Islay Cottage, on Lower Shotover Road in Queenstown’s Dalefield is for sale with Harcourts Queenstown.
This restored country cottage is named after the Scottish island of Islay, which original property owner Alexander Brown left in 1864 to come to New Zealand. His son John built the then two-bedroom cottage, originally sited nearby, between 1900 and 1905. But by the time Chris and Ted Cassidy bought the property it now sits on, in 1990, it was a derelict woolshed.
The couple commissioned Arrowtown builder George Page who did a wonderful restoration job, including rimu detailing and also added two bedrooms and a kitchen at the back of the property.
In recent years, the Cassidys, who have a home on the hill above the subdivided-off cottage, have run it as an Airbnb. They’re selling it, Chris says, “because we’ve got other things we want to do, and one less lawn to mow is quite handy”.
The 2984 square metre property has a fruit tree orchard including Black Doris plums. Chris sells them at the gate – “we have people knocking on the door asking if they’re ready”.
Our Queenstown agent, Megan Osborne, who’s marketing the property with her co-agent Jaiden Direen, says “it’s incredible”.
“It ticks all the boxes – four bedrooms, four bathrooms, views, very close to town and it’s got a visitor accommodation resource consent so it’s a business or a home or it can be both.
“If we had a dollar for every time we’re asked for a cottage in the country …”
Though the original cottage is rooted in history, Chris says the house is well heated.
“You can imagine sitting there at nighttime with the radiators on, the fire going and a glass of wine.”
Islay Cottage is pure gold in the heart of Queenstown and a proven winner, view the full listing on our website. Call Megan or Jaiden now for your private viewing appointment or walk through video tour. Being Sold Plus GST (If any).