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Entire residential home hosted by Richard & Brigid

10 guests, 3 bedrooms, 6 beds, 1 bath
Entire home
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A modern old-style settler cottage, part of an historic listed Wairarapa property. Sleeps up to 10 (6 separate beds in 4 spaces), DIY breakfast. Winter Cosy, spring fragrant, summer cool, autumn vivid. Well equipped kitchen. Continuous hot water. Unlimited Wifi, gas barbie, spa pool for 6, heated swimming pool (in season), Smart TV, boules, crocquet, 2 bicycles. Wander the 40 acre estate - woodland, native and exotic trees, a fruit orchard, lawns and paddocks. 7 minutes to Masterton by car.

The space
NOTE: We really prefer vaccinated guests.

Tapia Main House is an historic listed Wairarapa home, originally built in 1865.

The listing is for Tapia cottage, at the front of the property, which offers modern comfort, peace and quiet, elegant surroundings and a good base of operations from which to explore all that the Wairarapa has to offer. There are two bedrooms, each with a queen double bed, and a mezzanine loft with two single beds. There are two pull out queen double sofa beds in the common living area.

A heated spa pool (40 degrees) soothes sore muscles after a day of exploring the Wairarapa. A 14 metre swimming pool allows relaxing cooling off on hot Wairarapa days. The pool is heated from late October to March. Unheated during winter it offers a cold and bracing start to the day if one is so inclined or is a Wim Hof follower. It is just for guests. Several guests have enjoyed the cold pool to hot spa experience in the evening. The heat pump was turned on 14 October and the last temp was 22 degrees on Sunday 17 October.

For the tree minded Tapia Cottage is home to the "Big Aussie", a eucalyptus reputedly the largest girthed. multi-stemmed eucalyptus in New Zealand at around 13 metres.

A seven burner gas barbecue (gas supplied) and hood helps out on those summer days.

Previous guests have used Tapia Cottage as a base to explore the region, to honeymoon, to rest before and after tramps in the Tararuas, to attend events in the Wairarapa, to reconnect with family and friends, to just have some time out, to enjoy the shortbread or all of the above. Bridal, hen and girl weekends have been particularly popular. Tapia Cottage is not a party venue. Neighbors enjoy the peace and quiet.

There is also a Charcoal barbecue provided with utensils, bring your own charcoal.

2 bikes available on request (see photos). Bring own helmets.

Plentiful split dry old man pine/eucalyptus/acacia dealbata is stored for the burner.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
2 single beds

What this place offers

Mountain view
Garden view
Free parking on premises
Private pool
Private hot tub
55" HDTV with Netflix
EV charger
Security cameras on property

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Where you’ll be

Upper Plain, Wairarapa, New Zealand

Upper Plain is an elevated plain to Masterton's west, nestling into the Tararuas and Mt Holdsworth area. There are water holes in the foothills for those sweltering summer days, dairy/fish and chips/hairdressers/bottle shop close by. Tapia Cottage is only minutes from Solway and Renall Street train stations. There are excellent day (and longer) bush walks in the Mt Holdsworth park and bike trails.

Hosted by Richard & Brigid

  1. Joined in February 2016
  • 223 Reviews
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  • Superhost
Richard and Brigid are a professional couple who have owned and developed the historic Tapia Homestead and the later cottage since 2004.

During your stay

We are available for assistance by phone, text or direct approach when we are home. We prefer not to bother our guests. Occasional evening cocktails on the back porch are not unknown however. Tapia Cottage welcomes all folks.

Richard & Brigid is a Superhost

Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
  • Languages: Français, Italiano, Español
  • Response rate: 100%
  • Response time: within an hour
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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 2:00 PM
Checkout: 10:00 AM
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

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Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Carbon monoxide alarm

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