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You've heard of the old woman who lived in a shoe, but have you ever actually imagined life in a fabulous piece of footwear? Wonder no longer at The Boot, a fairytale B&B on New Zealand's South Island!

The Boot is a wonderfully imaginative, superbly crazy hideaway for two on the Tasman coast, found at the northern point of the Island. Expertly crafted with the appearance of...well, a boot...this creative piece of architecture has seemingly sprung from the pages of a storybook. Surrounded by a pebble rockery and sheltered by lush trees, this giant boot not only comes with laces - it's also got a front door, windows and luxury aplenty!

Enter into the wonderfully spacious living area, where a cosy lounge sits in the toe of The Boot. Painted sunshine yellow, and fully furnished with a large comfy sofa and cute coffee tables, you're guaranteed the warmest welcome from the moment you step through the door. Pop the kettle on, relax back in front of the roaring log fire, and prepare to unwind as you take in every charming detail of this cosy cottage.

Pretty wall lights provide a touch of ambience as you admire the fine art that adorns The Boot, created by local artists in Nelson City. Fresh flowers and candles add to the mood, while complementary chocolates will leave you feeling truly spoiled. You'll even find a stereo in The Boot for playing your favourite tunes, but one thing you won't find is a television - what better way to switch off from the world?!

The kitchenette (found in the heel of The Boot!) comes complete with tea- and coffee-making facilities and a well-stocked minibar! You'll also discover a fully tiled bathroom, featuring a luxurious shower big enough for two. Add to that the sweetly scented toiletries, fluffy towels and the hairdryer, and you have a tranquil haven with everything you need for evening relaxation and morning rejuvenation.

A gorgeous wooden spiral staircase snakes up past the chimney breast, leading to the idyllic bedroom for two. With exposed timber beams in the walls and ceiling, you'll feel transported to another century as you sink into the comfy queen-sized bed, for a peaceful night of magical dreams.

Come morning, you won't be disturbed by early morning sunshine; the luxurious purple drapes are thick enough to keep the light from waking you. But when you're finally ready to rise and shine, you can really make the most of it on your Juliet balcony, overlooking your pretty private courtyard!

A delicious breakfast will be delivered to your door, ready to be enjoyed at the table for two in the living room or alfresco in the fragrant garden. After all, how could you resist the lure of the courtyard, furnished with outdoor dining furniture and relaxing wooden loungers? And with a wonderfully toasty outdoor open fireplace, it's the perfect place to enjoy quiet evenings filled with long glasses of Tasman wine and deep conversations.

The Boot is found at Jester's Café, so when you're not relaxing in perfect privacy, be sure to sample some irresistible homemade delights and marvel at the amazing art around this popular garden and eatery. And if you're visiting between May and September, remember to feed the tame wild eels that live in the nearby creek!

There's also plenty of time to the most of everything else this stunning region has to offer, so jump in the car for jaw-dropping mountain scenery, huge beaches and the magnificent Abel Tasman National Park. Vibrant Nelson is a 35-minute drive away, while a variety of quaint towns and villages are also in easy distance.

Everyone needs a bit of escapism from the madness of life sometimes, and if not in a giant boot, then where else?! So with such a unique hideaway, cosy yet creative interiors, and the glorious South Island at your feet, The Boot couldn't get more perfect.

Things to note

Generally check in time is 3pm and check out is midday. Minimum stay is 2 nights during December, January and February, or 1 night throughout the rest of the year.

Tried and tested

"We didn't realise when we booked this place that we would feel like we were stepping into another world.We didn't want to leave our little fantasy. The Boot is magical, Jester House Cafe is surreal and the food divine. We will miss our little piece of paradise."
Bec and David

"A lovely stay - restoration of love and friendship and a journey into a fantasy world. A dream come true."
Mike and Sue

"Just a beautiful place, romantic and peaceful. We arrived in a helicopter and left in a dream."
Annabelle and Bill

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The basics

Region: Tasman, Nelson
Cost (from): £170 per night
Sleeps: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Minimum stay: 1 night
Property ref: 585

Facilities

Sleeps 2, queen-size bed, bedding & towels provided, Juliet balcony, private bathroom, shower, toiletries, hairdryer, kitchenette, tea & coffee making facilities, mini-bar, lounge, couch, open fire, fresh flowers, candles, chocolates, stereo, courtyard, garden, sun loungers.

Local activities

Vineyards, national parks, museums, galleries, beaches, hydro walkway, whale spotting, fishing, boat trips, cycling, kayaking.

At a glance

  • Incredible giant boot B&B at popular Jester's Café in Tasman, New Zealand
  • Sleeps two in luxurious queen-sized bed
  • Large open fireplaces inside and outside
  • Juliet balcony from bedroom
  • Private courtyard with outdoor furniture
  • Breakfast delivered to your door
  • Jester's Café serves delicious home-cooked food
  • Explore northern areas of South Island; Nelson City - 35 mins
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