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Ribbonwood Retreat

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26 Greens Road, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
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Ribbonwood Retreat
Ranked #2 of 7 Franz Josef B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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103 reviews 103 reviews
94 hotel reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Although the bedroom was small we had a huge bathroom and exclusive use of one part of the house. Jonathon cooked us a lovely pizza using mostly home-grown ingredients. It is a lovely location surrounded by mountains, one of which has the last 350 of a type of kiwi still in the wild. Jonathon is a mine of information on... More 

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As we were planning our trip to NZ in 2014, a close friend recommended Ribbonwood Retreat as the place to stay if we were ever in Franz Josef. We are really happy she did, as our one night stay there during the second week of January 2015 was simply brilliant! We stayed in the cottage, and spent a considerable time... More 

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Chalfont St. Giles, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Thank you Julie and Jo. We cannot wait to come and stay in your delightful Retreat again. Thank you for sharing your home and your time and knowledge and making sure we really enjoyed ourselves. Not sure what else to wax lyrical about first, the breakfast crepes of fresh fruit, the wooden cottage, the peace, the birds or the best... More 

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Berlin, Germany
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed only one night in Ribbonwood, but it was a special one! During the only breakfast in Ribbonwood we kept on asking questions and Jonathan told us EVERYTHING about preserving the unique nature of New Zealand and the work he has done in this field for many years.This breakfast was really special. We followed our host`s advice and went... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As said so many times earlier by other reviewers, we too had a fabulous time at the cottage. the location is just apt for a quiet time out. The hosts, John and Julie make you feel at home. Awesome food connoisseurs they are, served us delicious breakfast ( we being strict vegetarians; no eggs also). our 4 yr old son... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed at this beautiful cottage and had a wonderful time! The hosts Jan and Julie were the most gracious hosts with a treasure trove of information for first time travellers into NZ. The crepes that Julie served us for breakfast were delicious and was a wonderful way to get going for the day. Would recommend this B&B to anyone... More 

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46 hotel reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 via mobile

Even before entering the property, we already felt welcome. From the deco, to check in, to the breakfast there were so many personal touches from Jo. (Jo even made his own bread to serve us the next day) Bed was very comfortable and we had good sleep. We had a good stay and would definitely recommend this place to our... More 

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23 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

We stayed in the cottage and had a fabulous time. The evening drinks on the decking was truly magical. Watching the birds and overlooking the mountains. Great location to head off for walks and far enough out of Franz to avoid the noise of the helicopters. Jonathon was a great host and served a mean breakfast. Very friendly and helpful.... More 

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Paris, Texas
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We just arrived after the hailstorm. Jonathan had been gardening and was as surprised as us it seems! We staid in the cottage, and we were the first guests of the season. The "no shoe policy" suited us just fine, coming from Sweden and all...but get thick socks for the cold floor if you are coming early in the season.... More 

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Canberra, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We stayed in Ribbonwood in January 2014 and still think about what a great time we had there. Jonathan and Julie made us at home before we even landed in New Zealand, setting up our glacier flight and providing lots of information about what to do. On arrival, in pouring rain, they escorted us in and then helped us find... More 

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Address: 26 Greens Road, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4

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