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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Guthrie Cottage is simply stunning! Are you looking for a romantic retreat or just a fantastic holiday home to enjoy some well deserved time out as you visit this spectacular corner of the world?

The cottage:

• offers fully self contained accommodation for 2-6 guests

• is situated on the beach-front in a quiet location with beautiful Wellington harbour views

• is immaculately presented with all of the comforts of home including central heating

This beautifully renovated cottage has been lovingly renovated by the Guthrie family so that guests have the opportunity to experience the delight of staying there. All aspects of your comfort have been considered to ensure a wonderful stay.

Wake in the morning, invigorated and refreshed, listening to the sound of waves lapping on the beach. Yes, it is that close!

The cottage is a short walk from Eastbourne village which has an array of shops including a butcher, small supermarket and fruit and veg and deli. If you like the outdoors, there are a number of easily accessible tracks in the nearby North Harbour National Park. Stroll along the water-front or relax in a local cafe. Lots to do or simply nothing. Sit in the garden and watch the boats come in and out of the harbour. Each year there are sightings of Orcas in the harbour and they often visit Eastbourne, much to the delight of anyone lucky enough to be close to the sea. A raft is moored in front of the cottage in the summer-time which is lots of fun. There is nothing like an early morning dip in the sea!

End the day by soaking in the outside candle-lit bath tub and look out over the harbour and the flickering lights of Wellington.

Guthrie Cottage is really special - most guests find it hard to leave!

Eastbourne is close to Wellington: 25 minutes by car, a 40 minute bus ride or a 20 minute ferry ride to Days Bay which is a short bus ride or 20 minute walk from the cottage.

Our Rates:

Peak rates: (1 September to 30 April)

Nightly per couple: from $NZ250

Additional guest: $NZ40 per night

Off Peak Rate: (1 May to 31 August)

Nightly per couple: from $NZ200

Additional guest: $NZ40 per night

A 2 night minimum applies for all bookings. Special rates for long term bookings.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Robinson Beach 10 m
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 1 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Wellington Airport 30 km, Nearest railway: Petone 15 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Two queen size bedrooms plus a double fold out sofa bed in the lounge. Well equipped, beautiful bathroom, giant shower head.

Black out curtains in both bedrooms for daytime naps. Polished wooden floors with gas central heating.

Further details outdoors

Back courtyard with table, chairs and BBQ. Front garden with table and chairs and sunken, heated bath. Gardens planted with beautiful natives and sun shade also provided from pohutakwa tree centrally framed in front yard.

Supermarket, deli, cafes and restaurants, library, salons in the Village just a 10 minute walk north.

Further details

The beach is only metres from the front gate. Eastbourne has an outdoor heated swimming pool (October - March). Sunken outdoor candle lit bath tub in front yard overlooking harbour. Minimum 2 night booking. PayPal available for overseas bookings.

The North Island region

The North Island is the smallest of the two main islands of New Zealand, and as its name indicates, is the northern-most of the two islands. Its northern location means it enjoys a warmer, more temperate climate than much of the South Island, and is much more vastly populated.

The northern areas of the North Island enjoy a sub-tropical climate. The centre of the island is primarily a volcanic landscape with vast forests, volcanic peaks, and picturesque lakes. The eastern side of the island is covered with vineyards.

The North Island is home to the largest city in New Zealand—Auckland, also known as the 'City of Sails', and the Capital City of New Zealand—Wellington which has numerous attractions for the visitor.

As of the 2006 census, the North Island held a resident population of approximately 3,059,420, or approximately three quarters of the entire population of New Zealand.

Wellington

The nearest beach to enjoy is only 10m from the cottage front gate and is and warm for swimming from November through until early May.

The Village shops open observe normal hours . The local convenience store opens at 7.30am and closes at 8.30pm. The Village shops offers everything you could possibly need with local fruit and veg' , supermarket, butcher, three cafes, two restaurants, hair salons, beautician, local tavern as well as gift shops galleries and book shop.

Eastbourne and Bays, is the southern tip of Lower Hutt city and is made up of several small bays nestled between Wellington harbour and the lush, thickly-vegetated Eastern hills. All bays face the Wellington harbour providing spectacular views for its residents and visitors.

Eastbourne is renowned for its artists, beaches, cafes and restaurants. It is a haven for those who appreciate the importance of building a lifestyle around where they live and the most of the early morning and setting sun.

Everything in Eastbourne is right on your doorstep. With Butterfly Creek track and Eastbourne hills at your back door and the beach and water sports just seconds from your front door - there is plenty to do for the entire family.

There are top restaurants and cafes in Eastbourne Bays where the cuisine is only matched by the selection of excellent wines or you can enjoy a good evening at the local tavern dining and listening to a local band.

Eastbourne and Days Bay have wonderful sandy beaches that are safe for swimmers. The East Harbour Regional Park backs onto Eastbourne and features fantastic bushwalks, with panoramic views, for all levels of fitness. For those who love mountain-biking the Pencarrow Coastal Trail is unsurpassed.

Eastbourne has a population of around 4,500 people. It has great pre-school facilites with a top-quality day care centre, two playcentres and a kindergarten.  In addition, there is a top local primary school going up to Year 8 (intermediate), a small Catholic school and a private boys' college (Year 1-8). This means that we have a great choice of schooling for our children. Eastbourne has a strong sporting community. As expected for a seaside village, the local yacht club is bursting at the seams with over 50 children learning to sail last year and a waiting list for the local scout club!

The harbour ferry runs a route across the harbour to Wellington City. This is the ideal mode of transport for the Wellington City commuter because there are no parking considerations, and the drop off point is at Queens Wharf, a two minute walk from the Wellington CBD. Coffee and morning papers are available on the ferry and it's not unusual to have a pod of dolphins escorting the boat across the harbour.

Drive to the very end of Muritai Road and you'll come to Burdan's Gate. This is the start of the Pencarrow Coast Road trail. Every year over 40,000 people bike or walk the Pencarrow Coast Road. It's one of the most magnificent outdoor excursions you'll find anywhere in NZ. With its windswept hills and ruggest coastal scenery the Pencarrow Coast Road is a dramatic, yet accessible, walking and mountain biking spot. There are spectacular views of the Wellington Heads and South Island's Mt. Tapuaenuku and Kaikoura Ranges.  You can also watch the ferries and fishing boats going and coming. Bike beside the waves as they crash onto the rocks and feel the sea spray - it's awesome! The terrain is completely flat and virtually vehicle-free which makes it ideal for a family adventure. There are plenty of picnic stops along the way where you can break your journey, but most people make the 8km trek out to the historical Pencarrow lighthouses. The bike ride to the lighthouses takes around one hour return. The trip takes around 3 hours on foot. Bikes are available for hire from a kiosk at Burdan's Gate on most weekends and public holidays (weather permitting). Bikes with baby carriers are also available.

 

Butterfly Creek in the forest between Eastbourne and Wainuiomata is a popular destination for bush walkers.

A series of tracks climbs steeply through a mixture of  regenerating and native bush into beech forest be

fore descending into Butterfly Creek. Here there is a picnic area, toilet and limited facility camping. The walk offers magnificent panoramic views of the Wellington harbour and bird life is abundant. There are 4 tracks off Muritai Road leading into Butterfly Creek - all are well sign-posted (refer to map on left).

People who live here describe Eastbourne as "paradise". Why don't you come and judge for yourself?

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14 Feb 2014

5/5

"Beautiful house in an idyllic location"

This cottage is a beautifully renovated and characterful old two bedroom beachfront home in a very peaceful location right on the waterfront of a bay facing Wellington. It is a few minutes drive from … More

It is always so nice to hear that guest's have enjoyed their stay at the cottage and had the opportunity to share what the Guthrie family have so lovingly created. We would love to have you come back again!

25 Nov 2013

5/5

"Fantastic View"

This is a lovely cottage with terrific views. If you don't mind being away from the city centre it is the ideal spot.There is a small village within walking distance and a ferry service to the he… More

I'm so glad you enjoyed the views from the cottage!

8 Nov 2013

5/5

"When we think of NZ, the first thing that comes to mind is Guthrie Cottage"

The cottage is a family home and it shows in every detail and amenity. Comfortable, traditional and inviting. Lynne made certain everything was perfect . A wonderful 3 days to celebrate our 36th wedd… More

I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Guthrie Cottage and look forward to seeing you again on your next visit!

29 Dec 2012

5/5

"Beautiful accommodation in a relaxing envirnoment"

Entering the front garden, which looks to the stunning water views, led us inside to an immaculate decor totally suited to a cottage by the sea. Fresh flowers, a small Christmas cake and Christmas tre… More

22 Nov 2012

5/5

"Peaceful, cosy , clean and luxurious cottage."

The cottage is loved, well appointed and luxurious. The village is peaceful and plenty to do around here. Suitable for all who wish to be away from the city . Very informative guest book . Gracious ho… More

Thank you so much for your lovely comments and so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay. A kind wish to you and your family for the approaching season - and hope to hear from you again.

1 Jul 2012

5/5

"A perfect place to enjoy a winter storm"

We had two nights at Guthrie, and were lucky enough to have a great sunset the first night, and a typical Wellington thundering southerly storm roll through on the second evening. The cottage has a g… More

Thank you for your review and especially the feedback about the lighting problem at the front gate. You'll be happy to know we are currently in the process of getting a pole erected at the front gate where our local electrician will be installing a sensor light for those dark moonless nights. We hope to hear from you again soon and delighted to know you enjoyed viewing Wellington harbour albeit during one of its tantrums. Kind regards

29 Jun 2012

5/5

"Cozy Cottage with Seaviews"

Stayed at Guthrie Cottage from June 14 to June 17. Great views, cottage has everything you need - even an expresso machine! Did not get to use the BBQ due to the weather. Was rained in during one of the days, but we enjoyed ourselves (there were four of us -

My wife, my 2 boys and myself) just relaxing at "home" with the sky channels and music system.

Loved the fireplace. I can see everything was planned, the central heating, candles placed strategically if you need them for enhancing the feeling of the cottage.

The town center is about 2 mins drive away, with a Four Square supermarket, but we drove to Wellington instead. Enjoyable 40 minutes drive along the shores with great views. We stopped a couple of times for photos due to the great views.


Pity about the weather (it is winter in NZ afterall), but we enjoyed and relaxed ourselves a great deal. Thanks to John (who called up and checked on us the first night we checked in), the place is well maintained and I do not have anything to recommend, to be changed. Keep it the way it is. We will be back.

Barry & Family
Singapore

24 Jun 2012

5/5

"Absolutely Stunning"

Decided that it was time for some R and R and what better place to go than to the seaside for the weekend. Even though it was getting into the cooler wintery months in NZ the house was cosy, warm and very inviting. As soon as we opened the door we knew it was going to be a weekend well remembered, and we definitely were not dissappointed, the cottage lived up to the great reviews we had read from many other people who had stayed. John and Tracey were great to deal with and were round in a second when I had an initial mishap with not being able to open the safety lock for the key, John also called on the Saturday evening to ensure that everything was going well, we appreciated that. The ammenities in the cottage are of an excellent standard, everything you ever need is right there at hand. The view from the cottage is outstanding, we sat in the dinning area in the morning and had a beautiful view across to the Wellington harbour which you cannot beat on a fine day. Stepped right outside the gate and was on the waterfront which was a lovely walk along the Eastbourne coastline. The cottage is a must for anyone wanting to just chill and have a relaxing time without the noise and bustle of the city. We highly recommend the property and thank John and Tracey for opening up and sharing their beautiful beachside property with us. A definite return for us hopefully not in the too distant future.

Delighted you chose us for your R and R break and thank you for posting your review. Knowing that our guests enjoy their stay really makes it all worth while for us. Also, thank you for leaving the Cottage so spotlessly clean. It was totally unnecessary, but did mean an early finish to work for us, so we popped up to the Village and had a coffee and saluted your consideration. We really do look forward to hearing from you again.

3 Jun 2012

5/5

"The View is Our Screensaver!"

On our annual trip to NZ we always spend some time at Guthrie Cottage. We love the seaside village atmosphere of Eastbourne, and the drive around the bays is magnificent. Guthrie Cottage has superb amenities and is wonderfully comfortable. We enjoy the outdoor lifestyle in New Zealand, and particularly enjoy walking along the foreshore, playing in the nearby park or taking the short stroll to Eastbourne village. To spend time in the front garden enjoying the views across the harbor to Wellington City is one of the highlights of our time in New Zealand.

5 Apr 2012

5/5

"A wonderful experience"

Recently, after a 2 week tour holiday, we were happy to settle in for a month and enjoy the beautiful and relaxing area of Eastbourne Beach, Lower Hutt, NZ. When we travel, and we have traveled much, our accommodation is of great importance to us, but especially this time as it was to be for almost a full month.
As we arrived at our destination, Guthrie Cottage, we were delighted! This cottage has character, and also a very interesting history to learn about. It is generously outfitted with everything needed, nothing overlooked for our comfort. The furnishings are comfortable, beautifully decorated and well cared for. We were so pleased to see a fireplace which we enjoyed on the cooler nights.
The owners are very discrete, and yet also extremely helpful and thoughtful when anything is needed. Thanks for that John and Bill!
The views from Guthrie Cottage are amazing as you look out across the sea to Wellington. We liked watching the ships, some cruise ships, coming and going. At night, the lights of Wellington are magical and never to be forgotten - beautiful sight!
Eastbourne itself is a charming town just a short walk from the beach (10 -12 min.). When our grand-kids came for a visit after school or for a visit from Wellington on Saturday, the walk to Eastbourne was all about some of the delicious ice-creams. There you will find many quaint shops, good restaurants, a great fresh market and a good grocery store, plus playgrounds for kids to enjoy.
We can hardly say enough about our memorable, wonderful stay in Guthrie Cottage. Our sincere thanks to the owner for sharing this gem to a couple of Canadians who now have a place in their hearts for NZ.

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