Bach or holiday home, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms, (Sleeps 5)
My grandfather first brought a house in Purakaunui in the 1920’s and it has been a family favourite ever since. I was brought up in Dunedin, taught at a local high school, went back to University as a young mum and trained as a clinical psychologist in the 80’s. Buying As You Like It was a childhood dream and we spent many years bringing it up to modern living standard and restoring its original features. After 20 yrs as a psychologist, I brought a country hotel in Naseby, Central Otago as a complete change. The goal was to restore the 1863 building as I had As You Like It. Now life is a bit more peaceful, living at Purakaunui and enjoying seeing people enjoy Purakaunui as I do.
Why barblm764 chose Dunedin
It is so unique.. a modest, charming and likeable house close to the water. So close it feels like living in a boat.. but not getting sea sick. As a child I always wanted this place... so intimately close to the sea and so easy to get back home to get warm and dry after a days adventures in the sand and sea. The only traffic is by boat or walking which makes for such a peaceful place, yet not isolated. I love the sense of history, getting a feel for how people lived a hundred years ago, but still enjoying some modern comforts.
What makes this House unique
Historic and unique to be so surrounded by the sea.
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peaceful and unique character cottage
the cottage is ideally suited for bird watching, venturing into the district's extensive historical landmarks, the Orokonui sanctuary and great eating out just a few minutes drive at Port Chalmers.
The house and setting are spectacular.
We loved the closeness to the water; loved walking in the area and especially, loved the accommodation.
Unique property in a beautiful spot
We enjoyed our short stay at Purakaunui very much. This is a great place for older children and for dog walks, with the area steeped in history and beautiful beaches. I recommend bringing a head torch or two with you to find your way to the bathroom and bedrooms at night.
Great Place to Stay.
The property is as amazing as the photos show, the owner very kindly ensured the coal was topped up on the cold weekend. Have booked another stay there for later in the year and can't wait.
It would be hard to imagine a more perfect place to stay.
A refresher for the soul
Love it at As Ye Like It...the perfect place to rest and recharge.
The Orokonui Sanctuary is 10 min drive away. Native birds including kaka and kiwis as well as native flora are kept here in a predatory free environment. You can watch the birds at the feeding stations and there are guided tours.
The Forsyth Barr Dunedin Stadium is also only 25 min drive away. Purakaunui can be an excellent place to stay, with easy access and parking on the non town side of the stadium, avoiding the traffic jams on the town side.
Dunedin itself is a charming city with a lot of Victorian architecture, great cafes and restaurants, an award winning farmers market and many beautiful artworks on the side of buildings. There is an emphasis on wildlife in Dunedin and its surrounds. The Otago peninsular is a favourite tourist destination for this, with an Albatross colony, penguins and a penguin hospital. The Monarch, a small tourist launch can take you outside the harbour entrance to view the rugged coastline, seals and sea lions, flying albatrosses and other seabirds. Sometimes porpoises join the excursion!
Walks along the beaches by Purakaunui reveal caves and tunnels to walk through at low tide. Cockle ( little neck clams) and mussel gathering is a favourite pastime of many visitors to the area.
Boating, kayaking and paddle boarding are also favourite pastimes in the sheltered bay and there is a slipway to launch sea going boats at high tide at Purakaunui.
Children love exploring the bay, finding crabs, limpets, sea snails and marvelling at the cormorants ( shags)and white faced herons fishing underwater. Pied 0ystercatchers parade the waters edge on the look out for shellfish which are slightly open. The sandbank is ideal for making castles and forts, playing frisbee or just running around on. Ducks sometimes swim up to the cottage to be fed and kingfishers fly by when startled. The occasional seal swims by fishing for flounder and an octopus knows how great the seawall is for a meal of crabs and snails.