The Folly

Entire cottage hosted by Lesley

  1. 2 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 1 bed
  4. 1 bath
Dedicated workspace
A common area with Wi-Fi that’s well-suited for working.
Park for free
This is one of the few places in the area with free parking.


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The Folly is a stunning property uniquely designed and built with a solid hand-crafted macrocarpa frame. Beautiful timber trusses, posts and beams create a dramatic, inspiring space to relax in. Extensive views across open countryside to Tasman Bay and D'Urville Island beyond. Lavishly equipped for an indulgent stay; a truly characterful space.

The space
Walk through the red stable door into the vaulted open plan studio where you might like to cook up a storm in the well equipped kitchen, relax in the comfortable lounge area or enjoy a glass of wine in the evening sunshine. Step down into a luxurious tiled bathroom with rainwater shower-head, heated towel rail, underfloor heating and fluffy white towels.

Upstairs the mezzanine bedroom gives a dramatic view not only of Tasman Bay but the building itself and looking through the round window take in the mountains of the Richmond Ranges. Thick carpet makes for a cosy room, there's a super-comfortable bed and more great views through the glazed gable end (as long as you leave the curtains open!)

Double decks allow you to bask in both the morning and evening sunshine with stunning views.

We have a wealth of birds to watch and listen to including kereru, fantails, tui, bellbirds and waxeyes and the studio makes the perfect spot to watch hawks and NZ falcon sweep across the meadow below.

Though we don't have an oven, we do provide a Webber BBQ on which you can not only sizzle sausages but use the roasting pack to cook a whole chicken! While you're out on the deck, if it's dark, turn on the tree lights which provide gorgeous uplighting to the surrounding foliage.

We're hoping to have the outdoor bath up and running very soon!

You will be provided with the wifi code on your arrival but please note we do not have a television; instead why not curl up with a book, listen to the birds or just sit and take in the views; it's a very quiet, relaxing spot!

Private driveway and parking.

*Folly - "a whimsical or extravagant structure built to serve as a conversation piece, lend interest to a view..."

Where you'll sleep

What this place offers

Garden view
Mountain view
Dedicated workspace
Free parking on premises
Free washing machine – In unit
Central air conditioning
Private patio or balcony
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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5.0 out of 5 stars from 17 reviews


Where you’ll be

Ruby Bay, Tasman, New Zealand

The village of Mapua is a 5 minute drive away with its well stocked Four Square, fruit and veg shop, garage, pharmacy, bakery and gift shops. There are also several options for eating out from take-away fish 'n chips to fine dining; Mapua Wharf has become a destination for food, drink, shopping and enjoying the picturesque estuary.
If you'd like to explore further afield, we are well placed for exploring the Abel Tasman National Park, the wineries of the Moutere Valley and our local 'big' town of Nelson.

Hosted by Lesley

  1. Joined in July 2016
  • 17 Reviews
  • Identity verified
When we’re not away sailing around the coast of NZ, you’ll find me in the garden or enjoying a coffee on the deck!
  • Response rate: 100%
  • Response time: within an hour
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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 3:00 pm
Checkout: 10:00 am
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety practices apply
No carbon monoxide alarm
Heights without rails or protection
Smoke alarm

Cancellation policy