The Greenwood Guide to New Zealand

Cove 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.

Sue and Nigel Hutchinson
Jetty 45, Double Cove, Picton, Marlborough

Tel: + 64 (0)3-573-4153
Cell: + 64 (0)21-433-921
No fax number available

It’s not everywhere you can go for a daybreak stroll in your pyjamas without fear of embarrassment, but at Cove Cottage that is exactly what I did. Lazily reclining on the second peninsula of Double Cove this unpretentious bach trails its gaze through blue topaz waters on both sides.....

.... Wedged between a rising backdrop of private woodland and the sea, this ‘boat-access-only’ spot is an entirely secluded resort in itself. Between much laughter and stories of Land Rover adventures through Africa, Kiwi-Sue and Brit-Nigel told me of quirky Cove Cottage's development from its humble origins as a ramshackle shed. Wonderfully friendly and fascinating people, they have injected the cottage with a full dose of character. The marine motif is subtle and interesting: driftwood-framed mirror, old shell-shaded lights on pulley systems, flags and lighthouses. Also the ‘sleep out,’ a romantic hideaway with its own en-suite bathroom just up the path, is great for couples (although the beds can be twins if required). You won't be watching the TV with kayaks, rowing-boats, walks and art materials to play with, but you could always pop on ‘Goodbye Porkpie’ which was produced by your host! The deck next to the dock takes full advantage of a BBQ-friendly sunspot. Here I imagine many a sunset sinking into the night carried on a wave of fun, food... and probably booze. Private walking tracks in hills around the bay and a link to the Queen Queen Charlotte track walk (perhaps accompanied by friendly lab Fraser) and dolphin-watching trips are arranged as well as tours to bird and animal sanctuaries.

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Symbols: No Smoking    No Credit Cards Accepted    Children Welcome    Swimming in Pool/Sea/River    Good Hiking or Walking    Fishing    Self-catering Option    Whale-watching from Property    Beach-house Property    Boats or Charters    Canoeing    Bird-watching Enthusiasts    
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Rooms: 1 self-catering cottage: 1 double room with king-size bed and 1 twin room with shared shower. Additional king/twin with e/s shower in the 'cabin'.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Fully self-catering. BBQ facilities and gas supplied. Can pre-arrange cupboards to be stocked beforehand with basic supplies, provided list sent at time of booking.
Directions: 4km from Picton. Boat access only. Details of water taxis operating from Picton will be emailed on confirmation.

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