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The Last Straw Cottage
Hitchin
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18 reviews
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“Perfect getaway (really!)”
Reviewed 12 February 2009

We (family of 4) stayed here over Christmas in 2008 and it really is hard to fault.

Minor issues out of the way 1) bath/shower/toilet is downstairs so if you are older you might have to go up/down in the night as the beds are upstairs. 2) some might find it a little drive from Richmond / Nelson. Apart from these I can think of no reason why anyone would not want to stay if they are looking for beautiful, quiet, quality accomodation in the Nelson region.

Major plusses are the beauty and ambience of the house which is very pleasing to the eye both in and out along with the quiet garden with no neighbours or roads nearby. The house is also bigger than it appears in the photos; the outdoors is major plus with a small brook, lawn, outside dining, and lots of play areas and toys for children. The quality of the furnishings is high and the owners are very welcoming, friendly and helpful. The owners also threw in a free horse riding session and visit to a local farm for the kids. Everything worked and it was all kept to very high standard.

Rabbit Island, Aniseed Valley, Richmond are all close and Nelson, Mapua, Ruby Bay and Kaiteriteri not much further.

Owervall one of the best places I have stayed in worldwide. I unreservedly recommend it.

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 20 September 2008

I write this with some concern. If I tell everyone how wonderful this cottage is, you will book it at a time I want to stay there. Oh well here it goes. Stay here.

The beauty of both the house and the surroundings are amazing. We stayed for 4 nights in the early July and loved it. The house is very up to date, clean and cozy/comfortable. The beautiful wood throughout the house really makes it unique. The straw construction in the thick walls keeps it warm, unlike many other NZ accommodations, even on the frosty mornings of winter.

The host was wonderful and gave us the right amount of help, information, and privacy. Take a look at a few pictures and you will get an idea of why this is a wonderful place.

  • Stayed July 2008
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Paget Parish, Bermuda
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Reviewed 1 March 2005

We stayed in Last Straw cottage in late Nov 2004 and it was the highlight of our 6 week trip through Asia and New Zealand. After being in so many hotels and cities the last straw cottage was a unique haven of tranquility.
The surrounding countryside is beautiful and the cottage is great for a romantic retreat but is also big enough to cater for family groups. Jon and Lynne provide lots of little welcoming treats eg home made muffins, chocolate fudge etc. They also provide a breakfast hamper which includes home made bread, bacon, smoked salmon etc.

We left behind by accident some bottles of New Zealand wine that we had collected on our wine tours around New Zealand and Lynne organised for them to be sent back to us in the UK. We really appreciated this great service and level of thought.

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Property: The Last Straw Cottage
Address: Mt Heslington Road, Brightwater, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Brightwater
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Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Brightwater
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Number of rooms: 4
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