Testimonials

Absolute luxury in the mountains, thanks so much!

South Brighton School GroupChristchurch

Beautiful home in a beautiful place! We loved having The Doug as our home away from home for a couple days. A lovely way to end our three week holiday in stunning New Zealand! Thanks!! 🙂

KSPennsylvania

I relax as soon as I walk in the door!  Another terrific holiday at The Doug.  Such a homely place to make some special memories.  Thank you!

HSBlenheim

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

RMChristchurch

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

J Family (Chch)

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

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

JDAustralia

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

A&DChristchurch

Lovely house, we have had a fantastic time staying here. Thank you. 🙂

F & S Families (Chch)

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)

At last I get to stay at The Doug. S has stayed on many occasions. Our stay was fantastic. Thanks.

S & J (Kapiti)

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

C&HBIreland

Magic place! Thank you for sharing The Doug. We’ll be back…

PS + BD (Mapua)

Thanks again for a great stay; it’s a mint place you have!

MChristchurch

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.

MWHokitika

Fabulous time had by all at The Doug. It snowed on Saturday! We will be back.

P Family (Chch)

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

F & L Families (Karamea + Westport)

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)

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

SS (aged 8)Christchurch

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

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

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

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

Have driven past Castle Hill for years and decided to call in for a stay – amazing house, absolutely loved it and fantastic village, will be back again to stay!

T Family (Hokitika)

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

B & R Families (Chch)

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

W Family (Chch)

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)

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

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

L, D & NUK

Lovely honeymoon escape for a few days. Thank you! Beautiful place! Would also recommend for big groups looking for an escape.

A & F S (Auckland)

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

H, A & R (SI)

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)

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

We loved it there, such an amazing house and it was all so stunning with all the snow around – 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! It’s a struggle heading back to work!

ACChristchurch

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. 🙁

W Family (Victoria)

We had an absolutely magical wedding and stay at The Doug 🙂
Everything was just perfect!
Thanks so much!!!

CB (Wellington)

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 were completely smitten with your gorgeous home. It is by far the most user friendly and welcoming holiday home we have ever encountered. Thank you for sharing The Doug; it is quite magical and full of great energy.

CGNelson

Very impressed with The Doug. Wonderful area to explore.

AB (Dunedin)

Stunning home!! Enjoyed our stay.

H Family (Chch)

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

S Family (Palmerston North)

Thank you for letting us use your lovely home in such a spectacular spot.

J + N S (Mapua)

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

C S (Auckland)

This is the second time we have visited The Doug Log House. My husband and I just love it here. The snow has been great. I love the views from this house. Look forward to coming back.

I & J KNSW

We’ve been happy to return to The Doug each day to the comfort and relaxing vibe. Looking forward to returning during a bumper snow year. Thank you for the great hospitality.

R&HAustralia

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)

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

S & Y

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

W Family (Christchurch)

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)

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

R M (Chch)

An inspirational mountain retreat you’ve created in The Doug, so warm and cosy.

R&JChristchurch

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

J&GPScotland

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