Affordable Cottage, The Doctor's Retreat

31 Pioneer Drive , Lake Tekapo, Tekapo
Max Guests

About this Holiday House

A uniquely styled pioneer cottage with a rustic appearance of largely natural timber construction. Set in mature park-like grounds on the bank of the Scott Canal, Lake Tekapo the cottage captures all day sun, yet is very sheltered. The Doctor's Retreat is situated in an amazing location 150m from the Church of the Good Shepherd, lake front, and close to the village. It is fully self-contained and sleeps four people. One queen bedroom with ensuite, and a twin room with separate bathroom.The bathrooms have under-tile heating. It comes complete with a cosy log burner, and electric heating for those chilly but beautiful winter days. There is a clothes dryer in the outside shed and a carport. The house is double glazed throughout. Free high-speed wifi, and SkyTV. Chromecast is also available. The property is strictly no smoking, internally and externally. Tekapo can, at times, be a high fire risk and our house is wooden. Thank you for respecting this. Children aged 12 and over are welcome. Note, ** all bookings require a 20% non-refundable deposit of the total booking value **

Details and amenities

Kids: please enquire
No pets
Linen provided
No smoking
No disabled access
Sky TV
Heating & cooling
Electric blankets
Fire place
Washing Machine
Off Street Parking
Tea, coffee, sugar etc
Cellphone coverage
Cleaning equipment
Cleaning supplies
Clothes line
Drying room
Electric heat
Ensuite Bathroom
Extra Toilet
Fire wood supplied
Internet available
Laundry Tub
Oil heaters
Outdoor furniture
Under floor heating
Wood stove

Bed layout

1 Queen(s), 2 Single(s)

Special Amenities

The cottage is warm and cosy and it is a delightful retreat at any time of the year. It is well appointed and enjoys all day sun in park like surroundings. The verandahs around the cottage are a nice spot to sit and enjoy that glass of wine while taking in the views and relaxing. The section does not have fenced boundaries which gives the feeling of a non-restrictive setting for you to enjoy. It is not suitable for young children.

Special Attractions and Activities Nearby

Skiing, hunting, fishing, bike hire, Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail, walking, spa/hot pools, four wheel drive tours, horse trekking, helicopter flights, air safari flight, and more, in the great outdoors! The Doctor's Retreat is 150m from The Church of the Good Shepherd and 450m to the Tekapo village. The summer season offers kayak hire, horse trekking, walking and mountain biking trails including the "Alps2Ocean" which you can link onto at Twizel. There are two local golf courses. The winter season offers ice-skating, tubing, hot pools and the Round Hill ski field. Lake Tekapo, with its stunning scenery combined with astro-tourism, the Mt John Observatory has become a ‘must do'. The Mackenzie Basin is a UNESCO dark sky reserve.


Average Rating: 5
5 total reviews

We loved our stay in your gorgeous house. We had everything we needed and much more with your generous extras in the fridge, cupboards and fruit bowl. We were hoping you could turn on some snow but out of your control on this one. Many thanks for a great few days.
Response from Owner
Glad you enjoyed your stay. And yes, a pity about the snow, perhaps next time. Best regards, Annie and Chris
This was our second stay in this lovely cottage in a very good position for accessing the centre of Tekapo and famous church, yet feeling very peaceful. The cottage is warm, clean, well equipped and also has a thoughtful selection of fresh food etc waiting on arrival.
Paul Anderson
A great place to stay, walking distance to eveywhere, warm and comfortable. So good to have snacks and drinks as complimentary! Highly recommend Doctor's Retreat.
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Date rangeRatesMinimum stay
All year$320 / Night for 2 guests2 Nights
All year$380 / Night for 3 guests2 Nights
All year$440 / Night for 4 guests2 Nights
All year
$320 / Night for 2 guests
Min. stay: 2 Nights
All year
$380 / Night for 3 guests
Min. stay: 2 Nights
All year
$440 / Night for 4 guests
Min. stay: 2 Nights
To provide guests with flexibility around the number of guests per stay we have offered the different prices. There is an extra charge of $50.00 if the house is left in such a way that any additional cleaning takes extended time. Booking terms:
All cancellations incur a minimum 20% charge*.
Bookings cancelled within 7 days of the booked dates are subject to a 100% charge*.
Bookings cancelled outside 7 days of the booked dates are subject to the 20% non-refundable deposit*.
(* of total booking value.)
Conditions of use:
In high season and public holidays bookings may be subject to restricted to the number of nights and guests.




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