Wow, Cottage accommodation certainly employs different senses to that of Apartment living! We’re now staying at the Tasman Village Cottage, perfectly located within a massive perfumed garden.This is an enchanted cottage with some very special treats.
On arrival, Austrian-born Maria brought over this delicious plate of Kipferl, still warm from the oven. It’s just something she does to complete the welcome. These horseshoe shaped pastries are perfect for our afternoon coffee and probably should be eaten on the same day they’re baked..
….and Michael is happy to oblige, leaving just the one for me…another proud moment for us all.
The first thing I always do on arrival is check the cupboards, familiarising myself with the location of pots, plates and more importantly, the wine glasses. So let’s have a look around…
The cupboards are full of local handmade crockery and would you believe, a large red Le Creuset casserole dish! Love the beautiful bowl of Lemons fresh from the tree and just a few feet outside is this amazing herb garden planted with every conceivable variety.
…and we have 3 different seating arrangements in our private garden, strategically placed to enjoy the sun at different times of the day. This is my absolute fav for an afternoon coffee:
The next morning we hear the sounds of a rural community gently awakening. And as the sun rises higher in the sky, the honeybees flit around the beautiful Wisteria framing the verandah. And in the late afternoon sun, who could begrudge me a glass of cool Riesling…it’ll be back to the grindstone soon enough.
View other travel blogs on the Abel Tasman region:
- Eco Abel Tasman
- Abel Tasman Tour Options
- Kaiteriteri Apple Tree Bay
- Abel Tasman National Park Day Tours
- Abel Tasman Coastal Walk from Nelson
- Tasman Village near Mapua
- Dining in the Abel Tasman region
Working hard I see you two! You have got Maria’s place exactly right – she does give a lovely welcome and the garden is stunning. I see you packed to match the garden chairs. Enjoy yourselves – J XXX
Busy little beavers in the mornings Jane, but somehow even with the best of intentions, the afternoons bring out the sloth in us. It’s going to be so hard to leave this Garden of Eden. The big bonus with being on the road, is the people we meet on the way and yes, Maria is a very special lady.
Wow it looks so beautiful and relaxing. Love your colour co-ordination with the garden furniture Pam. I’m totally with Michael on the eating those yummy looking treats. You guys are totally enbracing the “traveling” travel agent and looks like it is really suiting you.
Always trying to maintain the fashion standard Jan but I’m loosing the battle.Can’t remember the last time I slapped on the lippy. We’ve been lucky to get fantastic weather but experiencing the friendliness of a rural community is a big plus. The cottage visitor book has a recurring theme of people constantly returning. Easy to see why isn’t it.