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Romantic & relaxing private claw foot bath perched on the deck overlooking the river.Stunning deserted sandy beaches a short paddle downstream at Takou Bay.
Magic Cottage - Riverside Romance! Bay of Islands
Magic Cottage - Riverside Romance! Bay of Islands
2 guests
Studio
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
Studio
1 bed
1 bath

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The ultimate romantic retreat! Secluded Magic Cottage with its stunning views of the water is perched on the riverbank, has its own relaxing outdoor claw foot bath, 5 acres of sub-tropical gardens, a private jetty and kayaks, fishing rods and deserted sandy beaches a short paddle downstream, not to mention 150 acres or organic farmland, native bush and river to explore.

The space

Magic Cottage is the ultimate romantic retreat perfect for a couple looking to escape, romance, relax and unwind. Beautifully furnished, the cottage offers unrivalled privacy and seclusion, absolute waterfront accommodation, your own private romantic alfresco claw foot bath perched on the deck overlooking the river and guaranteed peace to romance, unwind, explore the beautiful Bay of Islands, or simple bask in the bliss of doing absolutely nothing!

Guest access

In addition to your own romantic secluded riverfront cottage and private claw foot bath on the deck overlooking the river, guests have access to all the amenities at Takou River including our beautiful 5 acre sub-tropical gardens to wander and explore; the tranquil Takou River to swim, fish, paddle and discover; our private boathouse and jetty with kayaks, canoes and fishing rods to borrow at your leisure; our 150 acre organic farm with marked walks along the river, through pastures and native bush to secluded swimming and picnic spots, and last but not least, the deserted sandy beaches a short paddle downstream at Takou Bay. The tariff includes free WiFi, beautiful linen, fresh flowers, books and magazines, hand made toiletries, gas for the bbq, and free use of the kayaks, canoes and fishing rods. Magic Cottage is private and sole occupancy,

Interaction with guests

Privacy and seclusion are guaranteed, however we are just a phone call away should you need help, information, would like to book a relaxing massage or spa treatment, a gourmet meal or hamper, or the luxurious Hot Tub!

Other things to note

We usually operate a 2 night minimum stay, although can sometimes accommodate a single night, particularly during the winter or mid week, so please ask!

Amenities
Kitchen
Wireless Internet
Free parking on premises
Heating
Prices
Extra people No Charge
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Sleeping arrangements
Common spaces
1 king bed
House Rules
Check-in is anytime after 2PM
Check out by 10AM

Magic Cottage is no smoking and we do not take children or pets.

Cancellations
Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher
Availability
2 nights minimum stay

6 Reviews

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Lyn User Profile
September 2015
Awesome time. Your place had everything we needed and the location absolutely beautiful.

Grace User Profile
May 2017
A truly beautiful place to stay. If you are after a nice private retreat for rest and relaxation cannot recommend magic cottage highly enough. Beautiful location!
Anna User Profile
Response from Anna:
Hi Grace, thank you so much for staying and we really look forward to welcoming you back to Takou River again!
May 2017

Abby User Profile
April 2017
The magic cottage would be truly magical if the deeply attentive hosts invest in a deep cleaning. Based on positive former reviews, my guess is that the space was a bit overlooked for our stay. A plague like amount of bug corpses stuck to the window shades when we unrolled the blinds. Our time was mixed with delight over the beautiful grounds and anxiety over sharing space with a variety of creepy crawly creatures which also take residence in the cottage in all the nooks and crannies. At night, we had to choose between opening windows to allow a breeze into the extremely humid space or sweating through the night to prevent more bugs from entering. We spend most of our summers in a tent, so we are no strangers to the great outdoors, but the amount of bugs in the cottage were a true problem for a 4 night stay. We based our honeymoon trip around availability of the magic cottage because it sounded like the perfect getaway for a couple who loves seclusion and nature...yes, the day baths in the outdoor tub, the grounds, and river kayak were truly epic, but the feeling that lingers most strongly about the experience is insect anxiety. I'm sure Anna will take note of this issue as it could be resolved with comprehensive dusting, sweeping, and replacing area rugs.

Cynthia User Profile
January 2016
Truly a magical cottage. Like spending a night in a Wind in the Willows river house. Peaceful, restful, simple. Perfect for two! Next time we're in the Northland, we'll be sure to return.
Anna User Profile
Response from Anna:
Hi Cynthia and Kevin, we're so glad you had a wonderful time and enjoyed the unique Magic of Takou River! We'd love to welcome you back, and next time you may like to try out the Glamping! Safe travels in the meantime. Anna & Ian
January 2016

Ali User Profile
November 2015
This was a beautiful place to spend the end of our long honeymoon adventure. I understand why it is called the magic cottage now. The days we spent here were both lazy and exhilarating. We loved all the birds, flowers, and walking paths. We really enjoyed walking the stones along the river, kayaking, and the outdoor claw tub. It was a perfect setting. Anna and Ian were gracious hosts and were constantly making sure we had everything we needed. They went out of their way multiple times to make our honeymoon unforgettable. Im so happy we stayed here, and we will definitely be back!
Anna User Profile
Response from Anna:
Thanks Ali, we're so glad you had a fabulous time and we'd love to see you back in New Zealand one day! All the best in the meantime.
November 2015

Jeff User Profile
February 2015
Lovely cottage. Helpful staff. Peaceful and beautiful grounds. A delightful way to completely relax. Nice kayak journey to the ocean. We loved the optional hot tub by the river experience.
Anna User Profile
Response from Anna:
Hi Jeff, Many thanks for the helpful comment about the kayaks. We'll definitely make sure we sort that out! Kind regards, Anna
February 2015

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