An old telegraph office, dating from the 1865 gold-rush days, the Dew Drop Inn later became a temporary bar, hence it's intriguing name. Rustic, full of character and old-school "homely' - this is an ideal cottage to escape from life for a while. Pull out the puzzles and board games, or wrap yourself up in a wooly blanket with a good book or vino in hand!
Guests are expected to leave the Dew Drop Inn as they find it - in a clean and tidy manner. This is a self-catering cottage. There are linens/towels provided. Bedrooms are at either end of the lounge. There is a double bed/room at one end, and a double/single bunk/room at the other.
The Dew Drop Inn is warm and comfortable. It has a corrugated iron exterior, and tidy but worn interior. There is a log burner (plus an electric heater) with plenty of insulation in the ceiling for the cooler months. There is a fully equipped kitchen complete with pots, frypan, slow-cooker, microwave, electric oven, fridge/freezer, crockery, cutlery, utensils etc. The dining table seats four. The bathroom contains a toilet, shower (low pressure so a weak flow) and vanity unit. There is at present NO washing machine.
There is plenty of off-street parking (to the left of the main driveway) and a private garden area surrounding the cottage. NOTE: the cottage is separated from the highway by a fenced hedgerow, but the driveway itself is not gated. Young children must be supervised at all times. There is also an unfenced pond on the property, although it is some distance from the cottage.
Keys will be in a hidey-hole of which details will be provided closer to your stay.
Interaction with guests
Due to my wandering ways I may, or may not be around to greet you on arrival, but with access information you are able to move in immediately and make yourselves at home.
Other things to note
The Dew Drop Inn is situated beside the highway, and road noise is to be expected. Due to the age of the cottage, the nature of the environment and possible time lapse between guests, it may be that an occasional spider or bug moves in. These are all harmless (consider them pets), and can be ushered back outside to where they belong.
PLEASE BE AWARE that Bealey is an isolated place. It is 12kms to the nearest village where there is a store with very limited supplies (no fresh veg). If you are wishing to grocery shop it is advisable to do so on the West Coast (Greymouth or Hokitika) or in Christchurch on the East Coast, before heading up to the mountains.
If staying at the Dew Drop Inn, guests are expected to self-clean the cottage, leaving it in a tidy manner. All dishes are to be washed and stored, the floor mopped/vacuumed, and bathroom cleaned. Cleaning products are supplied. Please ensure the beds are stripped, and dirty laundry is placed in the grey basket.
PLEASE do not feed the wildlife, they are more than able to fend for themselves!
Due to Bealey's remoteness, and my comings and goings, it would be very much appreciated if rubbish could be taken with you on departure. (Rubbish skips are in Arthur's Pass to the west - and Springfield to the east).
Thanking you in advance and, with appreciation.....
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I am very passionate about travel and the wilderness, whether mountaineering, trekking, hunting, fishing, exploring some distant corner of the globe, or taking photographs - the expectation of heading away somewhere keeps me enthusiastic about life.