I have read the other reviews, & whether or not you like Parkbrae as much as we did depends on what you are looking for. If it's a 1 nighter on the way to Queenstown maybe it's just a motel style place you want. But after spending 3 weeks driving around the Sth Island staying in a variety of carefully selected accommodation, Garden Cottage is the place that won hands down. From outside it looks a bit old, but its thoughtfully renovated & decorated to capture a lovely chintzy country cottage feel. Nice modern ensuite to main bedroom. Rugs, paintings, photos, ornaments, old English china, & bookcase crammed with odd books add a nice touch. Good beds & linen, heaters in every room & electric blankets ensure no-one is cold. But loved the fireplace which added a real air of conviviality to the living room. One night & a morning spent basking in the sun that floods the front rooms all day (late Autumn) saw us abandoning plans to eat out & we cooked our own meals for the rest of our stay. True, the 2nd double bedroom can only be accessed from outside, & patio only from master bedroom. Also cooking utensils could no with a few extra things like wooden spoon, tongs, big serving spoon but in all kitchen was roomy & well equipped. A charming cottage, tastefully decorated with lovely garden and views, that really lends itself to city slickers like us spending a few days with family & friends. If you like something with a bit of character & charm, try it and I'm sure you'll love it as much as we did. Owners just next door & v helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Parkbrae Estate is so much more than a stay... it is an experience! Preferred by so many due to its unique style cottages and units (apartments), peaceful surroundings and privileged location! No doubt the spot in Tekapo! Only a stone's throw away from the stunning turquoise lake and a few steps from the Church of Good Shepherd and Collie Dog Statue, Tekapo's best known icons!! When at Parkbrae Estate, wake up to breathtaking scenery or warm up by the fire on a cold winter night... stroll through the gardens with camera in hand soaking up the morning light... sit on the balcony with a book or a glass of the finest NZ wine...wait until the stars come out in the mesmerizing night sky and make a wish... or two... Perfect for romantic getaways, family holidays, weddings, gatherings or just an excuse to treat yourself!! ... more less
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