outdoor relax chair
bright dining room
Houses on the farmland
Dining room with french doors
Kitchen

hilltop ocean and valley views

Papatowai, Otago
HISTORIC SITE | WALKING TRACKS

 
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Sleeps up to 4
From $230 tonight
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Sleeps up to 4
From $230 tonight

Hilltop Accommodation is nestled alongside native forest on a sheep and beef farm, overlooking the tiny seaside community of Papatowai, in the heart of the Catlins.

A renovated, turn of the century, former miners cottage it retains its original charm, and is your ideal private family u...

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Essential Stay Info



Eating and Drinking


Breakfast Not Available
Dinner Not Available
Lunch Not Available


Bedding Configuration
Bedroom 1: 1 x Queen bed Bedroom 2: 2 x Single beds Lounge: Sofa Bed


More info about the property
You will have exclusive use of this renovated, turn of the century cottage.

Retaining its original charm, this is your ideal private cosy family unit, featuring master bedroom with ensuite...

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Family Friendly
Sorry, we can't accommodate dogs



Unique kiwi experiences for you


Walk the Picnic Point track
Visit the acclaimed Lost Gypsy Gallery featuring nature inspired handmade gizmos and gadgets
Watch the penguins, seals and sea lions ... surf, tramp, cycle, fish and gather paua

Historical Site


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What we love about this property

We invite you to stay awhile, and share our beautiful ocean and valley views, relax in our tranquil gardens, and wake to the bellbird dawn chorus. Our place is warm and comfortable even if the weather...

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Activities on or nearby this property


Be By The Water
Caves
Cycle Tracks
Do Something Different
Get On Your Bike
Hiking | Tramping
Nature Walks
Nature Walks and Tramps



Amenities


Birdlife
Dishwasher
Fishing Access (BYO gear)
Microwave
Sealed roads only
South Island
Washing Machine



Reviews

Couldn't have imagined a better place to be our home base while we experience the Catlins

Just loved this place - comfy bed, magic views, very relaxing

A jewel in the Catlins!!



About your host, Stuart




Our families have loved, lived and toiled in the Catlins for well over a hundred years. The Hilltop story really began around 1880 when Murdoch and Mary McLennan and their eight children settled in the Tahakopa Valley. Many local place names, including nearby Florence Hill (the lookout to Tautuku Bay) are named after this pioneer farming family from Scotland who are direct ancestors of the present owners.

A grandfather of two of the present owners, Henry Evans, grew up in nearby Tahakopa in the early 1900's, where he went to school and worked at a local sawmill with his father. Later he married and raised a family of nine children, while working down the road at a sawmill at Niagara near Waikawa.

The visitor accommodation began around 1993 when Rodney McDonald, brother and son of the present owners (and great great grandson of Murdoch and Mary McLennan), saw the need to provide somewhere for the increasing numbers of tourists to stay and enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of this unspoilt area. He transported the former Te Anau schoolhouse by truck to his farm, and five years later also moved the century old coal miners cottage from Kaitangata , near Balclutha. Both houses were refurbished to create Hilltop.

Hilltop ocean and valley views is now run by a team of family and local duty managers who feel the need to retain and enhance this special lodge for our guests.



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