Testimonials

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

J&GPScotland

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)

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)

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)

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 – 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!

PGLyttelton

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 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

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)

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

R&JChristchurch

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

CB (Wellington)

Awesome weekend away. Great house + magical place. More happy memories, thanks. 🙂

B, W & S Families (Chch)

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)

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 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)

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

S & J (Kapiti)

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

S & Y

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

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

F & L Families (Karamea + Westport)

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

Un séjour agréable dans une maison très confortable. Nous avons adore les chocolats au retour devant la cheminée.

Tout est vraiment fonctionnel, nous reviendrons avec plaisir.

Merci beaucoup.

MRNouvelle-Calédonie

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

R M (Chch)

Absolute luxury in the mountains, thanks so much!

South Brighton School GroupChristchurch

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)

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)

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

C S (Auckland)

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

P Family (Chch)

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)

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

R, J, M & L (Chch)

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

F & S Families (Chch)

We absolutely loved our stay here and would have extended it if we could have cancelled our other reservation!

JHLSingapore

Very impressed with The Doug. Wonderful area to explore.

AB (Dunedin)

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

We had an amazing time; no snow but loved the house, trampoline, day trips. This place is magical! Can’t wait to come back.

S MMelbourne

Stunning home!! Enjoyed our stay.

H Family (Chch)

Another fantastic stay at The Doug. Few days of sunshine, exploring and skiing. Can’t wait to be back!

v d H Family (Victoria, Oz)

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

K&AChristchurch

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

T Family

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

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

MChristchurch

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)

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

PS + BD (Mapua)

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

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

D & G W (Raumati Beach)

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

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.

TWAustralia

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

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)

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

J Family (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)

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

JDAustralia

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