St Bathans
Loop Road, St Bathans, Central Otago
Phone 027 226 3875

Reviews From Our Guests

St Bathans Jail and Constables Cottage offers accommodation for up to eight people in St Bathans, Central Otago. Located next to the Blue Lake, and two minutes’ walk from the Vulcan Motel, it is available for booking year-round and a special place to say in every season. Enjoyed your stay? Please remember to leave a review on Air B&B or Trip Advisor. Interested in what others have to say about their stay? Read reviews for St Bathans Jail and Constables Cottage below.

Kirsty February 2018

Great option for something different. We very much enjoyed our stay. We will be suggesting this to friends. Food at the hotel was lovely also. Thank you

Adventure Horse Trekking, 15 December 2016

Beautifully restored with love a home from home. Here at Adventure Horse Trekking NZ we always stay in the St Bathans Constables cottage and jail when we ride into town. Angela has lovingly and very tastefully restored the cottage and it gives our customers a sense of stepping back in time to 100 years ago.
We highly recommend this accommodation to anyone visiting Central Otago. It is a very relaxing home from home.

Stephen Livett, 2 January 2018

Gaol Time – Me and my partner stayed over the new year period for two nights such a lovely wee place. The locals where very friendly such a great sleepy wee spot good to get away from the hussle of the city even if just for a few days.

Virtus Pollet, 5 December 2016

Sublimely perfect. We were lucky enough to spend two glorious nights at the Constable's Cottage. The cottage was immaculately clean. Gorgeous back garden to relax in. We loved the comfortable beds and lovely linens. I couldn't recommend this holiday home more highly if you want a relaxing break in one of New Zealand's most scenic spots. Can't wait to come back - we'd love to experience this in winter. Thank you.

Vanessa, April 2018

A great little spot for a stay. Fascinating staying in the old jail complete with the jailhouse door and even a ball and chain... Really warm and comfy with good facilities for two people. We had a good meal too at the Vulcan Hotel a short stroll away.

Phillippa Maher, April 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay it is such a special place. The cottage and its upkeep is a credit to you. The resounding opinion from all of us in the group was we would be back and stay for longer next time. Thanks again

Paul & Valerie, 24 June 2018

We wanted to say how much we appreciated the way you have the Constable’s cottage. Our guests from Wellington were completely impressed with the level of decor and equipment along with our enjoyment of it. In all the trip was very successful and we put our friends on the plane this morning very happy with the whole experience. The weather was somehow magical in providing sunshine and at the same time a good sense of Central all in the winter!

Bill Deed

October 2017 – Being an historian I loved the ambiance of the old jail. The facilities were excellent and more than adequate. We loved the contact with the locals at the Vulcan Hotel and the hospitality of Jude and Mike Kavanagh was a delight.
It is not often that I will give a top overall rating — but here it is.
I will come back!

Mike Chunn

Mike Chunn

September 2017 - enjoyed the jail, the cottage, the views and the Vulcan Hotel!

The Fergusons

St Bathans Jail January 2017

It’s just over a week ago that we stayed in your unique Jail accommodation! Thank you very much for the splendid historic experience, with all mod cons! Thanks also for the ample choice of items for breakfast, with ample crockery, etc.

As our daughter & fiancé had enjoyed their stay there before, we knew all about St Bathans & your cute Jail/Gaol! They had invited us to holiday down there, & they camped this time, while we had our first stay in St Bathans.  We have driven through ONCE, a long while ago! It was a delight to do the walks near the lake, & I had the time to do the route right around- very picturesque, with the informative history plaques filling in the story of how St Bathans & the Blue Lake came to be.   

 Our meal at the Vulcan Hotel was faultless, with friendly, happy folk bringing us excellent fare in that relatively remote location.

Pam Fantham

St Bathans Jail January 2017

We had a wonderful stay in the Jail and I just wanted to say thank you. We were very impressed with it and would definitely stay there again. January 2017

NH, Auckland

St Bathans Jail June 2016

Angela, this is just to tell you how much we enjoyed staying in the jail. St Bathans was the perfect place in which to stay- it has the same restorative  powers that the Hokianga does- you feel great after only 18 hours in the area.  Many thanks- you have a lovely place there and just the right level of comfort.

Tahlee Henry (Southland)

Tahlee Henry (Southland)

St Bathans Jail

Thank you so much Angela for the jailhouse we absolutely loved it ! So cute and cosy, we had an amazing time and will definitely be back !

Caroline Allison

Constable's Cottage January 2016

I just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you very much for the loan of the Constables Cottage last month. I've been meaning to write to let you know just how much we loved the cottage and the whole St Bathans experience. You have done a wonderful job with the cottage and in our opinion, everything was just perfect. We had a magical time, made even better with you allowing us to bring Frank [the dog] along.

Emil and Judith Nye

March 2015
Enjoying St Bathans again - One could not find a better appointed cottage anywhere, nor a lovelier place! We had an absolutely delightful 48 hours in the cottage. More roomy than the jail and our stay could not have been nicer.

Bill and Judith McPhail, 17/4/2015

Bill and Judith McPhail, 17/4/2015

St Bathans Jail

I wanted to take a moment to say just how impressed Judith and I were, during our stay in St Bathans. The accommodation in the jail  was excellent and we were very comfortable throughout. Please pass on my sincere thanks to Sue who cleaned the unit - she does a great job.  The food at the hotel was excellent as well and thank you for arranging this on our behalf.

Marius and Isabel Meyer, May 2012

Marius and Isabel Meyer, May 2012

We just want to say thank you very much for allowing us to stay in your amazing cottage. Nothing prepared us for what we saw, words can’t describe our emotions when we opened the door. We have stayed in a fair amount of places but this is the first one where we really did not want to go home, that was why we changed our minds at the last minute and booked those extra days.

The peace and quiet is awesome, it is like we were in another world. The food at the hotel was really good and the owners and patrons made us feel like we belong, even Jack the dog made us his best mates! (photo of me with him next to lake). We even had the chance to assist in a sheep drive on one of the quiet back roads!

Once again thank you and we will definitely be back, as a matter of fact our experience made us decide to look for property in the area for our retirement.

Kind regards,
Marius and Isabel Meyer

Tim Prebble August 2013

Tim Prebble August 2013

Photographs from Tim's stay in 2013. The video link is also to a film Tim - a sound designer - made.

Sally Papps

Quirky, historic - a MUST stay!
Overall Rating:
Just breathtaking surroundings, stylishly appointed accommodation with well organised continental breakfast. Very comfortable.
Stayed in the Jail 10 February 2015

Steve and Anne Neilson

Steve and Anne Neilson

Just a note to say thank you Angela for making our stay at Constables Cottage so truly wonderful. You have made it a true home away from home, extremely warm and cosy, lovely bedding and furnishings…and a sympathetic restoration of genuine history and modern luxuries (love the kitchen & bathroom). An absolute gem of St Bathans. We would love to come back.

Steve and Anne Neilson

Cathy and John Hawley March 2013

What a wonderful place. Your cottage is marvelous and we lacked for nothing. Had a great walk around the hill and lake. Weather perfect. Thanks so much.

Peter Carr-Smith, May 2013

We totally enjoyed the Constables Cottage and thank you for the very enjoyable evening we had.

Peter Carr-Smith.

Bridget Burke and family, July 2013

The cottage exceeded all expectations and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay, thank you very much. The whole trip was a great success and I am looking forward to coming south again soon
I could rave on a lot more about the luxuriously appointed cottage and beautiful furnishings – as I'm certain you are well aware what a gem it is :)

Kindest Regards and many thanks
Bridget Burke

Andrew and Rosie Bogle

Andrew and Rosie Bogle

We had a great time, Thank you for our lovely stay at St Bathans. It was such a pleasure to share it with our family.

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