Testimonials

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)

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

F & S Families (Chch)

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

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

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)

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

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

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)

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

J + N S (Mapua)

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

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

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)

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 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

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

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)

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

B, W & S Families (Chch)

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

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)

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

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

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

SS (aged 8)Christchurch

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

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

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

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

Stunning home!! Enjoyed our stay.

H 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)

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

J Family (Chch)

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

J&GPScotland

Very impressed with The Doug. Wonderful area to explore.

AB (Dunedin)

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)

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

R, J, M & L (Chch)

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

F & L Families (Karamea + Westport)

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

R&JChristchurch

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

G & D W (Paraparaumu)

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

D & G W (Raumati Beach)

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)

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

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

S & Y

Absolute luxury in the mountains, thanks so much!

South Brighton School GroupChristchurch

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

P Family (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)

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

S & J (Kapiti)

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

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

MChristchurch

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

T Family

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

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

PS + BD (Mapua)

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

JDAustralia

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