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Jenny Taylor

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Peaceful Haven - Boutique Accommodation in Christchurch, New Zealand

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Photos and Description of this Merivale holiday cottage

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 5

Red Door Cottage is a unique and peaceful haven in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. If offers up to 5 guests an exceptional standard of spacious, stylish comfortable accommodation. Located in Merivale, our most desirable inner suburb, this charming cottage nestles in a small private garden in a quiet leafy lane. Red Door is a retreat from life's stresses - the perfect place to relax. Enjoy the peace, privacy and tranquility of your own home.

It's walking distance to the City's amenities and shopping, At the end of the Lane you'll find Metro Cafe, with great coffee and breakfasts. A short walk takes you to the shops, cafes and restaurants of Merivale Village. It's on the right side of the city for most attractions [eg the Antarctic Centre] Buses pass the end of the street, and there's off-street parking for your car.

We take pride in providing an appealing home so your stay is a memorable one. All the pleasures of a holiday with the coziness of home. Come and enjoy Red Door Cottage - we're sure you won't be disappointed.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Jenny Taylor (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks english

Guestbook comments from the owner

Excellent service from day one of booking, loved the cottage, which is expertly furnished with everything one needs. There was nothing lacking! Superb!
Sep 2013
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based on 14 traveller reviews

Peaceful Haven - Boutique Accommodation in Christchurch, New Zealand
average rating of 5.0 based on 33 reviews
Auburn, CA

Christchurch at its best!

  • 5 of 5

Our seven week stay at the Red Door Cottage was all that was promised and more. The owners' attention to detail and anticipation of the comfort of guests is the best we have experienced in doing short-term rentals around the world. Of particular note in the RDC was the provision of a well-stocked pantry and some fresh refrigerator staples so that we did not have to forage after long travel! The cottage allowed us to spend quality time with loved ones even though we were far away from home, so it was definitely a "home away." Our biggest dilemma is deciding to tout the virtues of this rental, as we REALLY wanted to keep it our little secret, it's THAT good! wonderful folks to work with, too. Alas, it's better for all to share. We'll be back.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your wonderful review and kind comments on your stay at Red Door. It was an absolute pleasure to have you both stay, it was wonderful to meet you and hear of your reunion with friends and family. We'd love to have you back anytime you decide to return to New Zealand.
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  • 5 of 5

Red door cottage was a perfect home for us in Christchurch. It is spacious, comfy and relaxing. The kitchen was well stocked with yummy treats for us- even home made cookies!!

The beds were wonderful- so welcome after 31 hours travelling from the uk. We had everything we needed and more!!

This place is a real gem.

Jenny was great to deal with and I strongly recommend Red Door Cottage to anyone staying in Christchurch.

There are buses to the centre fro. The end of the road but it's also a lovely walk into the city from the cottage.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Delightful cottage in a wonderful location.

  • 5 of 5

We highly recommend staying at this cottage in Christchurch. Our hostess was available and very accommodating. The cottage, in a lovely residential neighborhood just a block or so from Merivale Mall, is cozy but roomy, well-equipped, clean, comfortable and very nicely furnished. It exceeded our expectations.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The Red Door Cottage was truly a wonderful place to begin our stay in NZ. The hosts thought of everything including a fully stocked pantry to start us off. The cottage was perfect for our family, extremely comfortable and a joy to stay in. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review Red Door Cottage. It was a pleasure to have you all stay at the cottage - perfect guests! Lovely to hear you enjoyed your stay, please come back and see us again. Best wishes!
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Northern Canada

Fabulous spot

  • 5 of 5

This place really is close to everything, so a car is not required. The bed was super comfortable and the kitchen extremely well stocked. It is good to know that there is a free bus to the Antarctic center that is only a few blocks away, and the coffee shop on the corner makes the most amazing cappuccinos :)

  • Review Submitted: Dec 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful find on our part--wish we had found it on previous long stays in Christchurch. No car needed if you are willing to walk 10 minutes to a supermarket/shopping centre. We stayed five weeks using the bus system which stops a two-minute walk away. The cottage offered plenty of space--we really enjoyed the advantage of a barbecue and a refrigerator containing Jenny's homemade preserves. Lots of room inside and outside where you can chase the sun or shade depending on the time of day. Everything was as advertised (or perhaps better) providing a perfect holiday location. We put it at the top of the list of places we have stayed!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Christchurch International
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
0.5 Kilometres
Hagley Golf Course
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
State Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Sumner Beach
Car: not necessary

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand - use it as a base to explore the province of Canterbury. Kaikoura to the north has one of the world's renowned whale-watching sites; North Canterbury boasts the world's best Gold Medal Sauvignon Blanc wine and many wineries; visit Akaroa, a charming seaside town and the first French settlement in New Zealand - here you can swim with the Hector's Dolphins and lunch at a seaside cafe. Travel to Hanmer Springs and experience the Thermal Pools; take a trip on the Trans-Alpine through the Southern Alps to the West Coast - voted one of the World's 10 Best Train Journeys. Christchurch is close to the beach and the Lyttelton Harbour Basin is a popular destination. In Winter, snow skiing is a 1 hour trip from the City.

Other Activities: Shopping, Whale Watching, Wineries


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Merivale, New Zealand

Rental Basis:
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All Year
1 Sep 2015 - 27 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$19 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$19 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

No deposit required at time of booking. Cancellation policy is no-charge unless cancelled less than 3 months prior to stay,
when we charge 50% of total unless dates can be rebooked when returned to Availability Calendar.

Credit Card [Visa/MasterCard] details required to hold and confirm a booking.
Payment due in full two weeks prior to stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Merivale, New Zealand

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • soap
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • thermos flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
  • Bathroom features Bathtub and separate shower. Heated towel rail, heater, hairdryer and complimentary soap, shower gel and shampoo. Separate toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , 1 single bed
  • Beautifully comfortable beds in both rooms, with quality bedding, Egyptian cotton linens and many pillows. Electric blankets provided. Both bedrooms have built-in robes for your storage needs. Comfortable foldup single bed available for use in either bedroom.
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Barbecue
  • deck chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • patio
  • Small Cooler
  • veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • ski
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
We have not mentioned filtered or bottled water, as the drinking water in Christchurch is the best, sweetest in New Zealand and you drink it straight from the tap.