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At a Glance

Rush Cottage is a charming turn of the (20th) century stone cottage with most of its original floors, walls and joinery still intact. It sits opposite the bistro and cellar door on Back Barn Road with its own private lawn and spectacular views across the vines and out to all of Hawke’s Bay. Please note that the cottage has two bedrooms upstairs and a single bathroom and w/c downstairs.

Retreat Specifics

  • Location
    Black Barn Vineyards, Havelock North.
  • Capacity
    Up to four people in two king bedrooms, with a shared bathroom downstairs.
  • Rate
    $425 per night (1st Feb - 14th Dec)
    $485 per night (15th Dec - 31st Jan & Easter)
  • Check in/out
    Check-in: 3.00pm | Check-out: 11.00am.
  • Minimum Rental
    2 night minimum all year round
    3 night minimum NZ statutory holidays and Mission Estate Concerts
    4 night minimum Easter (Peak Rates)
    7 night minimum over Christmas and New Year
  • Payment
    Visa and Mastercard accepted - Sorry no Amex or Diners A valid credit card is required to secure and confirm all bookings regardless of payment method.

Terms and Cancellations

A deposit of 40% of the total is required to secure your reservation. The balance remaining is due 30 days prior to check-in.  Minibar, services and incidentals are then due within seven days of your departure unless otherwise arranged with the Retreat Manager.  If payment has not been for the balance of the accommodation at 30 days before check in, this will be charged to the credit card on file.  


Bookings cancelled prior to 90 days from arrival the 40% deposit is refunded in full.

Bookings cancelled between 90 and 30 days of arrival the 40% deposit is refunded less the $250 booking fee.

Bookings cancelled within 30 days of arrival 100% of total is charged.


Terms and Conditions



  • Rooms

    Up to four people in two king bedrooms, with a shared bathroom downstairs (one room available as twin share). $25 per porta-cot

  • Technology

    Stereo with CD player SKY TV Video DVD Player Flat screen TV Wireless Broadband Internet Connection/no charge IPOD connection Heat Pump with air conditioning in living room

  • Cooking

    Full kitchen with oven, microwave and dishwasher. Gas BBQ outside.

  • Laundry

    Separate laundry with washing machine and dryer.

  • Entertainment

    2 Mountain bikes Located on the vineyard at Black Barn is an all-weather tennis court - as a guest you are very welcome to play on this during your stay - we hold tennis rackets and balls if required

  • Outside

    Separate outdoor verandah. Flat sheltered grassed areas around the cottage.

  • Additional

    Please note: Rush Cottage is an original early 20th century shepherd’s cottage. Much of its structure, flooring and joinery is original. It is a charming and romantic place to stay but unlike our other retreats it has its two bedrooms upstairs and a single bathroom and w/c  down a set of stairs on the ground floor. This may not suit all guests.  


Rush Cottage, along with Black Barn, is located right in the heart of the Vineyard. The Cottage looks directly down through the rows of Merlot grapes and out to the mountains in the West, the River valleys in the East and the ocean of Hawke Bay straight ahead to the North. Black Barn Vineyards are just 30 minutes from Napier Airport, 10 minutes from the city of Hastings and just 5 minutes from the quaint and historic village of Havelock North. It is set right in the heart of New Zealand's premier wine growing region and many of New Zealand's most famous wine names are literally on your doorstep. Beautiful beaches, golf courses, trout fishing rivers and shopping are all just minutes away.

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Many people who stay at either Rush Cottage or Black Barn simply don't want to leave the property. You are surrounded by several acres of vines and a working vineyard. You are welcome to treat the vineyard as 'your own' while you are staying with us and everything from artichokes to fresh figs to almonds to citrus can be gathered from the property depending on the time of year you are with us. Of course, you can always lend a hand with 'vintage' as well! When you are with us, the winery is just next door and is open seven days so we can advise you on the location of the best beaches, golf courses, swimming pools and attractions. We can also organise winery tours, garden visits, guided fishing trips to some of New Zealand's best trout fishing rivers and we can also organise to have fully catered meals prepared and presented at the Cottage if you wish. A full compendium to local restaurants and attractions will be in the retreat when you arrive, we also offer a wide range of activities that we are more than happy to arrange on your behalf. You can also view our compendium below.

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Property Rental

The price above includes your first mornings breakfast provisions. There is a two night minimum stay year round, three nights over statutory holidays and 7 nights over Christmas and New Years.  As with all our properties, Rush Cottage is only available by booking the entire cottage. While we can provide additional servicing or catering if you wish, the property will be entirely yours for the duration of your stay. Privacy and seclusion are assured. All our properties are well patronised with particularly heavy demands during weekends. If a weekend stay is to be part of your itinerary we would strongly suggest you give us as much notice as possible. No fireworks are permitted.

Guest Comments

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Rush Cottage was top rate without being over the top. Very clean. Very quaint. Lovely setting. Auckland

Rush Cottage was absolutely beautiful. The house is just as it would have been in the 20's, stylish, rustic, and elegant, set in a vineyard, next door to an excellent restaurant. The provisions including bread, juice, milk, marmalade, coffee and eggs were an unexpected surprise. The house is perfect for lounging about in however you have to drag yourself away from the views and magazines to play petanque, tennis or croquet and to visit the nearby vineyards, shops and cafes. Go - you'll love it! Waiheke Island

Queens Birthday at the unique Rush Cottage was superb. Hawkes Bay turned on the weather almost too warm to light the fire...almost! Our girls loved playing in the garden and amongst the vines and we ensured a table at BB Bistro for lunch on the Sunday. Cosy, simple luxury, an escape for all ages. Simply lovely. Wellington

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