Situated by a private lake in the country just outside of Kerikeri township. Just off Hiway 10 so easy access to Bay of Islands or Cape Reinga for those wanting to explore the north. We offer a family home and expect our guests to make us their home away from home. You are welcome to join in as much or as little as you like. Great if you are looking for a cross cultural experience.
“Beautiful stay for the Northland with a huge and wonderful garden, perfect for nature lovers! Comfy and clean rooms and delicious breakfast with the lovely and caring hosts. Amazing advices for our stay and trip, we even got a lesson of beekeeping. We felt like at home and could have stayed much longer!”
If you fancy a get away from the hustle and bustle our Hilltop Haven is for you, surrounded by Bush and ocean with only one neighbour it is definitely one of the most restful places to be. You may be lucky enough to see Whales if visiting in October too! We have had a pair in front for the last weeks in Sep. the house is tidy, comfortable and cute with amazing views! Your welcome to have a guest sleep on the sofa but you must bring your own bedding for this. TV is Netflix or by using Apple TV
“We spent a very relaxing week at Dominique's beautiful house and would have been happy to have stayed much longer. The secluded location, with forest views to one side and ocean views/sounds to the other, is remarkably peaceful. Dominique's modern house has been tastefully decorated in quite a unique and somewhat quirky style. We loved the well stocked and functional kitchen, which made us feel right at home from the get go. The local coves and beaches are delightful. Communication with Dominique was very easy. We look forward to returning some day.”
The ultimate romantic retreat! Secluded Magic Cottage, with its stunning views of the water, is perched on the backs of the peaceful Takou River, hidden beneath ancient Pohutukawa trees. The romantic cabin has a relaxing outdoor claw foot bath overlooking the water; wrap around decks, 5 acres of sub-tropical gardens to explore; a private jetty & boathouse, deserted sandy beaches a short paddle downstream; and 150 acres of organic farmland, native bush and river to fish, swim, kayak and explore.
“The Magic Cottage is a secluded and very nicely presented cottage just by the river, located in a group of other similar properties in what basically amounts to a rainforest garden. It's placed off from the other buildings and nicely shielded from outside view, although its important to note that due to the 'working farm' nature of the area, during the day there can occasionally be the sound of chainsaws, ATVs, passing cars, barking dogs etc - although these didn't really bother us. The provided kayaks and equipment were great, as was the advice and suggestions of places we could take them. The BBQ and other amenities were as described and were functional as expected - although the BBQ has clearly seen better days and is missing a few screws and a wheel! One thing that's important to note is the area has basically no mobile phone coverage on either Spark or Vodafone, and the wifi provided (at the time of writing) does not reach the Magic Cottage, instead only being accessible from the guesthouse, located some 500m away). However once you're within signal range it provided rock solid connectivity - just go easy on it - it's only about 5mbit down / 0.8mbit up and is shared with the other guests, due to the rural location! Overall the Magic Cottage was the secluded and private getaway I hoped it would be - though be aware that the surrounding area is a rather busy place, and you should expect to be 'offline' for most of your stay!”