was the last big task at Sunnex Road. The cottage is on our property of two and a half acres, and is surrounded, as far as the eye can see, by rolling hills, bush and distant views of Mount Ngongotaha, Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island. It is very peaceful and our native Kereru, Tui, Fantail and many other birds greet us daily with their music.
Blossom Cottage has been decorated in a vintage-style, which harks back to days gone by, but with a fresh, European twist. The Queen bedroom was a little on the small side, so we recently extended it in record time. The builder built the extension in a week and a half, we painted for three days, the carpet layers came and the next day guests arrived to enjoy the new and improved, spacious bedroom!
We have recently installed a large, deep hot tub at the cottage, which looks out over the countryside and is romantic at night with the moon and the stars shining down. After a period of very humid weather, we also decided to invest in a heat pump/air conditioning system to keep our guests warm in winter and cool in the summer.
On our property, you will meet Teddy, our easy-going cat, who, much to our surprise, has already spent the night with some of our guests, warm and snug between them in bed! Teddy likes nothing better than to play fight with our rabbits and follow the family around in the paddocks as they go about their daily activities. He can also be found peering through the glass door at the cottage in the hope that a kind guest will take pity on him!
Also living on the property are our 18 free range hens, who lay delicious eggs for the guests. In the past they have been quite cheeky and have made their way into our home. We once found a hen in the bath, in the back seat of our car, waiting to be driven to town, no doubt, and they have even been seen climbing up a tree after our children!
Blossom Cottage has only been open for one summer season and it has been a big learning curve, to say the least, but really enjoyable for us at the same time, meeting a variety of people from our own beautiful country and also from overseas. We are always open to advice and many guests have given us ideas on how to improve the cottage to make it more comfortable and practical.
That's all for now. Next time I will tell you a bit about the activities in Rotorua, let you in on a good recipe and some other bits and pieces that may interest you.