My wife and I spent 16 days touring both islands and we had some amazing experiences to say the least. From the Milford Sound, to the Queen Charlotte track, to the glaciers, to beaches and thermal pools we enjoyed them all but the Hillsfield House and Jo and Steve's hospitality always rises to the top as one of our most memorable experiences. The scent of lavender will have a new and lasting sensory association with me, everyone time I smell it I'm immersed with memories of our stay here. Kudos to Steve and Jo, their hospitality and attention to detail has set the bar for B&B's for my wife and me. We may try to find an equal but I know we won't until we return which will not be soon enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Courtyard Cottage is a peaceful, rural, self-contained hideaway, aptly named as it is found nestled in a pavilion, separate to that of your hosts, with a private entrance all of its own so you can make yourselves at home and come and go as you please. Tastefully and elegantly furnished, The Courtyard Cottage boasts a cosy lounge and dining area on the ground floor, along with a country-styled kitchenette, overlooking a sheltered garden filled with roses and lavender. Upstairs, a romantic master bedroom awaits you with a four poster bed, quality brocade bed linen and its own bathroom, stocked with beautiful hand-made soaps and bath toiletries, by Jeymar Soap & Body. Allow yourselves to indulge and be pampered, and awaken each morning to a continental breakfast served in your room at a time of your choosing, to suit your relaxation or travel plans. Alternatively, if preferred, we can bring you a basket of breakfast goodies the night before, to be enjoyed in the morning, at your leisure. During your stay, if the idea of gently cruising around Renwick's gorgeous boutique cellar doors takes your fancy, where you can take your time to delight in seasonal fare and some of the tastiest wine you could ever hope to try, we would love to make it happen for you. Here, you will find yourselves right in the heart of Marlborough's wine region and so our package also includes a complimentary bike tour with Wine Tours by Bike where you will have over a dozen or more cellar doors and restaurants to choose from, all within easy cycling distance away, via flat roads and bike paths and we promise you don't need to be super fit or confident on a bike to reach them. ... more less