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Islay Cottage - Lyttelton Holiday Home

  • 5 People
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • No Smoking
  • Wifi


Looking for a holiday home with character and history? Look no further than Islay Cottage that features all the comforts of a modern holiday home, coming from an extensive restoration.

Built in 1851 by Thomas Kent, who arrived onboard one of the first four ships to Canterbury, the ''Cressy'', Islay Cottage is listed as a grade two heritage home. Islay Cottage was highly commended in the 2021 Heritage Awards.

Spend your days exploring the surrounding areas, such as nearby Christchurch or the coastal towns, bays and beach areas as well as the hills.

This 3-bedroom holiday home is a beautiful cottage perched on a hill overlooking the harbour of Lyttelton and the beautiful surrounding hills. The living room indoors has a comfortable living space as well as a smart TV. Cooking will be a pleasure whilst being able to enjoy the views through the windows. At the end of the day, unwind in your bedrooms that feature Queen and Single-sized beds.

The home is just a short 10-minute walk away from the town’s coffee shops, supermarkets and restaurants. Central Christchurch is only a 15-minute drive away, where you’ll be able to explore the South Island’s largest city. In the summer months, head to nearby Cass and Corsair Bays, or head over to Sumner Beach, where you’ll be able to spend time relaxing by the sea.

Find your happy place at Islay Cottage!

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Bedroom Configuration

  • Bedroom 1 (Level 1): 1 Queen Size Bed
  • Bedroom 2 (Level 2): 1 Queen Size Bed
  • Bedroom 3 (Level 2): 1 Single Bed

Bathroom Configuration

  • Bathroom 1 (Level 1): 1 Bath, 1 Basin, 1 Shower, 1 Toilet

Linen available at additional charge

Available at this property for $25 per person. You’ll see the option for our linen service in the ‘Add-Ons’ section during your booking.

Special Conditions

Please note that a highchair and port-a-cot are available upon request.

Please be aware that this is an original historic cottage, therefore it has a very narrow and steep set of stairs leading to the bedrooms as well as a low ceiling. Guests may need to duck going up or coming down the stairs.


  • Bath
  • BBQ
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • Family Friendly
  • Fenced (fully)
  • Freeview
  • Fridge
  • Hair dryer
  • Heater (electric)
  • High chair
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Microwave
  • Mobile cellphone Reception
  • Oven
  • Parking (off-street)
  • Parking (on-street)
  • Toaster
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • WIFI
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Guest reviews for Islay Cottage

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Stayed April 2022

We loved our wee cottage which we called home for a week, especially the harbour views and the history to devour on the walls and the shelves. A very special place to stay in a wonderful friendly village.

Stayed December 2021

Such an amazing house. Although we were initially surprised to find it was a working harbour it gave us hours of entertainment. And seeing it all lit up at night was magical. The attention to detail in the house and the history it shows everywhere makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Loved every minute. Loved Lyttleton. Make sure you take the trip to Quail island. And the Botanic gardens and around the outside of the mountains from Littleton qto Sumner Bay. We will be back definitely.

Stayed October 2021

We loved watching the port from Islay Cottage. We bike and had several lovely meals out in Lyttleton. We will be back

Stayed July 2021

We returned to Islay Cottage as our stay in NZ has been extended. As usual we found the cottage warm, welcoming and impeccably clean. Our home away from home. Thanks again to Vanessa and the owners for providing such a beautiful and comfortable place to stay so close to ChCh city and our new granddaughter!!

Stayed June 2021

Islay cottage is a beautiful historical home in Lyttleton which has all the comforts of home. We have been staying her intermittently when we could as our daughter has had a baby and lives nearby. The owners of this extraordinary cottage have attended to every detail of the home and each room to ensure that this will be a holiday to remember. Lyttleton itself is rich in history and vibrance as is the house itself. You would need to see it for yourself as the attention to detail is the best!!

Stayed June 2021

Islay cottage has been beautifully and sensitively renovated. The historical nature of the accommodation has been emphasised and we enjoyed such things as the framed segments of the rescued wallpaper, the art. and the excellent information presented. The views from the cottage have been maximised and we were almost sorry that there was so much to do in the area and we lacked sufficient time to sit and appreciate these.

Stayed June 2021

We came back to stay at Islay several times while in NZ for almost 3 months. It is our preferred home away from home and location. We thank the owners for providing such a beautiful home with everything we can think of for comfort and practical needs. It is warm, clean and magnificently restored with a remarkable authenticity to the history of Lyttleton in 1851. ♥️

Stayed July 2020

This is an outstanding, charming and unique holiday home. Great for families, well equipped, super warm and cosy. Awesome view overlooking the harbour. Still very close to Christchurch centre. Lovely holiday manager. We will be back.

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