Bed & Breakfast

1 Cottage, 5 Guests
1 Queen,
1 Single Upstairs,
1 sofa-bed downstairs

Kowhai Cottage

The Kowhai Cottage is the perfect place for families. It is dog-friendly and a little bigger than the Mahoe Cottage. Contact us about pets before booking to ensure you are happy with our pet policy. However, the cottage was not built with children in mind so children must be supervised at all times when upstairs.

Upstairs there is a queen and single bed in the same space. These are made from Macrocarpa milled at Lavendyl and handcrafted by the original owner. An extra single bed can be made up for families with two children. There is also room for a travel cot. The outside door leads to a balcony where you can enjoy a cuppa and view of Mt Fyffe over Lavendyl’s gardens.

Downstairs is a roomy lounge with a comfy sofa bed. There is a table with seating for four which can accommodate an extra chair when needed. The kitchenette area is small and basic but more than adequate to make breakfast and simple meals.

The bathroom is large with a spa bath and separate shower.

The French doors lead to the covered patio and private grassed area. There is a barbecue and a lemon tree close by; help yourself to fresh lemons.

The cottage was not built with the needs of people with limited mobility in mind. The toilet is not wheelchair accessible. People with limited mobility are unlikely to manage the stairs. Similarly the stair design may mean they are unsuitable for people with limited sight. There is a comprehensive set of photographs of the interior of the cottage so you can determine its suitability for our needs.

You can order a packed lunch or evening meal. These need to be ordered 24 hours in advance, however.

The lavender and flower gardens of Lavendyl surround the cottages. These are separate from Dylans; guests are free to wander in them at their leisure. The gardens are open to the public during the day. There is an on-site gift shop that stocks quality lavender products and other gift items. You can also order these online.

Lavendyl is also home to Buster. He is a super friendly springer spaniel and is always willing to provide companionship.

Food & Drink

In-House Meal Service

Daily Seasonal Breakfast

We provide a homemade continental breakfast for you to enjoy in the comfort of your cottage. A typical breakfast will have orange juice, muesli, yogurt, eggs from our chickens, and freshly baked bread. The eggs are fresh for you to cook as you wish. We pride ourselves on the bread selection we offer, from Scottish morning rolls to French baguettes, croissants, and Brioche made from scratch on-site.

Coffee, Tea & Assorted Beverages

We stock your cottage with a selection of tea, coffee, and milk. Drinking chocolate is available on request.

Dinner Upon Request

We can provide you with an evening meal if you wish. You must book this at least 24 hours in advance.

We stayed here on the way back to Christchurch. Nice quaint cottage, very peaceful and our dog Flynn loved roaming around the garden. Wonderful lavender products and the home made bread in the morning.

Will certainly recommend others to stay here.

Sonia, Dan, Oliver and Flynn


Key Amenities

Free WiFi

The cottages have Wifi. However, this is rural New Zealand. Although the service is usually good, it can be a little slow at times.

Free Parking

All parking is off-road, but there is ample parking adjacent to each cottage.


The Kowhai cottage is dog-friendly.


We can print and scan for you, but there may be a charge for this service.

Washer & Dryer

Our laundry machines are in an area not accessible to guests, so you can’t do your own laundry. We will launder for you: Give us your washing, we will wash and line dry it and return it to you ready to fold. If it is wet, we will tumble dry. The real bonus here is that you don’t have to spend valuable holiday time on laundry.

Barista Coffee

The on-site shop has Barista coffee and lavender treats.

House Rules

Smoking is not allowed in any of the rooms or balconies. If you do smoke, then you may be charged for cleaning. Smoking is permitted outside only.

Similarly, candles may be burned outside but not inside or on the balcony. This is due to the fire risk they pose.

Guests must leave the cottages as they find them. An excessively untidy cottage, which requires additional cleaning, will incur an additional $20 charge. We will charge $20 for unwashed dishes.

We will charge for any damage to the room or property.

Cancellation Policy

Late cancellations have a significant impact on our small business, so we have a strict cancellation policy.

  • Cancellation within 14 days is non-refundable.
  • Cancellation 30-15 days prior is 50% refundable.
  • Over 30 days fully refunded.

As Coronavirus is now well-understood, we no longer treat it exceptionally. However, if you can't stay with us due to Coronavirus, you may reschedule your stay at no additional cost.

Checkin & Checkout

Checkin is available from 14:00. Checkout is by 10:00. We accommodate late checkout/early arrival where possible.

Quiet Hours 11:00pm to 7:00am

Guests are asked not to use the balcony during quiet hours so as not to disturb other guests.

Guests are asked to ensure that noise is kept down to a level that will not disturb other guests during quiet hours.

Guests are asked not to play music outside during quiet hours.


Pet Policy

Dogs are allowed in the Kowhai cottage but please contact us prior to booking. We do not accept young dogs because of the large amount of wood in the cottage.

 Dogs must be kept inside or tied up outside during Lavendyl's opening hours.

Dogs are not allowed on the furniture nor upstairs under any circumstances.

Guests are liable for the cost of repair of any damage caused by their dog.

There is a $20 per stay per dog charge.

268 Postmans Road, Kaikoura, Canterbury, NZ
+64 3 319 5473

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