Vanessa and Allan Barber have lived in New Zealand for 40 years after emigrating from Great Britain.

Having travelled extensively through Europe, Asia, North and South America, they understand and appreciate other cultures and perspectives. Allan and Vanessa formerly owned and ran Sugarloaf Lodge in Matakana and retired to Point Wells, but after a year found they missed all their wonderful guests. Now they enjoy welcoming visitors from all over the world to their home where you can relax in the delightful atmosphere of The Cottage.

There is no doubt that Allan and Vanessa are both talented and creative. Allan has a degree in Modern Languages from Cambridge University and speaks fluent French and German. He also has a working knowledge of Spanish and Italian too. Allan works as a freelance agricultural journalist, writing for a rural newspaper and websites.

Vanessa is passionate about art and interior design. Her talents are evident at the Cottage where she has created a restful atmosphere with a wonderful sense of style. With a love of gardening and landscaping, and an obvious affinity with Matakana, Vanessa has also woven her personal style into the garden that surrounds The Cottage.