About Us


Let André and Alison take care of you…

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Andre has 15 years’ experience as a South Island tour guide here in New Zealand, making him well qualified to answer guest’s questions and offer assistance with itineraries.
Alison on the other hand has spent 15 years as a Catering Manager in Scotland. This makes her well qualified to deal with the food and hospitality side of things at Birds Ferry Lodge.
She just loves to cook and with a well equipped kitchen, “Aga” and a garden full of produce she has a head start! Let Alison take care of you after a day full of pumping adrenalin or just a nice calm walk through the beautiful landscape.

What our guests say…

book-now“This was THE most romantic and perfect weekend I have had in New Zealand or overseas in quite a while. The mix of relaxation, location, wonderful food and hosts Andre & Alison who give the right amount of attention – was perfection. HIGHLY recommend Ferrymans Cottage with its beautiful pond and wildlife and bathtub … just wonderful.”

We will return J&O

“Surrounded by exquisitely beautiful westcoast countryside with mountain and sea views, scenery best admired from the deckside hot tub. Alison & Andre run one of the loveliest B&B’s we’ve stayed at in NZ. Alison cooks delicious country style food of Michelin star standard, from mostly homegrown ingredients, and Andre is a very knowledable guide to local flora & fauna. Stayed in the house (3 good-sized bedrooms) which is very
comfortable and welcoming with a large guest lounge. The pondside self catering cottage would be a lovely option for couples or larger groups. A special place – GO!” Tripadvisor

“Wonderful property with everything we love – allows pets by prior arrangement, gorgeous water view, outdoor bath (!), lovely breakfast hamper, a real fire..the list just goes on and on. By far, the best place we’ve ever stayed. Couldnt recommend more highly” Helen and Jason

“This really is a perfect place to stay. Allison and Andre are knowledgable, friendly and skilled in what they do. Alison cooks wonderful food, and Andre is a mine of information, both local and further afield, having been a tour guide in NZ for 17 years. Our two evening dinners were both convivial and delicious, wine is included. The hot tub looks out onto a wonderful view, and there is total peace. We have no hesitation in recommending Birds Ferry Lodge.”P+N Poston

“Wonderful massage, beautiful cottage and the best braised venison it is possible to eat. Only just up the coast from home, but a million miles away. Thankyou”
Kiwis escaping from it all

“Of all the places at which we stayed during our week in NZ, BFL was by far our favorite. Alison and Andre made us feel so comfortable, and after only 2 nights there it felt like we were staying with friends rather than at a lodge. Andre’s guided tour and discussion of the rest of the property was really special, and Alison’s cooking was a real highlight too. We look forward to our next trip to NZ, and we will *definitely* be staying with them again!”
MH

“A beautiful property in breathtaking surroundings. A place to totally relax whilst enjoying excellent cuisine and good company. We were pleased to have found such stylish and classy accommodation, which was kept in a spotless manner. On arrival we were welcomed and made to feel at home by our hosts Andre and Alison.”
JT

“Absolutely magical spot. The house and services are very well done. It is nice to stay where attention to detail is not ignored. Many magical memories go with us!”
D+C Christchurch and Capetown September 2008

“Elegance and top notch care of location, construction, decoration, food (both stocked and cooked!). Fabulous.”
Z W

“We spent a few days in Ferry Mans Cottage and were delighted. Lovely site overlooking 2km of fairyland swale to the Sea. Impeccably built and kept. Complete and usable kitchen, solid wood heat stove/fireplace. Excessive large and well-appointed bathroom. Great food. Very helpful hosts. A perfect stay, strongly recommended”
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