Our self-catering accommodation is set amongst organic gardens, native bush and birdlife. Enjoy a stay at Chestnut Cottage in the Waiare Valley in the Far North, centrally located close to Kerikeri, the Puketi Forest and beautiful beaches.
Come and enjoy your stay at Chestnut Cottage – self catering accommodation situated in the Waiare Valley, centrally located close to Kerikeri, the Puketi Forest and beautiful beaches. If you are looking for an escape from busy everyday life to a tranquil and private retreat, this is the perfect place for you.
Chestnut Cottage is a remarkably beautiful place to visit. We understand very well the importance of having a nourishing space, and to be able to feel relaxed when away from one’s own home. We have a large certified organic garden and share vegetables and eggs with our guests when available.
The one bedroom accommodation is set in gardens away from the main house and provides privacy and a relaxed atmosphere. There is a fully equipped kitchen as part of a large and spacious open plan lounge/dining area, the bedroom has a king size bed, and the bathroom has a walk-in shower space. The lounge and bedroom both open out onto a deck area with outdoor furniture. Quality linen is provided.
The entire cottage and deck is for guest use, and you are welcome to walk around the orchard and enjoy the short bush walk on the property. Talk to us about where you can see glow worms at night.
Prices are arranged to provide affordable, beautiful and spacious accommodation with a full kitchen and cooking facilities (benchtop oven and two hobs) for up to two people at a time. A BBQ is also available for guest use.
There is a 2 night minimum stay and there may be a minimum stay of 5 nights for popular times.
This is a place to have a real break from mobile phone and television although there is a television screen and a DVD player (DVD's are available from your hosts on request). WiFi is now available for emails.
Suggestions for your stay in Chestnut Cottage:
Organic vegetables and herbs may be provided free for your use depending on availability. Organic eggs can be purchased from your hosts depending on availability.
Ask Trish and Gijs if you would like to:
•Book a massage with Jenny our local masseuse
•Be introduced to the farm animals
•Light a fire
•Sort something else for your stay
Wherever possible it would be really lovely if you could:
Save water by toilet flushing only when needed
Place toilet sanitary products in the bin provided.
Wear shoes outside rather than inside the house
Empty all bins, put rubbish and recycling in the bins near the entrance
Empty the compost (all fruit/veg/egg/seafood scraps) in the black square compost bin near the entrance.
Wash, dry and put away all dishes, cooking pots/utensils/equipment used
Return books, art materials to their places
Let Trish and Gijs know if anything is needing repair/replacement/refill
Thank you for your consideration and have a wonderful stay.
Trish and Gijs live 50m away from the cottage allowing privacy (visual and auditory) for guests but are available if assistance is needed.
Uenuku has been our home for the last 8 years. Uenuku is the Maori word for Rainbow – the bridge between heaven and earth. After living in Wellington for 35 years, we decided to move to Northland to have and enjoy a more self-sufficient lifestyle. We have built an eco-home on our land, and enjoy the benefits of solar water and heating in our home. As well as our own home, we offer Chestnut Cottage as separate, private accommodation for guests.
We have travelled frequently over the years to Europe, Indonesia, the Pacific and Australia and enjoy meeting people from all cultures. Gijs came to New Zealand from Holland 35 years ago and speaks Dutch and English, and Trish is a New Zealander. We produce most of our food from our organic vegetable garden. We share our property with Suri and Shardi, our two Persian cats, chickens, ducks and bees. We maintain the trails through native tree areas on our land. We enjoy being close to some beautiful beaches and the Puketi Forest.
Our own personal interests include life with animals, nature and growing organic food; the arts, personal growth and others who appreciate these. We value mutual understanding/respect for people, animals and nature. It is a pleasure for us to share our beautiful paradise with others, and to offer a base for visitors to explore the historical, cultural and natural heritage of this beautiful part of the world.