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Settlers Cottage Motel
Ranked #5 of 12 Arrowtown B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Foster, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Comfy accommodation, great location, great host”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

Stayed in the 2 bedroom 2 bathroom cottage. It was very comfy with all amenities we expected. The table and chairs under the tree were a lovely spot to have a drink in the evening and it was a very short walk to the main street. The host was very friendly and helpful. Would recommend it to anyone that likes a personal touch.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed March 9, 2013 via mobile

This was the 2nd time we have stayed and once again were very happy. Great location as very handy to the township and all amenities, lovely cool room to help cope with the sunny sunny days and fabulous friendly service from the owners who were willing to help out in any way. Will definitely stay again!!!

  • Stayed March 2013
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British Columbia
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

I was pleasantly surprised with this lovely one storey small motel not far from center of Arrowtown. We had a one bedroom that had a daybed and a sofa in the lounge kitchen area. The daybed was next to huge windows overlooking a border of roses and lavender and the perfect place to curl up with my book with a cup of tea after wandering through the shops. The bathroom is not large, but everything else was more than adequate. Loved the thoughtful touch of having the ceiling light in bedroom activated by wall switch or cord hanging at head of bed. No street noise at night as bedroom at back of unit. It was clean, bedding crisp, smooth and bed very comfortable. Would absolutely stay here again. We arrived at 1:00 pm but were given key and allowed to drop odd stuff for fridge even though unit was not completely ready, this was very much appreciated. It meant our wine was chilled when we returned!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Temuka, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

We have just returned home from a 4 night stay at Settlers Cottage in Arrowtown. Our 1 bedroom unit was roomy, very well equiped and clean. Many thanks to Pete & Michelle for being so friendly & helpful and a special thanks to Harley who made it even more special!!
We have always stayed in Queenstown on previous visits to the area but after staying in Arrowtown that is where we will stay from now on & wouldn't stay anywhere but Settlers.
Well done guys for winning your court case. What planet is 'Beware' on, you are not on the main road so apart from the odd car going past as is normal there was no traffic noise at all. He should also have read the cancellations policy as is the norm for any motel/hotel. Keep up the great work and see you again one day (maybe to collect Lexie).

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Deucenz, Owner at Settlers Cottage Motel, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Thank you so much for your fantastic comments, we are really happy you enjoyed your stay so much, for those who don't know Harley is our puppy and I think Katherine was going to take him home with her!!!! Good luck with Lexie.......

See you again soon.
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Mooloolaba, Australia
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

What a GREAT place to stay, the setting is gorgeous, the rooms are immaculately clean & tidy, the units are peaceful and quiet, and the hosts Pete & Michelle couldn’t be more helpful, what a lovely couple. I travel to NZ on business regularly and will now make Settlers Cottage my regular place to stay when in the area. I look forward to another glass of Red with Pete & Michelle out in the gorgeous garden.
I’m totally perplexed with the “Beware” review below, my stay was wonderful and the sleepy little village of Arrowtown has no traffic or noise.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Deucenz, Owner at Settlers Cottage Motel, responded to this review, January 22, 2013
Thank you so much for your fantastic review, we are so pleased when our guests appreciate the quality and service we offer, even if it is a glass of red wine!!!!!! It is a unique position we have with the main road to Cromwell only a couple hundred meters away and yet incredibly peaceful and quiet where we are located. See you again soon.
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

We stayed in Unit 7. Great room, lovely,clean and peaceful Great location and great hosts. Not sure what "Beware" reviewer is talking about. Road is hardly noisy!!!. We will be back as soon as we can.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Deucenz, Owner at Settlers Cottage Motel, responded to this review, January 19, 2013
Thanks so much for your comments, that cottage is great for families, I always love seeing people sitting under the big Cherry tree and enjoying their holiday's, the two bedroom/ two ensuite cottage as you said is roomy and a fantastic cottage for families.

We are also perplexed by "Beware" I am sure the court will see who the actual problem is!!

Hope to see you back with us again soon.
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

We booked a great house (River Cottage) in Blenheim at Christmas time 2011 , but this year we had a terrible experience, with Settlers Cottage, in Arrowtown.

We booked 4 nights, but after inspection of the interior (bad bathrooms, small living area and garden fronting onto busy road) we were not satisfied.
We tried to negotiate a 2 night stay as a compromise , but this came to naught, and after a very unpleasant conversation with the owner, we moved onto better accommodation.
After not so much as enjoying a cup of tea at the cottage, the full account was deducted off my credit card = $880 Gratis!
We have subsequently been refunded for the one 1 bedroom rate of $150 (as a night was sold at this rate), but that is all.
I realise there are cancellation policies in place, but we were not satisfied with the accommodation, surely the money cannot just be 'taken?'
We are now taking the matter up with the Disputes Tribunal.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Deucenz, Owner at Settlers Cottage Motel, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
Mr Andrew Joe Makin lost his court case on Feb the 21st, his "Litany of Lies" about Settlers Cottage being on a noisy road and small bathrooms were all dismissed. BEWARE Mr Maikin just wants your Bacon!!!!

Technically speaking he should not be able to make a comment becuase he did not stay here!!!!!
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Property: Settlers Cottage Motel
Address: 22 Hertford Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Arrowtown
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Arrowtown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Settlers Cottage Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set amongst a 1/2 acre of beautiful cottage gardens, the cottages all have an "Old World Charm" but with all the modern amenities you would expect. ... more   less 
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