Tumbleweed Downs │ Peace & Tranquility
Traveling for extended periods, we really do stay at a variety of places. Sometimes we do hotels (ie. most boring option ?), occasionally we get a private room in cheap hostel, and then sometimes, we strike it lucky and find a great accommodation on AirBnb. We quickly found out that finding accommodation (that we liked) in New Zealand wasn’t as easy as it was in Europe or Asia. We were therefore quite pleased when we found a great place to stay.
After taking the ferry from Wellington to Picton, we drove along the Queen Charlotte Drive and stopped to check out Cullen Point Lookout. We had found Tumbleweed Downs on AirBnb, and after reading about this restful spot, we were excited!
“Four acres of tranquility enables you to enjoy a small farm experience with native birds, bush & ponds. A beautiful wood fired hot tub overlooking the bay is available for guests to enjoy. If you like animals, this is perfect for you – alpacas, ducks, chickens and of course Ragdoll cats. Come share my little piece of paradise.” – The Host, Dawn
This write-up pretty much sums up the feel and accommodation available here: “This comfortable farmhouse style home in a park-like setting with plenty of areas to relax inside and out has a wrap around veranda giving many nooks to sit in or out of the sun. It’s about enjoying it for what it is – a natural environment with the pleasures that animals bring. My aim is to promote a warm, friendly, stress free environment that all will feel at home in. There could be a bit of fluff or a leaf on the carpet – it is a farmlet after all. The home has two guest rooms available – this room with one queen bed and a single; the bathroom is shared with the other guest room (if occupied). Also available on the property, a studio unit (sleeps 4) and a camper (sleeps 2).”
Check it out on AirBnb
If you’re doing a New Zealand road trip, or even just exploring the South Island, and looking for a relaxing spot to stay – Check out Dawn’s AirBnb post HERE. The about pictures are from her post on the website. And BONUS – If you don’t yet have an AirBnb account, sign up through <<<THIS LINK!!>>>. Using that link, you get $30 off your first booking! This awesome rental was only $50 a night, so $30 is an amazing sign up bonus!
Dinner on the Veranda
Dawn provides home-cooked farm style dinners and/or breakfasts for a pretty good deal. Dinner (main and desert) $25 per person, cooked breakfast (bacon, fresh free range eggs and toast) $15, continental (cereal and toast) $10. While we were there, Dawn had some guests over so we ate some of our picnic-style foods at a table on the other side of the veranda. We thoroughly enjoyed the view, and the quiet tranquil surroundings. While we ate dinner, we could see sheep, chickens and cats just a few feet from us. The sun was setting, and the pinks in the sky were MESMERIZING!
Eli really enjoyed playing with the kittens. Justin, who usually suffers terribly from allergies around cats, didn’t feel uncomfortable at all! Of course, I wasn’t sure if I should book this AirBnb because of his allergies – but sometimes, when an accommodation sounds really good, we decide to “risk it”.
I’m glad we risked it!
Next Up: We head to Abel Tasman Park, and stop at a cute little Animal Park Cafe along the way.