A deliberately different, John Henderson designed, slightly quirky B & B in Bethlehem, Tauranga – situated next door to Somerset Cottage Restaurant, a long established restaurant and cookschool


Conveniently situated just across the road from Bethlehem Shopping Centre, and right next door to Somerset Cottage Restaurant, the Studio was designed to take full advantage of the magnificent vista out over a stand of centuries-old native bush. Bethlehem sits equidistance between both stunning hikes up in the Kaimais, and one of NZ’s top beaches in the expanse of sand at Mt Maunganui. In between there are a range of locally owned retail and food businesses that we’d be delighted to direct you too.

Otherwise we have lots of books and other reading material at the Studio, a very relaxing outlook, and easy off-road walks right on your doorstep.

This beautiful studio accommodation for one or two people is the perfect complement to what’s on offer at the restaurant (dining and cookschools) or equally can be used as a space that’s totally private and self contained.

The choice is yours.


First and foremost, the Studio has been created as a space to relax in, where NZ design gets to be showcased (wait until you see the Sarah Backler Ceramics light up close!)

A kingsize bed up on the mezzanine sleeps 1 to 2, with wonderful vistas of the native bush beyond.

Downstairs simple kitchen amenities segue into comfortable seating along with a Brendon Catley table – for inhouse dining – and some of our personal library is also at your disposal.

If your choice is to be totally private, then street access and private parking are quite separate from the restaurant, and you are more than welcome to remain completely apart and enjoy the seclusion. And should you so desire, we’re happy to bring a restaurant cooked dinner over to you on the nights that the restaurant kitchen is open – Wednesday to Saturday.

Or if you’d like to avail yourself of what we have available at the restaurant, be that dining or cookschools, we can be accessed by a short wander along the private path between the two properties.

We’d be delighted to welcome you.

  • Couch
  • Table
  • TV
  • Books
  • Current magazines
  • Netflix
  • Spotify
  • Wifi
  • Breakfast provisions (home made)
  • Breadhead bread
  • Wine and other drinks
  • Tea Total tea
  • Freshly ground coffee
  • Bathroom
  • Shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • Fridge
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Dual microwave oven
  • Private off-road secure parking
  • Private entrance
  • Easy access to restaurant
  • King-sized bed
  • Linen provided


$390 per night, for up to two people


Bookings & availability

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Pay with your credit card using our secure payment provider (Stripe). We will put a hold on the payment until your booking is confirmed, at which point the payment is processed. Holds are automatically released if your booking is declined.

The Restaurant

Somerset Cottage restaurant was established back in 1986 and continues to be run by Anne and Rick, who remain as committed to the notion of good food and warm hospitality as they ever have.

Open Wednesday to Saturday for dinner, we’ve also run daytime Cookschools in the restaurant kitchen for over 25 years. The latest schedule is always up on the restaurant website, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries about using the restaurant facilities.

As a guest of the Studio, we would be delighted to welcome you to the restaurant for dinner with a complimentary pre-dinner drink. If you’d rather we brought dinner to you in the Studio, you can choose from the current restaurant menu or we can prepare a dinner platter – on the nights that the restaurant kitchen is open.

Gift Vouchers

If you’d like to treat someone to a little getaway, we offer gift vouchers for both our Accommodation and Restaurant.

Your voucher purchased here can be redeemed for at either the Studio or the Restaurant, or if you’d like Restaurant specific vouchers you can purchase those on our Restaurant website.

Our gift vouchers don’t have an expiry date, but please treat them like cash, as we may not be able to replace lost vouchers.

On the next page you can select whether you’d like to print your voucher at home, or we can post or courier it to you.

Simply fill your details in on the right, select your delivery options from the next page, then pay via Credit Card with our secure payment provider

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