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Hilltop Accommodation Catlins
Ranked #1 of 2 Papatowai B&B and Inns
Christchurch
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“Rejuvenating”
Reviewed October 8, 2011

We booked the entire Bottom House and were very pleased that we did, because if there was someone in each bed the living area would be a bit squashed - although people could sit at the 'table' in the kitchen.
The house is clean and the shower in the ensuite has lovely strong pressure which was a pleasant surprise.
There is no cellphone coverage but there is a landline phone which you need to use a calling card to make calls out with, other than local calls to Balclutha. There is also a washing machine with washing powder provided and there is an honesty system where you leave $3 for each wash you do.
The bed in the ensuite room is extremely comfortable and the view from this room is stunning (as it is from the lounge).
It is worth noting you need your own shampoo/soap for the shower.
You check in at the Top House and we were told just to make ourselves at home and they would pop in to check we were ok that afternoon. It worked well but was a bit strange not to have a key. We didn't think to ask if there was one, and no doubt there is, but everything just seemed to stay unlocked.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 12, 2010

This was recommended both by the Lonely Planet guide and the i-Site in Owaka. It's a bit of everything - a backpackers, a guest house, a luxury retreat... On arriving, a board told us to make ourselves at home so you have the run of the place before the staff arrives! There are 2 houses to choose from - the top house and the bottom house. We chose a double room in the top house which was $75. Rooms in the bottom house were a bit more expensive. You could rent out the entire house as well if you wanted to. A quick note - it was cash only, so make sure you have it because there aren't many ATMs around this part of town!

Hilltop sits atop a hill (of course), right next to a sheep paddock and with wonderful views of the Catlins coast. It's such a beautiful setting. The top house has 4 bedrooms (if memory serves me correctly) - 2 doubles, a room with double and single, and a twin room. It also has 2 bathrooms, dining room and a great kitchen/lounge area with a fireplace. Free tea and coffee is provided and recycling is encouraged.

The room itself was probably the most luxurious we had on our trip to NZ (for $75, this was amazing). In addition to the oil heater, there was a lovely big bed with lots of warm quilting.

If you're looking for a wonderful, quiet break with a group of friends - rent out the entire place. If you're just passing through, you might have to share it (or get lucky and have it to yourself!). I would definitely recommend Hilltop to anyone wanting accommodation in the Catlins.

One last note - there's no phone service here! So ring ahead to book before you get there.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hilltop Accommodation Catlins
Address: 77 Tahakopa Valley Rd, Papatowai, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Papatowai
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Papatowai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Peaceful country accommodation in the heart of the Catlins, overlooking the Southern Scenic route. ... more   less 

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