Kotare Muse: a bijou chalet for two

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Entire guesthouse hosted by Julie

2 guests, 1 bedroom, 1 bed, 1 bath
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A private 3-room guest chalet located 3.5km from Takaka. Renovated to high standards, offering compact, comfortable living for a couple (or single person): Queen bedroom with luxury bed linen; shower room; sitting room with kitchenette; small garden with its own deck and BBQ.

The space
Kotare Muse (named for the NZ kingfisher that often pauses nearby) is our charming guest chalet located in a garden setting adjacent to our home.

Thoughtfully refurbished to maximise the living space, with quality furnishings throughout, the good-sized bedroom features a comfortable queen bed dressed in luxury linen, complemented with a large wardrobe (includes shelves & drawers), bedside drawers and an easy chair. En suite shower room with toilet & vanity. The cosy living room has two comfy leather recliners, FreeView TV, dining table and chairs, plus a kitchenette amply equipped with everything needed to prepare light and easy meals: kettle, toaster, microwave, small fridge, sink and utensils (please note there is no hob or oven available). Double French doors open onto a covered veranda with garden views, creating a light, airy atmosphere; a perfect relaxing holiday retreat after a busy day exploring Golden Bay's environs.

In addition:
• Nespresso coffee machine with milk frother (bring your favourite nespresso compatible coffee capsules).
• Quality gas barbecue with side-burner, plus accessories.
• Deck with table and chairs for al fresco relaxing/dining.
• Tower fan for helping to keep cool on hot days and nights.
• Insect screens on all windows.
• Heaters in all rooms.
• Electric blanket for warming the bed on cooler nights.
• A selection of books & games for lazy days.
• A selection of brochures & leaflets about the many things to do locally.
• Free unlimited Wi-Fi.
• Loan of beach towels, if required.

Accommodation is for a maximum of two responsible adults, and is not suitable for children of any age. The living spaces are on two levels, so unfortunately would not be appropriate for people with limited mobility.

Where you'll sleep

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1 queen bed

What this place offers

Kitchen
Wifi
Free parking on premises
TV
Patio or balcony
Backyard
Hair dryer
Refrigerator
Microwave
Security cameras on property

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Where you’ll be

Takaka, Golden Bay, New Zealand

Framed by three of New Zealand's premiere wilderness regions - Farewell Spit Nature Reserve, scenic Abel Tasman National Park & the vast Kahurangi National Park - with superb weather patterns both summer & winter, and a small, diverse yet friendly population, Golden Bay is a unique, natural enclave. Altogether creating an appealingly remote location, with an easily accessible spirit.

Kotare Muse is located in a small, riverside rural-residential area, some 4 minutes drive east of the thriving Takaka township, and halfway towards the bustling Pohara beachside communities. Good cafés and restaurants, supermarket and shops, cinema and an eclectic mix of artists' galleries and workshops are only a few minutes drive away. Our small community has views across verdant pastures to the rugged mountains, and we are centrally located for access to all of Golden Bay's numerous natural attractions and walking tracks.

Hosted by Julie

  1. Joined in October 2014
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Originally from UK, I have been living in Golden Bay, NZ for 14 years. My partner, Mark (originally from UK too), and I are a friendly and caring couple. We really enjoy meeting and welcoming people to our lovely guest chalet 'Kotare Muse' and pride ourselves on providing not only a clean, comfortable haven, but a happy place to chill out while holidaying in Golden Bay. We respect our guests' privacy but if they wish, we're delighted to provide advice on things to see and do locally, plus share stories of travels both in New Zealand and further afield. Professionally, I help run a nature photography business, working with Mark and his business partner Tui - they are naturalists, award-winning wildlife photographers and authors, with over 16 books published worldwide and photos appearing in publications in over 40 countries. Our most recent publications include: 2 books for children - one about the animals of the Galápagos Islands and what they do over a 24 hour period and and ABC book; two new pocket guides on Galapagos Land Birds and Galapagos Seabirds; a paperback book with gorgeous photos and facts on Galapagos.
Originally from UK, I have been living in Golden Bay, NZ for 14 years. My partner, Mark (originally from UK too), and I are a friendly and caring couple. We really enjoy meeting an…

During your stay

When possible we will welcome our guests on arrival. We live on-site and our office is just across the road, so guests may see us passing by occasionally. We respect our guests' privacy, but would be happy to chat or offer advice and suggestions about the many exciting things to do in and around Golden Bay.
When possible we will welcome our guests on arrival. We live on-site and our office is just across the road, so guests may see us passing by occasionally. We respect our guests' pr…

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House rules

Checkout: 10:00 a.m.
Self check-in with lockbox
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

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