Absolute luxury in the mountains, thanks so much!

South Brighton School GroupChristchurch

Thank you so much for last minute accommodations at your beautiful home! The weather was great and our family loved the rocks at Castle Hill. We only wish we had more time to explore this amazing area. Next time…

LCNew York

You have the most beautiful and unique house. This place really added to our perfect wedding weekend; we will be back whenever possible.


Lovely house, we have had a fantastic time staying here. Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

F & S Families (Chch)

Couldn’t have picked a better place to escape to in the midst of a pandemic!

R, J, M & L (Chch)

An inspirational mountain retreat youโ€™ve created in The Doug, so warm and cosy.


Awesome house, awesome everything! Loved staying at The Doug Log House.

SS (aged 8)Christchurch

Beautiful spot! Away from the hustle + bustle. Quiet! Fantastic!

F & L Families (Karamea + Westport)

Great time, sadly not much snow but was still amazing. We very much enjoyed The Doug and hope to be back soon!

S & P FamiliesAuckland

Awesome weekend away. Great house + magical place. More happy memories, thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚

B, W & S Families (Chch)

[Castle Hill] is truly an amazing place and such a special house to stay! Thanks so much.

R M (Chch)

Thanks for a wonderful stay. What an amazing house โ€“ worthy of a feature on Grand Designs!


Magical weekend stay at The Doug!ย  Loved the warmth of the central fireplace + amazed by the construction.ย  We will be back!

W Family (Christchurch)

A great place to have an extended family event. We all had an amazing time. The weather really turned it on too. And the mountain-biking? Fantastic! We’ll be back.

S FamilyMelbourne/Westport/Chch

Thanks again for a great stay; itโ€™s a mint place you have!


We have had a fabulous Queen’s Birthday Weekend, walking, Catan, Foosball Championships and lots of food!ย  We appreciated the great weather and the fire was perfect.ย  Hope to come back again. ๐Ÿ™‚

H, A & R (SI)

Came here to send some boulders in Castle Hill Basin. Thanks for having us and providing a place to rest our weary bodies. #castlehillbouldering #castlehillbasin

R, A, K, G, T, S, J & R (Sydney)

Lovely house, comfy beds. Thank you so much for letting us stay. We loved the mountain bike tracks ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

J Family (Chch)

Another pack of Aussies returned to The Doug for a longer stay to enjoy the skiing and Castle Hill. We enjoyed settling into The Doug and making the most of this awesome log home. I fear I will yet again have to drag [my partner] away at the end of our stay. The kids love the playground at Castle Hill, especially the tree which is slowly growing into a tree house. We hope to return again next year, or [maybe even] fit in a fishing trip later in the year. Can’t say enough about The Doug, we love it! Thanks for letting us stay.

The WsVictoria

A fantastic place to base yourself and explore the local area. Very well set up, warm, comfortable and inviting. All that adds up to a place that is easy โ€“ everything works as it should so you can just get on with relaxing or making the most of your time. By the time we left we were already talking about what we would do the next time we went back. Hopefully soon!


Always enjoy this cosy + quiet getaway for our anniversary. A beautiful place for two busy parents to hit the “reset” button.

K & N C (Chch)

Thank you for the use of your lovely log home. We enjoyed the fire & relaxing together. The foosball table was a hit with the kids too. Great weather & enjoyed wandering Castle Hill Village.

S & P Families (Christchurch)

Thank you so much โ€“ your house is fantastic โ€“ we had a wonderful 4 nights โ€“ and were so warm! Lots of room and the kids loved the foosball table.


Many new builds since our last visit and The Doug in very good order. The new stonework behind the fire completes the build!

M & S T (Scotland)

Our annual holiday to The Doug and skiing Porters and also for the first time at Cheeseman. It’s been a great few days, always love Castle Hill, leaves us dreaming about owning our own patch of NZ soil one day! Can’t wait to be back, kids love it and are not wanting to go home. ๐Ÿ™

W Family (Victoria)

Thank you for the warm + cosy house, all the firewood, perfectly set up for the family after a few days of skiing. ๐Ÿ™‚

K, L, B, F & E (Lyttelton)

Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality โ€“ we had such a comfortable night and luxury shower. Your house is wonderful.


Wow!! So great to catch up after such a long time – thanks so much for sharing this fabulous home with us + making us feel so welcome. Can’t wait to come back again. Cheesie was fab! Astro photography was amazing! Thanks!

M, M, J & B (Sydney)

We loved it there, such an amazing house and it was all so stunning with all the snow around โ€“ beautiful place. Would love to go back sometime.

Everything was so organised and easy to find, made staying there so simple and relaxing. Perfect weekend … we absolutely loved it and want to be back there now! Itโ€™s a struggle heading back to work!


What a house, just another quality NZ built log home, so warm and inviting!ย  Top notch foosball table too!

S Family (Palmerston North)

Very impressed with The Doug. Wonderful area to explore.

AB (Dunedin)

A great find and a perfect family retreat. Us pack of Aussies loved The Doug and Castle Hill.

We are already planning the next trip back; it will be longer so that we can explore more of the area and enjoy this wonderful place.


We had a wonderful stay. We wish we stayed longer, the house, the scenery, the beautiful mountains, lovely spiritual place.

S & Y

Fantastic long weekend – plenty of snow men, snow fights, snow running & peak bagging! Great house, we really enjoyed our stay! ๐Ÿ™‚

T, T, C S, A, L, M & L (Chch)

Amazing stay, magnificent views and biking activities, overview of the idyllic NZ central plateau. Catered very well for a large family. Thanks and Happy New Year!
Great facilities (kitchen well stocked with utensils, etc), a great spot. Had a great family reunion.

M & C Families (Chch, Dubai, Auckland & Sydney)

Thank you so much for the opportunity to stay in your amazing cabin. Awesome trails just across the street. Nice comfortable house with everything we needed. We’ll be back!

W Family (Canterbury)

We had a wonderful stay here. A very nice and cosy house. Thank you!

T Family

Our first trip to NZ! Castle Hill was the second place on our tour of the South Island, and we couldnโ€™t have picked a more beautiful house and place to stay. Weโ€™ve had a wonderful time and will not forget this place in a hurry.

L, D & NUK

Weโ€™ve really appreciated how cosy the house is, and also how easy it is to manage gear, kids, meals etc in the house. Itโ€™s wonderful to come up and be reminded of these beautiful places so close to home.


Stunning home!! Enjoyed our stay.

H Family (Chch)

Heaven on Castle Hill!! … We found a beautiful log cabin on a hill, filled with love and memories from previous residents and its owners. We have had such a lovely, relaxing weekend… We will definitely be back! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us.


Super log cabin – slept like a …! Incredibly well set-up house. Thanks for letting us stay. ๐Ÿ™‚

C S (Auckland)

Awesome place, shame it was only for 2 nights! Will be back. Absolutely perfect for kids – plenty of amusement while parents went biking. ๐Ÿ™‚

B & R Families (Chch)

Have watched the growth of The Doug over the last years, but nothing prepares you for the awesome reality. Really a fantastic place.


Lovely weekend away cheering on friends doing the Valley Ultra Event!ย  Great location, top company and fun for kids and adults alike.ย  Thanks for sharing your beautiful home in a magic corner of NZ!!

W Family (Chch)

Great log cabin and surroundings. Tried mountain-biking but decided I’m a woose, put my energy into painting instead. Loved the week. Thanks.

S W (Nelson)

A great stay with fantastic mountain-biking. We will be back to explore more. We love the log cabin!

G & D W (Paraparaumu)

We had an absolutely magical wedding and stay at The Doug ๐Ÿ™‚
Everything was just perfect!
Thanks so much!!!

CB (Wellington)

Thank you Conor & Ildica, we have had a fantastic stay at The Doug. This is a very special place & to top it off the weather has been great for Christmas!

N Family

We have had a wonderful time here in The Doug and have ridden many trails. Fantastic – thank you.

D & G W (Raumati Beach)

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