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Tussock Cottage
Reviewed 14 November 2011

Lee and Jaap were the perfect hosts here for a wonderful two day stay in very comfortable and spacious accommodation - nothing was too much trouble and they were a mine of information on local attractions as well as ideas for the next stage of our holiday in New Zealand. Nearby Lake Hayes is picture postcard, and Arrowtown only 5 minutes by car if you do not fancy self catering. We loved the setting, the wildlife, the chickens (and the eggs they produced). Nearby there are lots of good restaurants and wineries, and Arrowtown is an interesting town to stroll round. Also check out Lee's fantastic driftwood sculptures and other works of art around the garden. We wish we could have stayed longer, but we have already resolved to return for a much longer stay!

Room Tip: Cottage is self contained, and includes separate sitting/kitchen area.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 August 2011

This turned out to be an ideal setting for a vacation stay. The location was fantastic. This unique straw bale cottage was in a very quiet setting, just a 5 min. walk to Lake Hayes, a 20 min drive to Queenstown (nice to be away from the hustle and bustle of Queenstown) and about a 15 min. drive to Arrowtown. The cottage contained a bedroom with a very comfortable queen size bed, sofa, tv, decent size bathroom with shower (no tub), large combination living area with sofa,coffee table, tv, stereo equip. and small fully equipped kitchen. I found the cottage to be very well equipped and also appreciated the eggs, milk and wonderful cookies that were provided by Lee and Jaap. Both Lee and Jaap were very welcoming and helpful in providing recommendations for the area. The cottage feels very private even though it is next door to the main house as it is separated by a large hedge. The wifi was somewhat spotty. I had better luck with it if I was sitting outside.
There is a small patio area outside the cottage, unfortunately we were unable to use it as it had spider webs and was quite dirty. Despite that, I would still highly recommend Tussock cottage.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 October 2009

We would recommend this lovely cottage to anyone who loves nature. It is an idylic situation with a wonderful walk round the lake. Lee and Jaap are great hosts and we were really looked after. The accommodation was comfortable and clean with everything you need. We just wished we could have stayed longer.
Thanks very much Lee with love from Ross, Janet and Heather (from Scotland)
Sorry its taken me so long to get round to writing this! We are busy running a similar business and its taken a broken ankle for me to catch up!!
Hope to see you again Lee and Jaap. You are doing a fantastic job.

Stayed: February 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 August 2009

Enjoyed a fantastic week, excellent spot with the lake right on your doorstep. Lovely cottage- better than the website pictures. Great hosts with thoughtful extras (enjoyed the free range eggs & shortbread). Would strongly recommend.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 March 2009

Jaap and Lee have created a most interesting and comfortable cottage. Every possible need had been catered for ,including coming in to fresh produce from their garden. The delightful surrounds of the garden and driftwood sculptures were a reflection of Lee and Jaap's creative abilities.We thrived on their exceptionally warm hospitality and rapport. They were always open in sharing their local knowledge and experiences. We enjoyed a very happy evening dining with them but at all times our privacy was respected. The situation of the cottage by the lake was perfect .The whole experience made our stay there one of the most unique holidays we have had, either in NZ or anywhere else in the world. We look forward to returning as soon as we know our dates.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 February 2009

My husband and I stayed at Tussock Cottage in Nov - and will be back. Normally on our visits to Queenstown we would stay in the town but friends recommended we stay at Tussock Cottage. It is an absolutely gorgeous wee place in a fantastic location. Really close to the lake so we were able to walk to the lake for a swim . Minutes drive away from Millbrook (the world famous golf resort) so we were also able to easily enjoy the facilities here and of Arrowtown. Lee and Jaap the hosts were extremely welcoming - nothing was too much trouble and their local knowledge is second to none. The cottage had the most comfortable bed and the linen was devine and beleive me I am fussy about linen!!! Cottage has a separate lounge with TV etc and a wee kitchenette. There is also a private outdoor area for the summer months. We looking forward to going back for a winter stay as cottage is ideally located to ski coronet peak and Cadrona

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 February 2009

I have stayed in Tussock Cottage on two occasions, once for one month in August 2007 and again in November of the same year. On both occasions my hosts Lee and Jaap Van Der Geest could not have been more welcoming, inviting me to have dinner with them on several occasions, but at the same time allowing me privacy if I wanted it. The cottage itself has to be seen to be believed, the photos do not do it justice. It has every possible convenience that one requires and is the perfect haven after a days skiing. Its decor is surperb ,a testament of Lees skills in that field. I would more than recommend it as a perfect place, whether it be summer of winter to stay. It is situated by Lake Hayes and the 8km walk around the lake is a perfect chance to walk off all the excesses. The cottage itself is situated far enough away from the main house to allow one privacy. As mentioned previously I stayed one visit of one month then another week. This shortened visit the second time was only due to it not being available longer. It is close enough to Arrowtown and Queenstown to make it an easy trip in in a car, but far enough away from the hussle and bussle of the town. I would give it five out of five every time.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Tussock Cottage

Address: 48 Rutherford Road | Lake Hayes RD1, Queenstown 9371, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Queenstown
Hotel Style:
Ranked #39 of 93 Speciality Lodging in Queenstown
Price Range: $1 - $2 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Tussock Cottage 4*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tussock Cottage is located at beautiful Lake Hayes, close to both Arrowtown and Queenstown. The setting is private and tranquil and offers stunning lake and mountain views. The cottage is self contained with a queen size bedroom and a separate large living area with dining and cooking facilities. The lake is great for fishing, kayaking and swimming . Golf courses, skifields, wineries,restaurants , great shopping, it's all on your doorstep when staying at Tussock Cottage! ... more   less 

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