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About this Holiday House

Our 2 bdrm holiday home with much character is situated 1 km before Purau looking towards Lyttelton, (Diamond Harbour)(Views). Sit on the couch and enjoy our garden and sea views. Good indoor/outdoor flow, a full kitchen with window sliding open to bring the outdoors in, looking onto the patio. The 2nd room, the "Captain's Room" boasts a foldaway off-the-wall upper bunk-bed (Great for the kids), so you really feel like you're sleeping in a ship's cabin. This room also has a Double bed. The Master bedroom has a King Single and Single bed which both convert to a Super King size bed. Has an extra folding bed on site. The house is accessible by car, with off-street parking. Has a cosy log burner. A twelve minute briskwalk takes you to the wharf, beach and cafes, right next to cliff track around water's edge. A regular 7 min ride on ferry takes you to Lyttelton's cafes and nightlife and onto Chch city centre. Is sunny and sheltered from prevailing winds with extra outdoor relaxation areas. At base of the Mount Herbert Walkway.

Details and amenities

Child friendly
Pet: please enquire
Linen: please enquire
No smoking
No disabled access
Heating & cooling
Electric blankets
Fire place
Accessible Bathroom
Washing Machine
Off Street Parking
Tea, coffee, sugar etc
CD player
Cellphone coverage
Cleaning equipment
Cleaning supplies
Clothes line
Fire wood supplied
Laundry Tub
Outdoor furniture
Wood stove

Bed layout

1 Double(s), 1 Super King(s), 1 King single(s), 1 Single(s), 1 Bunk(s), 1 Fold out bed(s)

Special Amenities

Views of lyttelton harbour water, pretty by day, sparkling by night. Peaceful patio set in garden flowing onto lawn.

Special Attractions and Activities Nearby

Twelve minute walk to cafes, ferry and beach. Ten minute drive to half a dozen beaches.(Charteris Bay, Paradise Beach, Church Bay, Blacks Point Beach, Diamond Harbour, Purau, Camp Bay) Close to Cliff-track and Mt Herbert Walkway. Ten Minute drive to Orton BradleyPark and Charteris Bay Golf Course.


Average Rating: 3
3 total reviews

Jason Watson
Good old fashioned bach with comfy beds. Great views out to the harbour. Close vicinity to walking tracks and swimming beaches.
Very relaxing. Enjoyed the lights of Lyttelton whilst sitting outside. Loved the bright starry sky.
Actually, I'd rather go less than 1 star, but, I'm afraid, the rating system doesn't allow it. Booking made from UK for 03.01.17 to 10.01.17 Reasons for booking – wedding celebrations in Diamond Harbour + holiday highlight Actual length of stay – less than one hour + a spoilt holiday Plenty of photographic evidence from my camera https://sites.google.com/view/out-the-window/home We did not expect grand, modern or masses of space - however we did expect clean, neat and tidy. We arrived in the afternoon expecting at least these basic requirements. What we found was sub-standard. The property smelt awful (damp, rotting vegetation, insect/rodent infestation or a combination). Newspaper on the floor greeted you when entered into an overcrowded dingy, dusty, dirty and cobwebbed “living” room. Insects roamed the carpets. The dining room “housed” the electricity board. This required a professional electrician to ensure it complied with Health and Safety regulations (would have been condemned if in UK). There was no outer protection. Bedroom one was very dingy, smelly and dirty. Sheets and bedding appeared used. Bedroom two was of similar appearance but with an additional “put up” bed running across and over the main one. Very cramped, untidy, smelly and dirty. Bathroom was disgusting. The toilet was filthy with a black stained bowl and dried urine over the seating area. To say there was basic bathing facilities is an exaggeration. The whole room was inadequate, dirty, damp and dingy. All the windows were dirty which was a pity as it spoiled the beautiful views. The Kitchen was by far the worst we’ve ever come across, VERY unhygenic, • refrigerator - handle was black and mouldy and had stains all over, black and unacceptably dirty/rusty at the bottom – required replacing • cabinets were dirty with food and other stains – all needed a wipe down • dishwasher was smelly and “full” (didn’t check whether items were clean) • waste bin very dirty and not emptied - contained remnants of rotting food and Christmas crackers – required a good wipe over with disinfectant or replacing • vegetable rack contained rotting onions and bin bags • cooking equipment, ie microwave (needs replacing) and cooker were very dirty with lots of stuck on splashed food and crumbs together with rust and black mould, disgusting • Kettle required cleaning and preferably replacing • Toaster was rusty and required replacing • Coffee machine (Cascade brand) was covered with cobwebs, unhygienic and looked totally unusable – required replacing Disinfectant and cleaning materials are cheap and readily available and well affordable within the cleaning fees charged. The general property upkeep was poor and the untidy woodwork attracted woodlice together with flies and ants (and there was evidence of other pests). All wooden frames required attention. There were cobwebs and insects in every single room. Plastic bottles and rubbish was strewn amongst the garden flowers. This property would have been perfect for our requirements. It was close to where we needed to be, idyllic surroundings and perfect for walking but far too dirty. This review has been forwarded to the New Zealand Tourist Authority and TripAdvisor together with various other sites as we believe this property is not suitable for holiday rental.
Response from Owner
We can’t be bothered with people that are just mean and can’t appreciate the tons of love that we have put into our holiday home, but we welcome people that may want to join us in the journey of this heritage property that holds many surprises. What we see is a home that is tough enough to tolerate children having fun and warm enough to provide many happy memories for this family of three plus our cat ‘Panda’ & other families. We can offer an extra package for detailing our property if people want this. We have had other comments from renters both before and after this comment saying 'Great Aspect' and 'Thank You for this very relaxing stay'. It promises to hold many more surprises. Just watch our listing on the website.



Date rangeRatesExtra guestsMinimum stay
2 Apr - 5 Apr $145 / Night for 4 guests$151 Night
25 Oct - 27 Oct $145 / Night for 4 guests$152 Nights
12 Nov - 14 Nov $145 / Night for 4 guests$152 Nights
19 Dec - 31 Jan $145 / Night for 4 guests$152 Nights
Rest of year$135 / Night for 4 guests$152 Nights
2 Apr - 5 Apr
$145 / Night for 4 guests
Extra guests: $15Min. stay: 1 Night
25 Oct - 27 Oct
$145 / Night for 4 guests
Extra guests: $15Min. stay: 2 Nights
12 Nov - 14 Nov
$145 / Night for 4 guests
Extra guests: $15Min. stay: 2 Nights
19 Dec - 31 Jan
$145 / Night for 4 guests
Extra guests: $15Min. stay: 2 Nights
Rest of year
$135 / Night for 4 guests
Extra guests: $15Min. stay: 2 Nights
Discounts available mid-week (Tues - Thurs) from February 2020
*Special-4 day min mid-week price ($110.00 pn) Tue-Thurs 2 persons. Except School Holidays*

NOTE: STANDARD RATE does NOT include Supply of Linen & Bed preparation and Cleaning. Optional charges for these Services apply for 3+ Nights Booking. Linen Supply is $50.00 per booking and Cleaning $50.00 per booking when Optional.




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