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Meet your hosts

In 2016 we made the life-changing decision to move our family, including our 3-year-old daughter Ella-Rose, 2 dogs and 2 cats from a well-estalished life in Cornwall. Having previously stumbled across Matheson Bay and Leigh during our tour of New Zealand we knew that the mix of stunning beaches, amazing rural vistas and exceptionally friendly people was the place we would call home. This was further cemented when we visited the local primary school and saw the children skipping, running and laughing – all in bare feet and with a sense of carefree youthful innocence, so difficult to find these days.

Having designed, built and managed successful boutique holiday let properties in the UK, we wanted to bring this luxurious and personal concept to NZ and when 11.5 acres of land in Matheson Bay appeared on the market, we knew this was our opportunity to create a slice of paradise. 

With an old potters’ cottage ripe for renovation we set to work turning the cottage and the surrounding land into luxury accommodation with a home from home feel. As friends visited and didn’t want to leave, we realised that we had something very unique and magical and the idea of creating a romantic wedding and events venue was born. 

Holding qualifications in garden and interior design and having over 10 years experience in the luxury holiday let market we wanted to align the beautiful NZ fauna and wildlife with interior colours and furnishings that truly bonds both environments, without compromising on luxury and style. 

Songbird Retreat is a peaceful haven, an opportunity to truly relax and just be with your loved one. Luxurious accommodation and landscapes that are inspired by nature, revive the senses and nourish the soul.