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St. Omer's Hideout: Love At First Sight Above the Kenepuru Sound

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3 bedrooms
Beach
Beach
Balcony
Living room

Overview of St. Omer's Hideout: Love At First Sight Above the Kenepuru Sound

St. Omer's Hideout: Love At First Sight Above the Kenepuru Sound

4.8/5 Exceptional

Entire home

3 bedrooms1 bathroomSleeps 6

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Pet-friendly
  • Outdoor Space

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Contactless check-in
Saint Omer, Marlborough

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationKenepuru Sounds2 min walk
  • Popular LocationPelorus Sound11 min drive
  • Popular LocationDryden Bay57 min drive

About this property

Entire place

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

St. Omer's Hideout: Love At First Sight Above the Kenepuru Sound

Holiday home in Saint Omer with kitchen and balcony
A DAY AT ST. OMER’S

When you wake up on Day One, take a moment to take in the silence. St. Omer Hideout’s remote location is blessed with a deep, natural quiet. Every once in a while—maybe 10 or 15 times a day—you’ll hear a car winding its way down Kenepuru Road, but it’s a distant sound.

(Though it's remote, St. Omer’s Hideout is not a place for loud music or parties. Sound does travel here and we want to preserve the quiet and be good neighbors.)

Two of the bedrooms—one with a queen-size bed and one with a full— present show-stopping views of St. Omer Bay and Kenepuru Sound and balcony access. The third bedroom is kid-friendly with bunk beds and no balcony or water view.

The shared bath, in typical New Zealand style, features a toilet (water closet) in one room and a sink and shower in a separate room. 

Photos get you part of the way to understanding how dazzling the view is, but seeing it in person is a whole other story. Spend a few hours on the wraparound deck with a glass of local wine, blue skies above and jewel-tone water below, and you’ll be made new.  

Open the retractable patio doors in the living area and let in the fresh morning breeze. Brew a French press coffee and cook up some local eggs in the modern kitchen.

Side note: There are no stores or fuel stations in Kenepuru Sound, so you’ll want to stock up on groceries before you get here (or have them delivered). We provide some dry goods including paper towels and toilet tissue, but you may wish to bring some with you just in case.

Despite the home's remote location, there is a surprising number of things to do nearby. Sightseeing by water taxi. Mussel farm tours. Exploratory trips on the Mailboat. Sailing charters. Kayaking, fishing, biking (and many other verbs). Hiking the Queen Charlotte Track. Golf at Nopera. Sunset on the balcony. But if you miss it, don't worry—the sunrises are equally awe-inspiring and will be waiting for you in the morning. 

GETTING HERE 

St. Omer's Hideout is 3 hours by car from Nelson, 2 hours by car (or a 25-minute boat ride) from Havelock. Or take the ferry over from Wellington to Picton, then drive the rest of the way. See this post on our blog for more information. 

CRITICAL INFORMATION: READ BEFORE YOU BOOK!

This home is far from typical. It’s off-the-grid, spring-fed and uses solar/batteries & a generator for power. Its driveway is steep—so steep that, when we met the locals, they said, “Oh, you’re the people who bought the house with the driveway.”

Before you book, make sure you are okay with the below:

A 4WD vehicle is required to get up the driveway. You can also park at the bottom of the driveway and walk up with your bags… but again, it’s quite steep.

The generator will not run between 10 pm and 7 am to preserve the silence of the Sounds.

Heat is from a wood-burning stove.

Cooling is via open windows (no A/C or other cooling).

There is no WiFi. 

There is no kid-friendly gear.

No nearby grocery stores, so you have to stock up in advance. 

The reward for all of this, though, is the hush of seclusion and privacy, and the hilltop views that you will remember for years to come.

Rates may be quoted in NZD or your home country currency, but will ultimately be charged in USD. There may be a small monetary differential based on the date of the quote and the ultimate charging date. Plus the listing site may charge a currency conversion fee.
Guest accommodation at this holiday home offers coffee/tea makers. Rooms open to balconies or patios. Kitchens offer fridges, hobs, microwaves and kitchenware and utensils. Bathrooms include baths or showers.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

Beth Sexworth

Cleaning and safety practices

Check-in

Contactless social distancing
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities

Parking and transport

  • Car required

Kitchen

  • Fridge
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Toaster
  • Coffee/tea maker

Bedrooms

  • 3 bedrooms

Bathrooms

  • 1 bathroom
  • Bath or shower

Living spaces

  • Wood stove

Outdoor areas

  • Balcony
  • Fenced garden

Pets

  • Pet friendly

Suitability/Accessibility

  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Phone

Things to do

  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Hiking nearby

Safety features

  • Smoke detector

General

  • Sleeps 6

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Policies

Check-in

Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM

Check-out

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

Pets are allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

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 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

We should mention

A car is required for transport to and from this property

Property is also known as

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About this area

Saint Omer

This holiday home is located in Saint Omer. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Kenepuru Sounds and Pelorus Sound. Take the opportunity to explore the area for outdoor excitement like hiking/biking trails.

What's nearby

  • Kenepuru Sounds - 2 min walk
  • Pelorus Sound - 11 min drive
  • Queen Charlotte Walkway - 53 min drive
  • Dryden Bay - 57 min drive

Getting around

  • Blenheim (BHE-Woodbourne) - 169 min drive

Frequently asked questions

Overall score and ratings

4.8

Exceptional

Rating 5 - Excellent. 3 out of 4 reviews
5 - Excellent 75%
Rating 4 - Good. 1 out of 4 reviews
4 - Good 25%
Rating 3 - Okay. 0 out of 4 reviews
3 - Okay 0%
Rating 2 - Poor. 0 out of 4 reviews
2 - Poor 0%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 4 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%

4/5 Good

Beautiful spot in paradise - we had a lovely stay but could not get out due to bad floodings
We loved our stay in St Omer - it was a proper hideaway. The property was well maintained and equipped with all that is needed for a comfortable stay. Beautiful fireplace with everything provided. Plus absolutely amazing views and perfect for exploring! Unfortunately, we had massive trouble getting out due to the bad rain as the road is very prone to slips and washouts in bad weather...

5/5 Excellent

Great house with a view
Directions and information about the house very good. Information about what to do around the area very good. House was clean and tidy. Bed was good as was the shower. Fire was very good. Driveway not a problem, view was great. Very very quite location. We enjoyed our stay.

5/5 Excellent

Perfect, lovely house!
The house is situated in a beautiful area, very quiet and - as the photos show - has an amazing view. It is well stocked, warm and comfortable. The owner provided really detailed and thoughtful information about accessing the property as well as walks around the area and much much more. This was very much appreciated. Thank you.

5/5 Excellent

Stunning location to get away from it all
Clean, comfortable cottage with amazing views. Great place to relax and get away from it all for a few days. I loved walking on the beach and swimming in the Sound. Come prepared for the long, but beautiful, drive (two hours from Linkwater) and steep driveway. I really enjoyed trying out the Aeropress and went straight to Blenheim and bought one myself!