Readers' Retreat


Private room in bungalow hosted by Ellen

2 guests, 1 bedroom, 1 bed, 1 private bath
Ellen is a Superhost
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All about Ellen’s place

Our home is right on the edge of Westport - with a beautiful farm and mountain outlook - but still easy walking distance to restaurants and shops. The guest bedroom is light and spacious and has a private bathroom with toilet and shower (excellent water pressure). It also has small sunny veranda looking out over the swimming pool. Full use of our kitchen and living areas is available to guests. Must love pets - our friendly beagle, Eager, and cats will make you feel at home. Private entrance.

The space
Our home is large and comfortable. It is furnished with an eclectic mix of new and an antique furniture and artwork. Best of all, it has a library of great novels for you to curl up and read while you're here. Everything from New Zealand fiction, to classic literature, as well as novels from around the world. If you want to borrow a book, we'll supply a postage paid bag for you to send it back when you're done.
There are lots of great spaces in our 3/4 acre garden for quiet relaxation. You're also welcome to help yourself to fresh vegies from the garden - salad leaves, herbs, fresh peas, radishes, zucchinis and tomatoes are on their way for summer.
Our friendliest cat, Augustus, believes the guest room is hers and often sneaks through the window to curl up on the bed - so it might not be the best place to stay if you have cat allergies! You are welcome to bring your own dog, cat or budgie on holiday with you but please note the property is not fenced.
The guest veranda door opens out to the swimming pool - perfect for a dip on a summer's day.
Our family has a relaxed and friendly hosting style and we hope you'll feel at home at our place.

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
Washing machine
Patio or balcony
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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4.78 out of 5 stars from 36 reviews


Where you’ll be

Westport, West Coast, New Zealand

The house is in a quiet spot on the outskirts of town. About a 20 minute (1.6km) walk to the main street, and less than 10 minutes to the Buller River and the start of the Kawatiri Coastal Trail.
You can also drive to many beautiful walking tracks, beaches, the Cape Foulwind seal colony or the Denniston Coalfields in under half an hour.
Westport is nestled between three of New Zealand's most popular hikes - the Heaphy, Paparoa, and Old Ghost Road trails.

Hosted by Ellen

Joined in February 2016
  • 102 Reviews
  • Identity verified
  • Superhost

During your stay

I'm a reporter and work during the day but am always available by phone.
My father, Ray, and son, Jack also live in the house.
There is usually someone at home if there's anything you need but the house is big enough to allow for privacy.

Ellen is a Superhost

Superhosts are experienced, highly-rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
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  • Response time: within an hour
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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 5:00 pm
Checkout: 11:00 am
Pets are allowed

Health & safety

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No carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

Cancellation policy