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Fantail Lodge
Ranked #14 of 44 Specialty Lodging in Dunedin
Reviewed July 20, 2014

We stayed at bellbird for one night, chose it as on peninsula and had hot tub, we arrived when owners were out, but door was open left a note and key, we unpacked then went to see penguins main reason for coming to NZ. When we got back lights on in cottage, fire lit, lovely touch by the owner. Then tried out the hot tub , wonderful. In morning, got chatting the cottage was hand built by owner. Cottage had great layout walk through gardens, onto decking, then into lounge/ kitchen area, with fire, then round corner, large bed and en-suite bathroom. Having stayed in a number of places this is my favourite by far.

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 22, 2014

We stayed in Bellbird cottage for 2 nights and loved it ! Comfortable , clean, well furnished and surrounded by a beautiful garden where we could hear the sounds of the birds. The SPA was a bonus , a nice surprise . Vic was very friendly and helpful with the tips about tha area .It was very hard to leave !

Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
Thank Liz B
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

We stayed here three nights to explore Dunedin City. The Otago Peninsula is well known to us because we have visited the peninsula two times before. Even to visit Dunedin the Fantail Lodge is a good place to stay, it needs half a hour to get to the city.
The Fantail Cottage was our accommodation, it is well furnished and nice decorated with all the paintings of Vic. We loved the view in the well maintained garden with all these NZ plants.
Vic, the host, was very friendly to us. We got useful advices from him for the city and we had interesting chats together.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank NZ_pingi
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

I stayed 4 nights in Bellbird cottage. Ideal for 1 or 2 persons. Nicely decorated, comfy bed and a hot bubble spa pool on the deck. Very nice gardens and a short walk to the beach. You are offered free use of kayaks. Very kind and friendly hosts. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 27, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed in Bellbird cottage for three nights and did not want to leave! The cottage itself is beautifully decorated, warm and comfortable, and has a luxurious private spa which was perfect for relaxing in after a long day exploring. It is set in a beautiful garden belonging to the owners, Tessa and Vic who were extremely friendly and informative about the local area. We cannot recommend it highly enough and definitely hope to return in the future!

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

We spent Christmas in the Bellbird Cottage at Fantail Lodge on the Otago Peninsula, and couldn't have had a lovelier time. Vic and Tessa were fabulous hosts, and provided us with insider details of walks and activities which made our visit even more special. We hope to return!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

This is my 3rd trip to NZ and 2nd time to Otago Peninsular. The Fantail Lodge is truly a hidden gem. Fantastic for $value, location, hospitality, garden setting, etc. .. compare to other places we stayed for this trip which include Akaroa Cottage, Lake Tekapo Cottage and Queestown Crowne Plaza. Easily get our vote for "Best Place to stay in NZ" :)

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank BENGHIN
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Additional Information about Fantail Lodge

Address: 682 Portobello Road | Broad Bay, Dunedin 9014, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Dunedin
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 44 Specialty Lodging in Dunedin
Price Range: $104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Fantail Lodge we offer a choice of two cottages. FANTAIL COTTAGE is an open-plan design, offering queen-bed accommodation with two extra single beds on a mezzanine floor. Ideal for a couple or family group. BELLBIRD COTTAGE offers queen-bed accommodation with the additional luxury of an outdoor spa pool for your personal enjoyment. A very special place for a couple to relax and unwind. Relax on your verandah, surrounded by our lush harbourside garden and enjoy the company of native birds. We are adjacent to a small sandy beach and offer guests free use of our kayaks. It is a short drive to all the attractions of the Otago Peninsula: Larnach Castle, Yellow-Eyed Penguin Reserve, Royal Albatross Colony, Sea Lions, Fur Seals and wild ocean beaches. Both cottages have self-catering facilities. A continental breakfast hamper can be provided if desired. The cottages are smoke-free. ... more   less 

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