The SpaceThe cottage is set in (we think) the most beautiful valley in the world! From the cottage you have views of Coronet Peak, Remarkable Range, Waitiri Station and Mt Edward, not to mention a fully working vineyard. The cottage is a studio guesthouse and comfortably sleeps four adults. The bedding configuration is one master queen bed on the ground floor and one queen loft bed, accessible by a ladder. Unfortunately, this means that we do not allow guests under the age of 12, due to the perilousness of the ladder for children! And also recommend those that are sleeping in the loft don't have too many pinots before bed! But it is a really cute space that people really enjoy.
The cottage is equipped with a full kitchen which includes an oven, a cooktop with two burners, microwave, kettle and toaster.
There is a lounge with two sofas to relax in and a TV with a DVD player and a video player (if you want to get all retro). The TV does not get free to air TV but you are welcome to bring cords to attach your laptop to the TV.
There is a wardrobe and shelves in which to store your clothes and a bathroom with walk-in shower, sink and toilet.
The main house where me (Dave) and my mum (Briony) live with our two dogs is about 50 metres up the hill from the cottage but we are often out at work so give you lots of space. You also have your own private deck out the front of your cottage on which to relax and enjoy the view.
Our two dogs - Lucy and Lenny - are very loveable but quite boistrous. They will bark and try to jump on you and lick you to death so you must like dogs! They will try to sleep with you in your cottage as they just love people but we discourage this as they are very bad bed buddies! Lenny (the more black coloured one) is a barker and he thinks that if he barks at someone long enough, they will take him for a walk! Lucy (the more white one) is very bossy but also very cuddly.
We are on a working vineyard so you may hear tractor noises, dogs barking, and if it is spring/summer and there is a freak frost, the frost fighting windmills will be activated which sound like helicopters! Guest AccessYou will also have access to a washing machine and dryer. Just ask and we will point you to them. Interaction with GuestsFeel free to pop up to the house during the day if we are around if you have a question, otherwise text us and we will try to respond to you ASAP. The NeighborhoodYou have come to the right place to sample some of the best wines in the world! Central Otago is known for the amazing pinot noir that it produces. In Gibbston Valley it is all picked by hand and a lot of the producers are organic or incorporate biodynamic growing principles. Within 5-10km of your cottage are the following wineries:
Gibbston Valley (who also have a restaurant and cheesery)
Hawkshead (they sell out of Kinross just below our house or can organise a private tasting on request)
There are many wine tour companies that operate in the valley and throughout the Central Otago area, including Bannockburn and into Queenstown. Look through our brochures or peruse the web to find one that suits your needs.
It is illegal to drink and drive in New Zealand so please drink responsibly.
The historic gold town of Arrowtown is approximately a 15 minute drive away. Turn left out of the bottom of the driveway and follow the main highway for 10km, past the bungee bridge and past the Crown Range turn off. You will see a sign for Arrowtown so turn right and that road will take you to the main shopping street.
Queenstown is approximately a 25-30 minute drive away. Turn left out of the bottom of the driveway and follow the main highway and that will take you straight into Queenstown.
Wanaka is about an hour away. Turn left out of the bottom of the driveway and follow the main highway for about 9.5km. Take the turn off on the right onto the Crown Range and follow that all the way into Wanaka township.
We are surrounded by fabulous places to eat, drink and be merry. If you feel like a proper coffee when you get up in the morning, you can take a short 10 minute stroll down the hill to Kinross. Head down the driveway to the bottom vineyard and turn right along the private track just before the driveway flattens out, follow your nose and you will get to Kinross Café where they serve a range of food and coffee. They also do wine and beer tastings later in the day.
Close by is also Waitiri Creek that do delicious woodfire pizzas, the Gibbston Tavern (pub food) and the Gibbston Back Road cellar doors that have provide yummy platters and picnic lunches.
Arrowtown also has many food options, from takeaways to fine dining so you will find something to satisfy any craving. We personally love Dudley's Cottage for coffee, Provisions for brunch, La Rumbla for tapas, and The Fork and Tap for a good pub meal. If you can find the Blue Door Pub, you are in for an afterdinner treat! Getting AroundThere are no public transport options in Gibbston Valley but there are organised wine and sight seeing tours available.