The Idlehouse

7 Victory Place, Port Chalmers, Dunedin
Max Guests

About this Holiday House

The Idlehouse is a cosy, eco-friendly tree house-style cottage perched on the edge of Otago Harbour in our half-acre mature garden. Offset your travel footprint by choosing our ethical accommodation. Set only 10 mins drive (or catch the bus) from Otago Stadium, downtown Dunedin and the Otago University Campus, we offer stunning sea views of the bay, mature garden and surrounding hills. We also provide excellent unlimited wifi and cell coverage, superinsultation (new SIPs build+ double glazing) your own off street parking bay, Continental breakfast, a sheltered garden deck and all linens. Last minute bookings and late/night check ins are always welcome. We take our environmental and social responsibilities seriously: no exploitative labour, eco-friendly products and finishes, sustainable and recyclable materials, no resident displacement or gentrification! MAXIMUM STAY: 4 days unless negotiated in advance. The cottage provides a secure, private self-catering base for you to explore nearby attractions or simply relax for a few days of peace and privacy. Historic Port Chalmers sits right in the midst of beautiful Otago Harbour amid an array of increasingly renowned local walks, beaches and natural attractions. We are a leisurely stroll from Port's main street precinct where you can stock up on supplies at the local supermarket and visit the historic buildings, cafes, boutiques and studios. We live next door and while you won't usually see us after check in, we are almost always around to help if needed. We are proudly inclusive and welcome all genders, partnerships and nationalities.

Details and amenities

No kids
No pets
Linen provided
No smoking
No disabled access
Extra Bedding
Off Street Parking
Tea, coffee, sugar etc
Cellphone coverage
Cleaning equipment
Cleaning supplies
Electric heat
Ensuite Bathroom
Internet available
Outdoor furniture

Bed layout

1 Queen(s)


Average Rating: 5
3 total reviews

Alan Gillard
Quaint and very cosy. great setting.
Response from Owner
Thanks for that and we hope you enjoyed your stay!
Kaitlyn Hamilton
The Idlehouse was like a sanctuary. Very peaceful and comfortable. Would absolutely stay again.
Response from Owner
Hi Kaitlyn and thanks so much for saying that, we really appreciate the feedback. You were a great guest, very considerate and tidy, and you are welcome back any time. We're glad you enjoyed your stay.
We loved our stay at the Idlehouse! It was indeed the perfect setting for being idle, set in a lush garden with the delicious scent of flowers and greenery wafting in through the window, with birdsong as a literal soundscape and a view of the harbour to top it off. The cottage was comfortable and charming, with meticulous attention to detail and thoughtful provisions made. We just wished we could stay and be idle a little longer! We will be looking forward to staying again one day. We highly recommend The Idlehouse as a peaceful and comfortable retreat, and thank our hosts for their exceptional hospitality.
Response from Owner
Thanks so much for that guys, you were perfect guests and you are welcome back any time! We really appreciate your positive feedback :)



Date rangeRatesMinimum stay
4 Feb - 4 Feb $250 / Night for 2 guests1 Night
11 Nov - 11 Nov $250 / Night for 2 guests1 Night
20 Nov - 20 Nov $250 / Night for 2 guests1 Night
Rest of year$145 / Night for 2 guests1 Night
4 Feb - 4 Feb
$250 / Night for 2 guests
Min. stay: 1 Night
11 Nov - 11 Nov
$250 / Night for 2 guests
Min. stay: 1 Night
20 Nov - 20 Nov
$250 / Night for 2 guests
Min. stay: 1 Night
Rest of year
$145 / Night for 2 guests
Min. stay: 1 Night
Rates include all linens, cleaning, unlimited wifi, off street private parking and continental breakfast.




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