We have just had our fourth long weekend at Mangagapapa this year and each experience is better than the one before.
The gracious old homestead is set in simply beautiful gardens then further surrounded by orchards, I don't think I have ever heard such loud and joyous birdsong, but it's true there is so much to delight in. This natural beauty is matched by the warmth of the welcome and overwhelming desire by the staff to make this a personally tailored and perfect experience, it was.
Since our last visit there is a new manager who has vision and exciting plans afoot, including a measure of self sustainability in the form of home grown produce and some livestock....early stages, but the poached eggs that we enjoyed for breakfast were from their own hens ( the glossiest most friendly hens I have ever met) gathered that morning and with all the flavour of a true free range egg. This is a perfect spot for the discerning traveller.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There is still a place where guests are greeted at the car, where every guest is catered to with pride and where meals turn into timeless events. Built in 1885, this exquisite hotel is known locally as the homestead of Sir James and Lady Wattie. It has been carefully renovated throughout yet maintains its historical look and charm. The hotel boasts 12 magnificent guest suites, each individually decorated from modern contemporary style to old fashioned elegance. Mangapapa's restaurant serves a bespoke menu seven days a week. With a choice of 3 or more courses, with or without matching wines, we guarantee a memorable and complete dining experience. The Menu changes daily, always optimizing the fresh produce of the kitchen garden and local suppliers. For lunch order a delicious Mangapapa picnic to savour anywhere on or off the Mangapapa grounds, or try new terrace menu. The Conservatory is available for those who would rather eat indoors; a bright and sunny spot even in the winter when the roaring fire will keep you warm. Together with the pool, spa retreat, tennis court, and fully equipped conference facilities, this 'Olde Worlde' homestead offers the ultimate experience. ... more less
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