens and has a patio, but given the weather and time of year, we weren't able to utlize either. We did use the WIFI, which was a bit hit and miss. It only worked in the twin bedroom, where we had to prop the laptop on top of a suitcase on a bed, open the drapes and point it towards the owner's patio. But it was free, so no drama.
A more powerful heater and a reading lamp in the lounge would have been much appreciated, but otherwise, we quite enjoyed our stay.
And of course I fell in love with Felix the cat, who popped over for a pat several times during our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- RiverSong Cottage offers 2 x fully self-contained Cottages and 1 x Studio, affordable accommodation within two minutes walk of Murchison’s local cafes, shops, and Buller River. Listen to river and songs of native birds from your own private deck nestled amongst beautiful gardens. Lie in a hammock or relax with an evening BBQ. NOTE: Only Cottages have full kitchens, the Studio has a microwave, fridge, and tea & coffee making facilities. ... more less
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