Our B&B hosts Russell and Margery Chilton could not have been more welcoming. Their wooden log-style cottage is set in a beautiful garden only a minute off the "63" main road in St Arnaud, between Murchison and Blenheim. We met their pet dogs and cats and instantly felt at home. The room we had was a little small and lacked a cupboard but in all other respects was cosy and clean, with an en-suite bathroom and toilet. We slept very comfortably and warmly on the Queen sized bed - and warmth is important in the cool alpine climate! Even though we visited in mid summer the night temperatures dropped below 15 deg C. Margery and Russell shared life experiences from the area and from their past as retired farmers. We shared many jokes and really appreciated the insight they gave us to activities in the area and particularly advice on day walks in the beautiful Nelson Lakes National Park (to which their property is closely located). We soaked up the bell bird calls and otherwise virtual complete silence at night. We enjoyed day walks and a boat (water taxi) trip on the Rotoiti Lake, which Margery kindly helped us book. Her breakfasts are a feast and her gourmet dinner a treat too - she is a respected cook in the area from speaking to the folks in St Arnaud village. Russell makes a good coffee and has many stories to share. We loved this place and have no hesitation in recommending it to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- St Arnaud House is a boutique sub-alpine Hosted bed and breakfast lodge nestled amongst native beech forest and its abundant bird life. We are within easy strolling distance to Lake Rotoiti the gateway to the Nelson Lakes National park We have three queen bedrooms available, all with en-suite bathrooms. Wireless broadband internet, evening meals are available by prior arrangement. St Arnaud House is heated by log fires and heat pump, making for cosy warm evenings in the winter. Whether you desire a romantic break or adventure holiday, or just yearning for fresh mountain air, St. Arnaud House is the perfect location.Come warm your toes in front of the log-burner after a great day's hiking, fishing or skiing. relax with a great espresso coffee, Please contact us for one of Margery's superb home cooked evening dinners, which includes a complimentary glass of wine are available by prior arrangement.)Russell & Margery, our Burmese cats, Pug & Chilli and Poodle, Ruby, look forward to welcoming you into our home and sharing our wonderful location with you. ... more less