Nestled in the trees
Rustic Summer House; hill and sea views, birdsong

Entire home/apt

2 guests

1 bedroom

1 bed
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Separate cosy one room cottage, embedded in native bush hillside with stunning views across the magnificent Lyttelton harbour to the Banks Peninsula. Access by own car from Christchurch for harbourside living. Tranquility and birdsong, fruit trees and berries, strolls through the bush, along the stream, down to the jetty, along the beach or up the summit. Walk up to see the llamas with hospitable hosts willing to share their paradise with you. Very basic amenities. Outdoor bathroom.

The space

We call this space our Summer House. It is a separate space well built out of a recycled children's treehouse slightly down the garden from our beautiful home, Fernhill in Governor's Bay near Christchurch. Fernhill overlooks Governor's Bay and with a magnificent outlook to the Banks Peninsula. We have cats, dogs, chickens and llamas. The Summer House is a place where you can relax on the small veranda and enjoy watching the light change over the Hills. But don't think for a moment that it's only suitable for summer time because it is extremely cosy in winter with very effective combustion heater fired by wood grown on the property. The Summer House is a separate room with a bed. So tranquil and remote. Everyone who stays comes away refreshed. The birdsong morning and evening is exquisite.

Guest access

The only access is by walking down through the trees. It's not far. The toilet is out-of-doors composting.

Interaction with guests

We are usually around to offer any help required. We tend to be late risers in the weekends.

Other things to note

Fernhill is set high in the valley therefore access is steep ask for assistance if you feel concerned about the drive in. There is no handy supermarket, however the Governors Bay Pub does great meals. That's useful because the Summer House has very basic amenities; cold running water, no power - just a small gas stove.

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 0
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 2PM - 6PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s), cat(s), and other pet(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt

Free parking on premises
Smoking allowed
Indoor fireplace

Extra people No Charge
Weekly Discount: 10%
Weekend Price $65 NZD / night
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House Rules
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 2PM - 6PM

Please don't feed our dogs or cats. Smoking outside is fine.


Safety features
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

17 Reviews

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Tristan User Profile
May 2017
Beautiful little cabin, amazing to feel so free of noise and civilisation yet be so close to the city! Great place for a getaway, and to recuperate from the busy-ness of city life. Thanks Simon

Lee User Profile
April 2017
I had a very relaxing stay. Reading, yoga and meditating. So peaceful and quiet with no distractions.

Rachel User Profile
March 2017
I had a wonderfully, peaceful retreat in Simon and sara's beautiful little hut in the woods. Incredible view of the bay through the trees and a great spot to sit and watch the birds in the trees. Thank you for a lovely stay. Was glad to spot the llamas just before I left! I'll be back as soon as I get the chance and will recommend to friends. It was the perfect solo getaway for me. Rachel

Ruby User Profile
January 2017
A great little treehouse/cottage amidst a lot of bush. Great for couples who already love camping (my husband and I said our trip had a real 'glamping' feel to it).

Michael User Profile
January 2017
This is a rustic, bespoke charming cottage set in a wonderful location. If you want to relax, read a book enjoy conversation and privacy then this is for you. Mywife and I had 2 wonderful nights here during our travels and left recharged.

Annie User Profile
December 2016
Lovely place, really tranquil and relaxing would definitely recommend for a quiet getaway.

Madeline User Profile
December 2016
The place was the perfect getaway that wasn't far from home at all. We loved being away from the city for a few days, and this place was an amazing wee haven tucked away in the bush. Would definitely consider coming back!

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Christchurch, New ZealandJoined in June 2013
Simon User Profile

Sara and I live in a lovely place, Governors Bay. We enjoy sharing our apartment and the rustic Summer House with guests and have had many people to stay with us over the years. We enjoy food and good company. We have quite a few pets, dogs, cats and llamas.

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