The Greenwood Guide to New Zealand

Istana Coastal Cottage

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Please note that this guide was last updated a few years ago (2009), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Sara and Bernard Isherwood
366 Coastal Highway, RD 1, Richmond, Nelson

Tel: + 64 (0)3-544-1979
Cell: + 64 (0)21-255-1555
Fax: + 64 (0)3-544-1979

Bernard’s official title, he won’t thank me for pointing out, is the rather impressive "Colonel Bernard William Ramsbottom-Isherwood (ret’d)". Yet (despite this) he and wife Sara could well be the most relaxed couple in this book.....

.... After returning from a stint in Malaysia, they’ve certainly found themselves a relaxing place to live. The Waimea Estuary stretches away in front of you to distant mountains while Rabbit Island pops up in the foreground. The table down by the water at the end of their property is a magical spot to sit and enjoy the evening. I could not believe that more houses hadn’t encroached on the area, because as far as I could see, Bernard and Sara have this end of the inlet all to themselves. Lucky them. Istana means ‘palace’ in Malay and there is much asiatica in the guest cottage that sits in the garden near the house. It is built of rammed earth and is open-plan and high-ceilinged with lots of Canadian cypress, matai and rimu. There are Philippine armchairs made of vast bamboo poles, Chinese silk paintings and a fully-equipped kitchen, while big windows usher in floods of light. The Isherwoods say that the cottage is very popular with potters and painters and it’s a great place to while the day away. I imagine picking some of the garden’s grapefruit or feijoa, wandering down to the canoes and paddling, and nibbling for hours. Swimming pool and tennis court. Children over 12 welcome.

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Symbols: No Smoking    Special Wheelchair Access    Off-street Parking    Swimming in Pool/Sea/River    TV in All Rooms    Fishing    Self-catering Option    Horses available    Boats or Charters    Canoeing    Bird-watching Enthusiasts    
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Rooms: 1 cottage: queen room and double bed sharing shower.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Continental breakfast provisions provided (including free range eggs from the resident chooks). Self-cater for dinner or drive 8km to Mapua.
Directions: From Nelson, head towards the west on SH6. Turn north on SH60 towards Collingwood. Istana is 9.6km from that junction on the right. Emergency number 366.

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