Having never been to Okains before, we weren't entirely sure what to expect. We arrived late after work on a Friday night at the beginning of winter and expected the house to be cold and begging for a fire to be lit. Scott had been in earlier in the day and lit a fire for us to ensure the house was warm when we arrived - such an incredible gesture that is so hugely appreciated. The house is big and very comfortable, the kitchen is well stocked, the water gets very hot which is perfect when the weather is so cold, and it's just a short drive or walk down to the big beach. There is a general store that keeps spontaneous hours but Akaroa is 20 minutes drive over the hill. You can't drink the tap water but there was a small tank of filtered drinking water there which was fantastic. The house heats up beautifully with the log fire and the heat pump and there's plenty of outdoor space. If you turn out all the lights and go outside on a clear night, you will see the most incredible display of stars. It's a stunning spot which has won a place in both of our hearts. We will be back. Thank you Scott!