Some Recent Guest Reviews - Guthrie Cottage Holiday Home

Some Recent Guest Reviews

“The views are outstanding! One day you have a southerly storm blowing up the harbour and next day the harbour is as still as a pond. Guthrie Cottage is the best place to be in all seasons with its underfloor heating and ‘box seat’ above the harbour”. –Jane & Rohan, Melbourne

“A beautiful place with a beautiful view.”

“Pity they couldn’t organise beautiful weather, but it didn’t really matter as we just hibernated and enjoyed the cottage. “It went fantastic! The place was wonderful and clean and lots of fun.”

“Wonderful views and location and we got engaged at this property! Highly recommended.”This is a beautiful spot and a beautiful cottage.”

“The cottage was nice and cozy for my elderly mother. “Great location, well-sorted accommodation.”

“Suited our needs for two couples over the weekend, would stay again “It is the perfect place to stay, very comfortable cottage and very clean.”    

“It is located on the on the beachfront in Eastbourne and has lovely views across the Bay from the enclosed verandah.” 

Beautiful accommodation in a relaxing environment
 Entering the front garden, which looks to the stunning water views, led us inside to an immaculate decor totally suited to a cottage by the sea. Fresh flowers, a small Christmas cake and Christmas tree, pantry cupboard with various goodies and supplies of items, which made moving in so convenient, all lived up to the five-star standard. It was easy to relax, we enjoyed walking into town and Days Bay. Nice coffee shops, cafes etc, all that we needed. A return visit will be a pleasure.
Peaceful, cosy, clean and luxurious cottage.
 The cottage is loved, well appointed and luxurious. The village is peaceful and plenty to do around here. Suitable for all who wish to be away from the city.
Very informative guest book. Gracious hosts.

“Lulled to sleep by the sound of the gentle waves
Just lovely! Hard to imagine a more wonderful cottage! All the modern amenities, plus the old world charm of its original wood floors, gas fireplace, and ambience. Delightful sea-views and at night you can be lulled to sleep by the sound of the gentle waves just steps away…there is no traffic between you and the bay. Neighbours close by, but still very private. It won the perfect bed of the trip award with the only down comforter we encountered. So comfortable, luxurious, and romantic!
Jennifer Lay – Singapore

A wonderful experience
Recently, after a 2 week tour holiday, we were happy to settle in for a month and enjoy the beautiful and relaxing area of Eastbourne Beach, Lower Hutt, NZ. When we travel, and we have travelled much, our accommodation is of great importance to us, but especially this time as it was to be for almost a full month.

As we arrived at our destination, Guthrie Cottage, we were delighted! This cottage has character, and also a very interesting history to learn about. It is generously outfitted with everything needed, nothing overlooked for our comfort. The furnishings are comfortable, beautifully decorated and well cared for. We were so pleased to see a fireplace which we enjoyed on the cooler nights.
The owners are very discrete, and yet also extremely helpful and thoughtful when anything is needed. Thanks for that John and Bill!
 The views from Guthrie Cottage are amazing as you look out across the sea to Wellington. We liked watching the ships, some cruise ships, coming and going. At night, the lights of Wellington are magical and never to be forgotten – a beautiful sight!
Eastbourne itself is a charming town just a short walk from the beach (10 -12 min.). When our grand-kids came for a visit after school or for a visit from Wellington on Saturday, the walk to Eastbourne was all about some of the delicious ice-creams. There you will find many quaint shops, good restaurants, a great fresh market and a good grocery store, plus playgrounds for kids to enjoy.
We can hardly say enough about our memorable, wonderful stay in Guthrie Cottage. Our sincere thanks to the owner for sharing this gem with a couple of Canadians who now have a place in their hearts for NZ.
Tough to please, Canada

“Love the outdoor bath!”
Beautiful, well appointed, luxury cottage, like staying in a 5-star hotel. Very, very clean, chocolates on pillows, a little sprig of flowers in the bathroom, quality fixtures and fittings, full gourmet kitchen, deliciously comfortable beds! Warm central heating, Surround sound TV viewing system, walk straight out to the beach, amazing views across the harbour. Lovely people to deal with, rang to check we were happy. Thoroughly memorable stay. Children loved outside bath even in the rain!!
Peg – Central Otago 🙂 

Just perfect”
Based on the website our expectations of Guthrie Cottage were high, but they were far exceeded when we arrived. It has a perfect location by the beach with wonderful views of the bay. Inside it is decorated to a very high standard and comes equipped with everything you’ll ever need so with nearby shops and a great ferry service running 2km up the road from Days Bay across to Wellington there’s little need to use the car. All in all a superb cottage and we had a brilliant stay there-thank.


The view is our Screensaver

…another sunset from Guthrie Cottage looking to the south.

The View is Our Screensaver!
On our annual trip to NZ we always spend some time at Guthrie Cottage. We love the seaside village atmosphere of Eastbourne, and the drive around the bays is magnificent. Guthrie Cottage has superb amenities and is wonderfully comfortable. We enjoy the outdoor lifestyle in New Zealand, and particularly enjoy walking along the foreshore, playing in the nearby park or taking the short stroll to Eastbourne village. To spend time in the front garden enjoying the views across the harbour to Wellington City is one of the highlights of our time in New Zealand.
Mags Haley – Dubai, United Arab Emirates  


Absolutely Stunning
Decided that it was time for some R and R and what better place to go than to the seaside for the weekend. Even though it was getting into the cooler wintery months in NZwinteruse was cosy, warm and very inviting. As soon as we opened the door we knew it was going to be a weekend well remembered, and we definitely were not disappointed, the cottage lived up to the great reviews we had read from many other people who had stayed. John and Tracey were great to deal with and were round in a second when I had an initial mishap with not being able to open the safety lock for the key, John also called on the Saturday evening to ensure that everything was going well, we appreciated that. The amenities in the cottage are of an excellent standard, everything you ever need is right there at hand. The view from the cottage is out-standing, we sat in the dinning area in the morning and had a beautiful view across to the Wellington harbour which you cannot beat on a fine day. Stepped right outside the gate and was on the waterfront which was a lovely walk along the Eastbourne coastline. The cottage is a must for anyone wanting to just chill and have a relaxing time without the noise and bustle of the city. We highly recommend the property and thank John and Tracey for opening up and sharing their beautiful beachside property with us. A definite return for us hopefully not in the too distant future.
Debra C – Wellington  


Cozy Cottage with Sea views
Stayed at Guthrie Cottage from June 14 to June 17. Great views, cottage has everything you need – even an espresso machine! Did not get to use the BBQ due to the weather. Was rained in during one of the days, but we enjoyed ourselves (there were four of us – My wife, my 2 boys and myself) just relaxing at “home” with the sky channels and music system.

Loved the fireplace. I can see everything was planned, the central heating, candles placed strategically if you need them for enhancing the feeling of the cottage.

The town center is about 2 mins drive away, with a Four Square supermarket, but we drove to Wellington instead. Enjoyable 40 minutes drive along the shores with great views. We stopped a couple of times for photos due to the great views.

Pity about the weather (it is winter in NZ after all), but we enjoyed and relaxed ourselves a great deal. Thanks to John (who called up and checked on us the first night we checked in), the place is well maintained and I do not have anything to recommend, to be changed. Keep it the way it is. We will be back.
Barry Ng and family – Singapore


A lovely Seaside Getaway, but close to the trendy Capital of New Zealand
We have stayed at Guthries Cottage on several occasions (4 or 5 times), and we are looking forward to next time we stay there!

 A very quaint lovely seaside cottage, right on the seafront. Looking out at the lights of Wellington is wonderful.
We have stayed there in the lovely summer of Wellington, over several Christmas times, and cannot 

Lovely in Winter as the heating is fantastic, and summer as the location is unbeatable. 

2 bedrooms, so not appropriate for a big group of people.
The kitchen is great, so if you want to self cater you can. Cannot fault it…
The furniture and bedding are quality and the cottage feels like a lovely home away from home!
Ali J .  

a beautiful home on the sea

Beautiful cosy and charming cottage, fell asleep to the sound of waves lapping every night and beach walks in the morning. Super comfortable, central heating, great bathroom and good beds. Simply divine.
Montessa – Sydney    

The candlelit outdoor bath… which has proved itself a favourite with many guests.

Luxurious Waterfront Romance…. Just Perfect
Our stay at this cottage was totally delightful. Everything about Guthrie Cottage is luxurious and romantic, with attention to the little details that make things special, like the picnic rug and hamper you can take out to the beach. Presentation is immaculate and spotlessly clean. We stayed the night of our wedding and enjoyed a glorious candlelit night bath out under the stars with the waves lapping on the beach a few meters away. The views are just stunning – you can’t help but relax and enjoy them. Super helpful people too. Thoroughly recommend.
Sarah T – Wellington      


A fantastic Beachfront retreat, quiet, sumptuous and altogether delicious

The Cottage had everything!
Fabulous well appointed kitchen, and bathroom, great music system, romantic outdoor bath with candles. The bedroom (s), (we only needed one) which was gorgeous. Very comfortable with space and outlook to sea which felt as though it was lapping at the door. 

Such peace and tranquility so seldom found, yet handy to Village with eating establishments, shops, supermarkets etc.

 We loved everything about the experience and can’t wait to go back later this year.
Janet D – Auckland  

A Lovely Seaside Getaway, but close enough to the trendy Capital of New Zealand
We have stayed at Guthries Cottage on several occasions (4 or 5 times), and we are looking forward to next time we stay there! A very quaint lovely seaside cottage, right on the seafront. Looking out at the lights of Wellington is wonderful. We have stayed there in the lovely summer of Wellington, over several Christmas times, and cannot  fault it in any way. Lovely in Winter as the heating is fantastic, and summer as the location is unbeatable. 2 queen bedrooms and double sofa bed, so not appropriate for a big group of people. The kitchen is great, so if you want to self cater you can. Cannot fault it… The furniture and bedding are quality and the cottage feels like a lovely home away from home!
K Twist – Auckland


lovehearts on the floor… photo courtesy of Anthony Oliver

“Guthrie Cottage and Eastbourne …it’s a special place”
We came to Eastbourne, stayed at Guthrie Cottage for a few weeks (drool!) and instantly fell in love with the place. So much so, that we decided to make our home here… We bet you’ll feel the same about it too. We were blown away on one of our first mornings to wake and find four lovehearts reflecting on the wooden floorboards. There were four of us staying at the time and only thing we can figure was it was the sun shining in the lounge and reflecting off the champagne glasses on the mantle, then to the chandelier  – to the floor (?) We tried to negate each by waving our hand in front of the stream of light to either, but couldn’t figure out… It’s definitely a special place.
Marie and Tony Oliver – (Expat Poms)


“We had a wonderful stay”
Wow!… We had such a lovely stay at the beautiful little cottage by the sea….wonderful location….SO SO! crisp and clean….Everything you need is there…and more!! it was set up beautifully when we walked in, lovely linen, crisp white towels!, soaps, great shower! I could go on and on!! great beach! a lovely walk to the lovely little village…..We had a wonderful stay… Thanks for sharing your beautiful little cottage by the sea with us….

“Expectations were more than fulfilled”
How wonderful to find that our expectations were more than fulfilled with our stay here at Guthrie Cottage. Such a unique and special place to stay. We bicycled and walked the beach. A quiet place so very nicely and pleasingly decorated with everything anyone could want or need!. The cottage was comfortable, welcoming and stylish. Thank you for sharing it with us, we will remember our stay.
Chimre  – London 

“everything was perfect”
We absolutely fell in love with the cottage – everything was perfect. The views from the outdoor bath were magical. It was one of the most relaxing and fun weekends we have had. Thank you for sharing this home with us.


“…it seems like you are the first guests!”
This is our second visit to this cottage and we still adore it. This is the best batch we have ever stayed at. A beautiful cottage with so many extras especially the gorgeous french interior design, the wonderful tub and shower outdoors, the indoor double head shower and sky tv. The cottage is kept in great condition and when you are arrive it seems like you are the first vistors to it. Million Dollar views out to sea from cottage.