Testimonials

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

D & G W (Raumati Beach)

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)

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

J Family (Chch)

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)

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

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)

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

MChristchurch

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

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

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)

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)

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

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

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

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

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

SS (aged 8)Christchurch

Stunning home!! Enjoyed our stay.

H Family (Chch)

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)

Very impressed with The Doug. Wonderful area to explore.

AB (Dunedin)

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

R, J, M & L (Chch)

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

J + N S (Mapua)

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)

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

JDAustralia

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)

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

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

B, W & S Families (Chch)

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

G & D W (Paraparaumu)

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

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

C S (Auckland)

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)

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)

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

Absolute luxury in the mountains, thanks so much!

South Brighton School GroupChristchurch

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’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

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

J&GPScotland

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

F & L Families (Karamea + Westport)

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)

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

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)

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

T Family

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

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

P Family (Chch)

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)

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

F & S Families (Chch)

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

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