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Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 28 December 2012

We spent Christmas at The Last Straw Cottage which started with one of those 'could it really be?' moments when we turned into the driveway to see the most beautiful cottage we could have imagined. It wouldn't look out of place in the Cotswolds. The cottage can comfortably accommodate 6 people in 3 beautifully furnished bedrooms. Every detail has been...

Thank ofoww
Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
Reviewed 29 October 2012

Absolutely fantastic, I regularly use the cottage and would live there if I could. Immaculate condition, beautiful surroundings and a very good baker who pops cakes in whenever I am there!! Thanks Lynne!! :-) The cottage has two beautifully outfitted bedrooms, with wonderful views! The two singles are wonderful for using as day beds, or if you have children! I...

Thank Kate W
Reviewed 27 October 2012

Situated among beautiful rolling hills we were excited to drive up to this beautiful cottage. The lawns were immaculate and everything well landscaped and lovingly cared for. We arrived at dusk in early October and it was lovely and warm inside. Lynne and Jon knew that one of us had a significant birthday and to our amazement there was a...

1Thank minstrelbrownsbay
Reefton, New Zealand
Reviewed 27 October 2012

It's hard not to relax here, even with our three VERY active young girls racing around, checking out the house and garden, racing down the long drive on the bikes, climbing the fields to see who could get closest to the sheep or going for a talk to the horses. They had a wonderful time busying themselves with the surrounds,...

Thank Ausfan J
Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 19 October 2012

Our family were fortunate enough to stay at the Last Straw Cottage for 7 nights. We needed a peaceful place away from Christchurch where we live. When we drove up the drive towards the cottage we were overwhelmed with the beauty, serenity and peaceful surroundings. Our daughter immediately fell in love with the horses in the paddocks surrounding the cottage....

1Thank Natasha S
Reviewed 18 July 2012

We stayed at the last straw cottage for a week last winter. It was a fabulous place with pleanty of breakfast provisions with 3 bedrooms (2 queens), a large kitchen, very comfortable loungeroom with TV, DVD, CD player etc, bathroom and laudry together with plenty of breakfast provisions (milk, juice, cereal, fresh eggs and muffins) provided by the loviliest of...

2Thank James M
Northampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 30 April 2012

I have tried to book Last Straw Cottage a number of times over the years but it has always been full so I was thrilled to finally book a 2 night stay here in March. It was all I expected and more. A beautiful property in stunning countryside with everything you could want. The kitchen is really well stocked, with...

2Thank MMJM
Portland, Oregon
Reviewed 13 March 2012

Our family stayed at The Last Straw Cottage in March 2012. We had traveled around NZ for two months and felt so lucky to land at Lynn and Jon's very special cottage for eight nights (was supposed to be 7 but we luckily were able to extend it one day). It was by far our most comfortable stay in all...

2Thank JeanneKHermann
Reviewed 8 February 2012

January 2012 was our third visit to the Last Straw Cottage and the third time we have been charmed by our hosts Lynne and John and delighted by this 'home from home' cottage. If you seek a sense of solitude and relaxation whilst being a short drive from local amenities, sandy beaches, crystal clear rivers and impressive mountain ranges then...

1Thank Darryl G
Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 4 December 2011

The cottage is just perfect, like the ones in the postcards, but with all the modern comfort you may need. It´s the perfect mix between country cottage and a 5 stars hotel. The welcome is amazing, with home made bread, milk, newspaper... the owner is the best host I ever met. The quality of the beds, lights, sofas is wonderful,...

2Thank Diana D

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Additional Information about The Last Straw Cottage

Address: Mt Heslington Road, Brightwater, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Brightwater
Price Range: $276 - $305 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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“It will be difficult to drag yourself away from this beautiful place but I recommend a visit to Rabbit Island for a swim and relax on the beach. Abel Tasman national park is also easy to get to.”
 of 5 bubbles ofoww, 27 Dec 2012 | Read review
“Rooms looking over the hill are beautiful and have a TV should you wish to chill in bed in the mornings!”
 of 5 bubbles KateW290, 28 Oct 2012 | Read review
“Fully equipped and stocked laundry also a godsend when travelling with children!”
 of 5 bubbles AusfanJ, 26 Oct 2012 | Read review
“We found the Queen bed in the room on the southern side of the house the most comfortable”
 of 5 bubbles JamesM780, 17 Jul 2012 | Read review
“There are 3 rooms, two doubles and one with two single beds. All beautifully decorated with good quality bedlinens.”
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 of 5 bubbles MMJM, 30 Apr 2012 | Read review
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