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Cottage within the magical gardens of Flaxmere

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Outdoor pool
TV, fireplace
2 bedrooms, iron/ironing board, WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of Cottage within the magical gardens of Flaxmere

Entire home

Cottage within the magical gardens of Flaxmere

4.9/5 Exceptional

Entire home

2 bedrooms2 bathroomsSleeps 4

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Kitchen
  • Outdoor space
  • Fireplace

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
Masons Flat, Canterbury

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationFlaxmere Garden1 min walk
  • Popular LocationHawarden Golf Club9 min drive
  • Popular LocationSherwood Estate Winery31 min drive

Space details

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 4
Bedroom 1
    1 double bed
    1 child bed
Bedroom 2
    1 king bed
Bathroom 1
Bathroom 2

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Cottage within the magical gardens of Flaxmere

Cottage in Masons Flat with private pool and kitchen
Flaxmere Cottage is a place to enjoy at any time of the year. Those who stay in the cottage will have free access to the beautiful and well renowned Flaxmere garden. The garden lies at a latitude of 43 degrees south and 330 meters above sea level.
As much as possible Penny Zino has tried to make Flaxmere garden part of the natural landscape. Stone walls have been built by Penny over many years, and all have survived the earthquakes. The stone walls in the rose garden repeat the lines of the riverbed. Bridge timbers come from the Waitohi road bridge when it was dismantled. Vistas incorporating the peak of Mt The Koa which is part of the Southern alps are a predominant feature, and are what this garden is known for. Water had had a huge part to play in the peace and bird life which is generated here. The are various areas of planting which lead from one to the next, each area has its own style, and Penny's latest ideas have been incorporating Native NZ grasses with perennials. The importance to of gardens to Penny is to create an empathy with the land and feed the soul.
The South Island in New Zealand falls into the oscillating trade winds of the southern oceans. Temperatures in the summer can range between 25-40 degrees, and very hard frost up to -15 degrees, in the winter. For Penny, the change of seasons are very important. Plants that give wonderful spring flowers and then magnificent autumn colour are always given top priority. The change of seasons is a huge part of the joy off living, and it is one of the things that Canterbury does best.
Just one hour from Christchurch international airport the surroundings of this magical place offers lots of outdoor opportunities as listed above. The cottage is situated on the road which is the gateway to the Lake Sumner and National Park. Hanmer Springs with its magnificent hot springs is about 45 minutes’ drive. The cottage has Wifi and a log burner available.
Special conditions:
The cottage is no smoking inside. Guests are expected to respect the ambiance of the garden and soundings. The swimming pool is available for guests to use.

Extras: Linen (included); NOTE: Under Kiwi bach tradition you are expected to: Clean the house and do the dishes before you leave;
Guest accommodation at this cottage offers private pools and fireplaces. Kitchens offer fridges, hobs, microwaves and kitchenware and utensils.

Bathrooms include a shower. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and an iron/ironing board.

Recreational amenities at the cottage include an outdoor pool.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

Speaks English

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property


Contactless social distancing
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Close to skiing
  • Skiing privileges


  • Private pool
  • Outdoor pool


  • WiFi available


  • Fridge
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Toaster
  • Electric kettle


  • 2 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 2 bathrooms
  • Shower
  • Towels provided
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Shampoo

Living spaces

  • Fireplace
  • Wood stove


  • TV

Outdoor areas

  • Porch or lanai
  • Garden
  • Outdoor furniture


  • Heating


  • No pets allowed


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Iron/ironing board

Location highlights

  • Next to a golf course
  • In a village

Things to do

  • Golf privileges
  • Birdwatching nearby
  • Cycling nearby
  • Rafting nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Mountain climbing nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Golf nearby
  • Ecotours nearby

Safety features

  • Fire extinguisher
  • Smoke detector


  • Sleeps 4

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Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a private host, not a professional engaged in trade or business
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
On-site parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation

Property is also known as

Cottage Within the Magical Gardens of Flaxmere Cottage
Cottage Within the Magical Gardens of Flaxmere Masons Flat

About this area

Masons Flat

Located in Masons Flat, this cottage is next to a golf course. Local points of interest include Flaxmere Garden and Hawarden Golf Club. Discover the area's water adventures with waterskiing and rafting nearby, or enjoy the great outdoors with mountain climbing and hiking/biking trails.

What's nearby

  • Flaxmere Garden - 1 min walk
  • Hawarden Golf Club - 9 min drive
  • Weka Pass Railway - 29 min drive
  • Sherwood Estate Winery - 31 min drive
  • Waiau Ferry Bridge - 48 min drive


  • The Hogget - 9 min drive

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 40 out of 43 reviews
5 - Excellent 93%
Rating 4 - Good. 3 out of 43 reviews
4 - Good 7%
Rating 3 - Okay. 0 out of 43 reviews
3 - Okay 0%
Rating 2 - Poor. 0 out of 43 reviews
2 - Poor 0%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 43 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 Excellent

Garden paradise
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay even though the weather tried to dampen our fun. Not even the rain could stop a swim.
Stayed 2 nights in Nov 2021

5/5 Excellent

Amazing Botanical Retreat
Flaxmere gardens is an amazing botanical retreat in the middle of pristine farm country. The cottage was beautifully situated with its own lawn and gardens and was well appointed with plenty of wood for a cozy fire and super comfy beds. Penny was a fabulous host and we much enjoyed sharing a wine or two with her and finding out more about her incredible journey. We would highly recommend this property for a relaxing reconnect to the countryside. Gerry & Joel.

5/5 Excellent

Second time staying here, loved it just as much. Penny is a host par excellence, great chats and happily shares her passion of gardening. Our kids loved exploring. It's a beautiful relaxing rejuvenating place to stay

5/5 Excellent

Lovely break
A very comfortable stay with the lovely Flaxmere Gardens to wander around at our leisure. Recommend this property to anyone.

4/5 Good

Relaxing stay at Flaxmere
The cottage is set in a very large and charming garden. The location is not far from the lakes and wineries. We had a very relaxing stay over 2 days. The owner was helpful and happy to chat about the property. Cleanup work was underway after recent gales but we were able to spend time walking and sitting in the garden and take in its early spring colours.