View South to Kaikoura......the end of the day.
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About this listing

Unique rustic style building built from recycled materials where possible to look like an old wooden church. We provide good, clean, comfortable 3 star accommodation suitable for 1 or 2 couples or a family. Situated on a small hill with magnificent views over farmlands to the sea & the Seaward Kaikoura Ranges. Fully self contained, you just need food etc.

The space

Two storied house with large lounge room. Two separate bedrooms down stairs, one with a queen size bed & the other with 2 singles. One queen size bed upstairs within kitchen/dining lounge area. Upstairs is like a studio apartment.

Guest access

Whether it is a couple, 2 couples or family, the whole house is yours. The Artists Retreat although a short distance from our house is nice & private.

Interaction with guests

We live on the property which is a small life style farm with pet animals you can hand feed. It is your holiday so we leave you to enjoy yourselves but are available to answer questions & to help with anything needed. Our pet farm animals love to be patted. We provide bread & carrots to hand feed them.

Other things to note

We have an art gallery to visit displaying paintings by co host Karen James.

The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 4
Check In: 3PM - 10PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s), cat(s), and other pet(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $25 NZD / night after 2 guests
Weekly Discount: 24%
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in time is 3PM - 10PM

The Artists Retreat is strictly NON smoking. Although we clean after you depart we ask you to respect the Artists Retreat & leave it clean & tidy. If you break or damage something please tell us... we don't bite !!

NOTE. All children over the age of 12 months are charged for at the additional guests rate. Under 12 months are free. There is a port a cot available for babies.
For technical reasons we do not have Wi Fi or internet connection in the Artists Retreat. How ever if it is important or urgent our laptop is available in our house. There is free Wi Fi available in town. The nearest is the New World Supermarket which is only several minutes away.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

28 Reviews

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Amy User Profile
May 2017
Stunning location with amazing views. Retreat was very specious and had everything we needed. Bob was there to welcome us, already had the fire going and gave us a great run down on Kaikoura with lots of tips on how to get the most out of our visit. Loved the quirkiness of the retreat and the clever up-cycling. Enjoyed perusing Karen's gallery and feeding the animals. Will recommend to our family and friends.

Jill User Profile
April 2017
Beautiful location, great accommodation, lovely hosts....thank you!

Hannah User Profile
March 2017
Beautiful location, warm welcome. Comfortable house. A log burning stove kept us warm!

Bei User Profile
March 2017
The retreat have a nice view, spectacular view on second floor. Lovely animals. You have everything you need. I will find another holiday in winter to spend some days with my family. Cozy and relaxing stay. Bob light up the fireplace before we arrived which is so sweet!

Kayleigh User Profile
March 2017
A wonderful and unique property set in the scenic Kaikoura countryside. The views are to die for and we enjoyed evenings spent in front of the wood burning fire with a glass of wine. Close to the amenities and adventures Kaikoura has to offer. Would highly recommend!

Rick User Profile
March 2017
In the true spirit of Airbnb Bob and Karen managed to truly share what they love about living there. The cottage is built with plenty of love and character and Karen's art and decorating made the stay especially memorable.

Anne User Profile
March 2017
Karen and Bob were great hosts.We enjoyed staying in the recycled house which is full of quirky features and stacks of character..
Bob User Profile
Response from Bob:
We we just so pleased that Annes' dream day on the ocean seeing the whales & dolphins was achieved. When you come way down here from the other side of the world, things don't always go to plan. This time it did !!
March 2017

Kaikoura, New Zealand · Joined in May 2016
Bob User Profile

Semi retired living an idylic life style in a beautiful coastal township on the East coast of the South island of New Zealand. My wife is Australian & we came to live here from Australia in 2000 .Keen on classic cars, motor racing & travel. Both Karen (my artist wife) & I enjoy meeting people from different parts of the world.

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