Sunday, 1 March 2015

Whangaimona Cottage

 This grand old homestead was built in 1876. We were really lucky and got a tour inside. You can actually stay in the homestead. Isn't she a grand old girl.

 For our stay, we booked the original Coach man's cottage
 It has a potager garden attached to it SWOON


Our own private courtyard


ahh this made me feel at home - the besom is even up the right way.


View from backdoor of the Coach cottage

 The bedroom area - and soo many pillows - it was like having a pillow menu you had so many different types of pillows to choose from.

 The shower/bathroom is off the bedroom door and then a separate door to the toilet.

Hows that for ventilation after your morning constitution

Looking from the kitchen...Taken with all our bags brought in and dumped - So rather messy, but you get the idea.

 I can't believe I didn't take some photos of the kitchen - the folk art painting on the cupboards is stunning. This photo is from Whangaimona Cottage webpage. Click here to view more photos.

 Fresh flowers was a really lovely touch - a vase in the lounge on fire mantel

 A traditional open fire which Jacqui said to light if we wanted to. We would have loved to but didn't as it is late summer and very warm in the evenings. In winter it would be so snug and warm with this fire going.

Another flower arrangement in the bathroom


And... A vase of parsley in the kitchen.

The pantry and fridge was stocked chocker block. Fresh farm eggs, bacon, tomatoes and an apple cucumber from the potager garden. Home made lemon cake, a bowl of sweets, fruit juice, yogurt, a great choice of different cereals, tinned fruit, bread, jams, spreads and a full pantry of staples. Plus the bathroom had sanitary items, first aid kit, toothpaste, soap, shampoo you name it it was there, Totally incredible. We really appreciated the first aid kit - Brent had a very nasty burn on his shoulder, we had brought bandages etc ....But some how the tape got lost between the shop to the car, so we would have been caught out without all this.


On the welcome note left on the table it shared the history about the property and encouraged you take a walk around their land. Signs were posted of which way to go. This is the Valley Walk


Oh my if I could draw what a place to set up an easel


Up on the hill above the homestead there are many more mature trees and a pond too
 In the evening we heard the frogs croaking

 Can you imagine how beautiful it will be in autumn with all the leaves changing colour

An awesome fire pit

 Brent being from an engineering background homed onto the gate latch - hand made by a Blacksmith... Our own house is now over one hundred years old, (This is old for a NZ house) however it was relocated onto our property  - so all our gates have a modern version of this latch... Not as nice as this original one.

 There were plenty of critters to meet - this old donkey was rather well fed... smile.





 Brent caught in the act - Dipping into the feed bin to give a little something extra to the birds.
We saw a sleek black cat which I couldn't capture on photo. We found out he is a resident wild cat and at present is rather miffed ... Jacqui and Alistair had caught him in a trap and he had just been to the vet to have his jewels removed, plus de-fleaed, wormed, vaccinated - the works and just returned from the vets.
Jacqui put tucker out for him but he hadn't eaten it - she said jokingly the vet bill will probably arrive and the cat will never come back.

 A stunning old Pohutakawa tree

One of many old quince trees which has fallen over but are still producing


Jacqui loves gardening and quickly worked out I am a gardener too - she gave me white and pink hollyhock seeds, some galtonia and some Renga renga lily plants which she said she doesn't share often so I was very spoilt and appreciative. Jacqui sent me home also with a large bag of quinces to make some jelly.


We loved our stay at Whangimoana Coach Cottage and highly recommend it. It was beautifully presented and extremely clean. We hope to be back in spring to see all of Jacqui's daffodils out in flower. She grows them  for the Cancer society where ladies bundle the daffodils up for Daffodil Day. Special lady aye!

As we like to visit as many different places as possible we will stay at their Crab Apple Cottage next time.

16 comments:

  1. what a fbulous trip! i love it all. i would really enjoy staying at this place!

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    1. It was wonderful no internet, emails for days I needed the break

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  2. This looks like a wonderful place to stay. I could just live there actually. How long were you there? Too bad you couldn't use the fireplace, it would made for a very cosy tucked up night.

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    1. we stayed 2 blissful nights. We could of used the fireplace but it is late summer over here and we had the fan on to cool us down - but in winter the fire would make the cottage soo snug

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  3. Would love to go visit it hope you had a great stay and was that an orb by the big tree where Brent was standing in.

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    1. put it on your bucket list as a must do. Orbs in our photos drive us nuts - we attract them

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  4. Looks absolutely blissful. I'd rath stay in the cottage too. The other place is way too grand for me lol

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    1. i didn't take photos of the house had camera around my neck - I was too busy enjoying the tour and forgot to take photos. A beautiful old homestead

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  5. What a lovely place to stay. Sort of place I like.

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    1. A must stay when you come down this way well worth it,

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  6. Oh Leanne I am love with that place, so charming and oozing beauty!

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    1. It had a great feel about the place we really enjoyed it,

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  7. Great photos! What a wonderful trip you had! The cottage is so pretty and I love that speckled pig. I want one....LOL Thanks for sharing! Kit

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    1. It was a beautiful property and close to all the sights we wanted to visit. Yea the little pig was cute and got terribly excited when we took her down food.

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  8. looks like a fantastic place to be! I love touring houses, old and not so old, historic and well any!! I love when walls hold histories and I learn a bit. Thanks for the tour :)

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    1. Brent & I both have a love for old things - we even live in a 100 year old home. I had my camera around my neck when touring the homestead but instead of taking photos I just enjoyed it and all the stories Jacqui shared.

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