The Herb Farm Cottage - An Idyllic Rustic Retreat

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Entire cottage hosted by Alethea

2 guests, 1 bedroom, 1 bed, 1 bath
Entire home
You’ll have the cottage to yourself.
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The Herb Farm Cottage is a world of it's own in rural Grehan Valley. Here in the country garden stream side setting of the former Herb Farm (New Zealand's first opened in 1976) you will find the original cottage with the ground floor studio/bed sitting room and adjoining parlour. Relax and enjoy the special setting of flowers, wishing well, native bird life, frogs, friendly free range chooks, ducks on the pond and a great night sky. All just a 15 minute stroll to the village and seaside.

The space
Of the cottage only the ground floor is available for guests (upstairs owner's storage). The ambience is one of simple storybook rustic charm. Cozy and comfortable inside offset by outdoor dining options and sun loungers in the garden. An abundance of varied books and magazines are on hand in the parlour. Slightly down the garden path (spot lit at night) is a standalone shower room with toilet and hand basin.

No kitchen however we do provide tea and coffee making facilities and toaster and there is a food preparation area so you can whip up a cheeseboard and a picnic. Bottled water provided.

Easy access up the valley to some of Akaroa's best walking tracks. Enjoy a coffee sitting next to the stream with fantails and kereru flying around ancient kahikatea, totara and matai trees.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

What this place offers

Free street parking
Patio or balcony
Backyard
Dedicated workspace
Long term stays allowed
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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4.93 out of 5 stars from 28 reviews

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Where you’ll be

Akaroa, Canterbury, New Zealand

Hosted by Alethea

Joined in May 2017
  • 28 Reviews
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Along with my husband Rodney we live on a beautiful lifestyle block originally New Zealand's first Herb Farm. We enjoy animals and sharing our home with our friendly free range chooks. We’ve been very fortunate to enjoy a life full of travel and adventures and we love welcoming guests to our special property.
Along with my husband Rodney we live on a beautiful lifestyle block originally New Zealand's first Herb Farm. We enjoy animals and sharing our home with our friendly free range cho…

During your stay

We live on the premises in a seperate home away from the cottage with it's own access. One or both of us will invariably be found in or around the garden if required.

Alethea is a Superhost

Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Checkout: 10:00 AM
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

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Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
No carbon monoxide alarm
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Smoke alarm

Cancellation policy