Our Story

Several years ago we bought an old cottage from our friend Tom, moving it from Hastings onto our land. We’ve named the cottage, Tom’s Cottage after him because, quite simply, he was a good sort. Over the years we have worked tirelessly to turn the cottage - and it’s subsequent companion “Big Tom’s Cottage” - into the ultimate retreat. A place where our guests can unwind in complete privacy and enjoy all that Hawke’s Bay has to offer. With an eye for beautiful things, Linda has designed the interiors to be stylish but welcoming, and Van has worked hard on the refurbishments, both inside and out. They work on the garden together while also tending to their impressive vegetable patch, as well as their chickens and sheep. .

“We’re extremely proud of our ability to offer our guests what we call ‘the real New Zealand’ - a piece of paradise offering tranquillity, seclusion and relaxation, along with easy access to Havelock North, and amenities like restaurants, wineries and golf courses.” Linda and Van Howard.