Accolades – What our guests say

Amazing !
Rachael Hunter, March 2012

What a wonderful place in paradise to stay. Your hospitality was fantastic. Fresh flowers in each room on arrival as well as fresh fruit, bread milk etc. A great touch. We loved coming home each night after skiing/walking to a lovely warm fire. The cottage is so homely with fantastic views from each window.
John & Megan Freemantle Western Australia, August 2013

Once again thank you for a very enjoyable stay in your lovely cottage. Although we were busy skiing, fishing , touring, adventuring and go-karting this stay has been relaxing! It is so nice to get away from the bustling city to this lovely haven each year.
Sharon & Colin Wellington August 2013

Only one thing to say we will be back. A totally awesome stay.
Jo Carl & Oliver Auckland September 2013

A Hidden Gem
Dave & Sue Invercargill October 2013

What a pleasure – thank you. A lot of thought has gone into making this a very welcoming and comfortable place to stay and so many touches which make a place.
Angus & Lorna & Irene East Sussex UK October 2013

A lovely stay, we were made to feel very welcome, we couldn’t have been better looked after. It really is the most beautiful place to stay, sorry to leave.
Stuart, Hannah & Danielle Lakes District England. November 2013

Having spent many visits here – all have been delightful experiences. We love the comfort – it’s a home from home atmosphere – and the wonderful relationship we have built up over the years.
Tom & Jean Sunshine Coast Queensland November 2013

Our favourite place in New Zealand
Richard & Eliza Boulder USA December 2013

A quiet corner in a wonderful country
Lella & Stefano, Italy, December 2013

We truly LOVED staying here for a couple of weeks. We really appreciated your hospitality and fresh vegetables. Thanks also for caring about how my Wanaka half race went! New Zealand is quite far from home for us, but we are hoping to make it to lake Hawea another time soon.
Steph and Mike, January 2014, Switzerland.

Thanks for a wonderful relaxing time. Great hospitality and generosity. Slept soundly so we were refreshed to enjoy all this wonderful location has to offer. A great find for a traveller.
David & Julie, Wales U. K. Jan/Feb 2014

It was lovely to meet again, and stay at a very comfortable cottage,which has all modern comforts. Greeted with lovely flowers and fruit and things in the kitchen. Tomas had a great time fishing. We hope to come back again in the future.

Dory & Tomas Melbourne Australia February 2014

What a beautiful and cosy cottage! Perfect quiet place with wonderful views. Thank you very much for your warm hospitality . We love the unique persn touches especially the flowers. Self groiwn vegetables were more than we could ask for. Amazing!!

Thomas & Ingeborg, Switzerland March 2014


We decided to stay overnight around Lake Hawea, and  spotted a sign to the Bellbird Cottage,  close enough to give it a try.  Bellbird Cottage is in a lovely setting, luxurious and yes, was a very good rate.


Our host showed us the cottage, brought in fresh fruits and freshly cut roses and got the fire started. We quickly felt at home and decided to take advantage of the fully equipped kitchen and cook our own dinner.

e had a second morning coffee with our host and their neighbours at their regular get together. We learned more about the area, the lake and how all of them ended up in such a nice place.

Ulrich , a neighbour, moved here from Switzerland and is now dedicating his time to professional photography. He is using large and medium format cameras like Sinai and Hasselblad to create stunning nature and wildlife photography.    My camera equipment looks in comparison like toys.

later in the day we went for a longer walk along the shore of the lake and enjoyed the beautiful scenery and tranquillity.

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johannweber | ( John and Maria Weber, Germany) December 18, 2014 at 10