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6 guests2 bedrooms5 beds1 bathroom
6 guests
2 bedrooms
5 beds
1 bathroom
Entire home
You’ll have the cottage to yourself.
Cathie is a Superhost
Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
Great location
93% of recent guests gave the location a 5-star rating.

Benlea cottage is a cozy little cottage on our beautiful 3,000 acre sheep and cattle farm, situated in the stunning Rakaia Gorge. Wake up to incredible mountain scenery, and the peace and quiet of country life. Benlea cottage is the perfect place to recharge your batteries - sit back with a glass of wine, enjoy the views and everything a country getaway has to offer.

Incredible hiking in the area during summer and only 45 minutes to the top of the Mount Hutt ski field in winter.


Indoor fireplace
Hot water
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide detector
The host hasn't reported a carbon monoxide detector on the property.

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
4 single beds



15 reviews
Outstanding hospitality
Quick responses
Sparkling clean
Shaz User Profile
January 2020
waking up to that stunning view of the mountains was amazing, the farm tour was informative and really enjoyable. cathie and her family are really great to be around. light a fire in the fireplace, read a book, and breathe the fresh country air. truly one of the best places to…
Toby User Profile
December 2019
Cathie and her daughter are wonderful!!!!!! We spent Christmas Day there, and did not prepare for the closure of so many gas stations and supermarkets! Cathie went above and beyond to bring some food for us and we had a great family Christmas dinner in the end (instead of having…
Tsai Ping User Profile
Tsai Ping
October 2019
We live in the beautiful farm.many sheep,two horse and wild rabbit.the farm story book very interesting .you have to read.
Mok User Profile
September 2019
Benlea's Cottage is a cosy and unique place to stay a night. It's quite remote but that's the charm of it. It's all about staying closer to nature and interacting with the animals. Despite the house doesn't provide WiFi, we can still receive messages as there are still mobile…
Veronica User Profile
September 2019
Perfectly close to terrace downs (3min drive) which is why I booked cottage. Birdsong was amazing. Bed comfy.
Alexander User Profile
August 2019
Great hospitality from Cathie, she already had the fire going when we got there.
Hilary User Profile
August 2019
Amazing stay at Benlea! Handy distance to mount hutt and gorgeous views of the mountain. Fire was great and house has everything you need. Would definitely come back!

Hosted by Cathie

Windwhistle, New ZealandJoined in June 2016
Cathie User Profile
53 Reviews
Cathie is a SuperhostSuperhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
Our family run Benlea Farm, right next door to Terrace Downs High Country Resort, farming sheep and cattle and growing crops. It is a beautiful place to live and people that visit the area are wowed by the scenery that is so close to Christchurch.
Interaction with guests
There is usually always someone at farm house, so if you have any questions or concerns during your stay, someone will usually be there to help you. We always try our very best to come up and say hello to our guests, but please understand this is a working farm and sometimes our…
Response rate: 80%
Response time: within a day
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About this place
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This is Cathie’s place.
Katie helps host.

The neighbourhood

Things to keep in mind

Check-in: After 14:00
Checkout: 11:00
After 14:00

House Rules

  • No smoking
  • No pets
  • No parties or events