About this listing
A unique "BED & BREAKFAST" experience in an artists home.
Situated in peaceful Takamatua Valley, 3 minutes from Akaroa, 90 minutes from Christchurch.
"A dreamy romantic home, artistically decorated with heart & soul."
Relax in nature, Bliss...
Highly recommend staying longer than one night!
"My home is your home" during your stay so WELCOME.....
THE GUEST ROOM:
A large sunny room with wonderful valley views and private access via french door onto deck.
Queen Bed with pure wool underlay, electric blanket, quality bed linen.
Day Bed/Divan offers additional sleeping option & can be converted into a small double bed most suitable for young children
This bed is a a nice big size for a single adult but I think perhaps a little small for 2 adults!
Fresh air dried bed linen & towels
Electric blanket & pure wool underlay
Tea/coffee facilities & home baking
Brochures & Local restaurant guides
Unlimited fast wifi!
A lovely space to share for friends or a young family.
Please do ask if you require an additional room.
At an extra cost I occasionally give guests my own personal room, with queen bed, great views & beautiful linen & artfully decorated. I am happy to offer this room to accommodate 2 separate couples!
Please inquire first prior to booking if you think you may like the extra space.
There is a shared bathroom in the house (sorry no ensuite)... But I am saving towards one!
Total privacy & respect is given to guests & there are locks on both the bathroom & toilet doors!
The toilet is in a separate room next to bathroom.
My artworks are on display in this relaxing room, as well as gift cards featuring photographs of original canvases and portraits of the garden.
.... Hand painted silks are festooned down the hallway towards the guests room.
....All artworks etc are avaliable for purchase upon request....a nice gift or momento to take home!
....Garden fresh flowers are featured in not only the guest room but throughout the home.... Yes this IS how I actually live! I love nature.
Food & Refreshments:
.... A substantial continental breakfast is included in your stay.
.... Treat yourself to "Devonshire Tea" (tea/coffee with served with freshly baked scones, jam & whipped cream) by prior arrangement between 3-4.30pm
I am sure you will enjoy your stay in this relaxing environment.
.... Remember to "stop and smell the roses".....
Private access to guest room via french door onto deck.
The house is elevated and has fabulous views.
There is a large deck surrounding the house with seating options and access to wander down through the extensive cottage garden, at your leisure.
There is further seating on the lower deck.
In the spring/summer it is full of old fashioned David Austin roses and is treat to the sences.
Interaction with guests
I enjoy meeting travellers and people in general so to the best of my ability I will be here for you.
I am happy to share my knowledge of the area with you, make suggestions of restaurants and help with any bookings
Please do not hesitate to ask for my help.
Other things to note
If you have an appreciation of beauty you will love your stay with me.
I love the finer details in life and bring this into my every day living.
.... Breakfast is just not breakfast.
..... You get fresh fruit juice, homemade museli, yogurt, fresh fruit, crossiants or homemade bread (depending on the day) coffee and or tea.
You will need a car to get here.
Please notify me your arrival time on the day of check in.
Kitchen is not available for guests use, sorry..
I am happy to make reservations for you at local Akaroa resturants or cafes, of which there are many to choose from.
I don't allow dogs on my property for 2 reasons~
1. I have a cat called Betsy!
2. I live beside a sheep farm
3. Please no takeaway foods in the guest room. There are many lovely seating/eating options outside on the decks!
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.
I am a mixed media artist and have lived in and near Akaroa for over 30 years. Having lived in the peaceful & beautiful Takamatua Valley for over 17 years when I was very fortunate to purchase a unique home for my daughter and I. It is only 3minutes from Akaroa and set in a rural environment with stunning views of the surrounding valley and hills. Birdsong fills the air.... bliss!
I have a large cottage garden as well as vegetable plots which I am often pottering about in. When I am not in the garden you will find me working on one of my mixed media paintings, re-purposing furniture or painting on silk. I am rarely idol!
I enjoy sharing my "space" and environment with others. For many years I often hosted overseas students, from both Taiwan & Japan. Sometimes having up to 3 extra "daughters" living with my daughter Faith and I for 3 weeks at a time whilst they attended Akaroa Area School.
As my daughter Faith is now getting older decided to "open my doors" further and extend the home to travellers, whom I know will enjoy our environment.
I offer art workshops in both mixed media art and in silk painting, for those that are interested.
When I am not listening to the bird-song there is often music playing throughout the home, gentle sounds to soothe the soul.
I very much enjoy cooking, so there will often be homemade baking for you to enjoy.
Evening meals are also offered with prior arrangement at an additional cost. I endeavour to aquire local produce and of course fresh vegetables from my garden.
Although I have not travelled far I love to meet people from other lands and cultures. My life has very much been one of a "lifestyle" choice, yet I am keen to travel in the future.
My motto in life is "DO WHAT YOU LOVE " and "Dismiss whatever insults the soul".