Built in 1866 on a prominent hilltop 100 metres above sea level, The Rookery is one of the oldest surviving local cottages with wonderful panoramic views of the historic Victorian port town of Lyttelton, the main harbour, Quail Island, surrounding hills and weathered volcanic cliffs.
Over the past decade The Rookery has undergone extensive restoration to capture the character and charm of the original cottage combined with a reflection of its Pacific heritage. As designers we have paid close attention to the details that would have adorned similar architecture with Victorian bathrooms and ensuites that capture this colourful period. All finishes such as the raised dado wall panelling in Rimu, a rich golden local timber of outstanding quality, and coloured friezes, have been carefully selected to make our visitors feel at home and to enhance their experience of visiting one of the most remote locations on Earth.
Located on the north side of the harbour, The Rookery is an ideal base for exploring the Banks Peninsula, Christchurch and the South Island.
SOUTH BEDROOM has a queen sized bed, ensuite and a private terrace. The morning sun streams in through stained glass windows awakening you to a wonderful view of the harbour and mountains beyond through French doors. Double glazing, electric blankets and under floor heating guarantee your peace and warmth. The digital theatre provides for your entertainment. Heated towel rails, bathrobes, toiletries, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities are provided for your comfort. Breakfast may be served on your terrace, on deck or in the dining room.
NORTH BEDROOM has a queen sized bed, lounge and shared bathroom. The view from the bedroom is over the colourful cottage garden to the towering hills of the crater rim to the north. The lounge opens directly to Ross Terrace providing your own entrance and easy access. This is a secluded room with tea and coffee making facilities. A DVD player and screen are installed in the bedroom for watching your favourite movie. Underfloor heating double glazing and electric blankets ensure your warmth and comfort. Breakfast is served on deck or in the dining room.
WEST BEDROOM is designed as a ship's cabin complete with a generous bunk bed and sofa under. Through the bronze porthole you can see the busy harbour and boats below. Double glazed French windows overlook our secluded courtyard complete with the song of the bellbirds and on upwards to the historic Bridle Path and Gondola on top of the Port Hills. Underfloor heating, double glazing and electric blankets makes this a cosy snug room for the single traveller. The bathroom is shared. Breakfast is be served on deck or in the dining room.