Testimonials

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

W Family (Christchurch)

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

C S (Auckland)

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

R, J, M & L (Chch)

Stunning home!! Enjoyed our stay.

H Family (Chch)

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

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

JDAustralia

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

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)

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

J 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)

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

B, W & S Families (Chch)

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)

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

T Family

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)

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

R&JChristchurch

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

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)

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

S & Y

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

F & S Families (Chch)

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

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)

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)

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

SS (aged 8)Christchurch

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

MChristchurch

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

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)

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)

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)

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

S Family (Palmerston North)

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

R M (Chch)

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

G & D W (Paraparaumu)

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)

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)

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

Absolute luxury in the mountains, thanks so much!

South Brighton School GroupChristchurch

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

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

S & J (Kapiti)

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

PS + BD (Mapua)

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

CB (Wellington)

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)

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)

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

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)

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

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

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

D & G W (Raumati Beach)

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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