Lombardy Cottage is a fully restored two-bedroom two-bathroom stone cottage in a peaceful woodland setting near the historic town of St Bathans.
This noted historic building is ideal for one or two couples wishing to enjoy the unique attractions of Central Otago or looking for a relaxing holiday away from it all.
Read in front of the library fire, sit by the creek in the garden with a book or star gaze at the Milky Way from the outdoor hot tub. It is easy to relax in this tranquil place. But if activity is required, there are four bikes with helmets, two kayaks (and life jackets) for adventures on the Blue Lake, and a wee trailer to cart boats or bikes to wherever they are required. (Tow bar needed). And for the cook, there is a barbecue and in-season herbs and vegetables from the garden.
The Cottage Facilities
Two bedrooms – each with a king-sized bed (one can be made up into two singles)
Two bathrooms (one with an old-fashioned claw-foot bath tub)
Kitchen with many conveniences, including a bread maker, and well-stocked pantry
Under-floor heating throughout, open fire in library and a diesel burner in living room
Communications – Sky TV, wireless internet, landline (mobile phone coverage intermittent)
8-seater dining table plus entertaining facilities with fine china, glassware and silver tableware
Restored Victorian-era rabbiter’s hut which is now a garden room
Four good cycles with helmets, trailer with cycle cage
Weber barbecue, outdoor dining area
OPTIONAL EXTRA – Outdoor Kiwi Hot Tub – $50 a gas cylinder
I am a magazine editor who lives some of the time in Auckland wishing she could be permanently in Central Otago sitting by Lombardy Cottage creek looking at the mountains, listening to the birds and the wind in the willow trees. I'd probably be planning dinner (what's ready in the vegetable garden?) and intending to go for a long walk beforehand. Our house is where all the favourite family books, games, paintings and furniture get to live and where we all dream of spending more time.
Life is either a daring adventure or it is nothing - thanks, Helen Keller.