We had a night as we had heard great things about the Lodge. We now know why.
The scenery is spectacular being on top of the highest spot in the area. Mount Taranaki one side and the coast and countryside the other.
We were given a tour of the building and a beautiful tray of assorted crackers, dips, cheese etc. We made a drink from the great selection of teas & coffees in our well-equiped room.
We were shown different options for crossing the farm, the paths and interesting items to look at and animals. We had an enjoyable walk and saw things of interest creating an appetite for dinner.
We chose wine from an excellent selection. As we had already arranged what we would like off the menu. We sat down to brilliant meal. Both in variety and taste. We were asked more than once if we wanted more and indulged. We felt like we were members of the family and enjoyed chatting and reminising, sitting in front of a large log fire.
The bed was very comfortable and look out through the large glass doors to a beautiful view.
The next morning we awoke to another sunny day and went for breakfast. We started off with a great selection of cereals, muesli, fruit and yoghurt. This was followed with one of the best cooked breakfasts I can remember having. Special teas and coffee.
A very special place and experience. We will recommend it to all our friends and family.
Thank you for such a special time.
I stumbled across this place whilst trying to find somewhere to book mid-summer in the Taranaki region.
The accommodation is a large purpose-built house. Half is occupied by the owner's family, the other half is the accommodation. The rooms are generously sized, well appointed,comfy beds and are in excellent state of repair. All rooms have lots of natural light and overlook the valley.
You're given a key to your room and a key to the house, so you can come and go as you please.
Nice little touches such as fruit bowl at your disposal in the living area, or fresh water in your fridge, or sometimes even a little cheese left in your fridge for when Robyn reckons you'll be back late from a long day out.
But what really makes this place are Jim and Robyn, great couple in their own right, but also great hosts.
Robyn is a fountain of knowledge on Taranaki region, what she doesn't know about Taranki probably isn't worth knowing. Maps, books, restaurant names, tales and stories will come flying in all directions.
Jim also knows Taranaki well of course, but his pièce de resistance is a tour of the lay of the land (all 56 acres of it) on the back of his farm bike. Its obvious he takes pride and care in what he does on the farm, whether its affection for the livestock or planting of trees for the future.
But from a visitor's point of view, a tour by Jim will provide you with an idea of where you can explore, and there are some lovely spots for "mini-hikes" that you don't see from the house up top.
Breakfasts are plentiful and tasty, choice of continental or cooked. And at least on one morning, you should try Jim's lamb and goat sausages.
Overall the experience is more of a homestay than a B&B, which works well, both for the Taranaki region and the lodge itself.
Robyn and Jim really do make you feel like one of the family, even to the point of the walk to the door and the wave goodbye as you drive down the hill .... just like home !
Jim and Robyn were fantastic hosts and treated us to a meal one evening - great to eat home cooked food. The accommodation is wonderful - spacious room with all the facilities you might need. Jim's breakfasts were just the thing to set you up for a day's hard touristing.
...and the views - dominated by that mountain! It was hidden by cloud the evening we arrived, but the following morning, all blue sky and sunshine, there it was out of the window with a fresh fall of snow. Stunning.
We would love to go back some day. Thanks very much to our hosts.