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Atholwood Luxury Country Accommodation
5.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   118 Bronte Rd East | RD1 Upper Moutere, Bronte, Mapua 7173, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Bronte B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“JUST PERFECT”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2010

We have just returned from the most amazing holiday in NZ staying at a variety of places but for us the jewel in the crown was Atholwood, the most beautiful house, the very nicest hosts, Sarah and Ian made us feel like friends rather than paying guests. Everything that has been said in the previous reviews is true, if I could give a score out of 10, I would say 11 it was perfect and I am very fussy, I have never stayed anywhere that was so beautifully clean, indeed a credit to Sarah & Ian. My only regret is that we were not staying longer than our 2 days. If ever we go back to NZ Atholwood is where we will stay, I would arrange my trip around getting accommodation there.

All I can say is THANK YOU Sarah & Ian for a lovely memory.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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Vigo, Spain
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2010

A perfect place for holidays. We stayed two nights in one of the B&B suites, but would like to stay longer. It was a lovely combination of comfort and sophistication. The king size bed was one of the most confortable we ever tried. The ensuite bathroon was big, new, with all the things you needed and more... The house is sorrounded by lovely gardens, with many trees and wonderful flowers, a nice place to unwind and relax.
In addition, breafast was great with many different choices and including local products.
And what is more important, Sarah and Ian Cole are the perfect hosts, really kind and helpful. They made everything possible to make our stay unforgetable.
Tip: they suggested us a nice place to have dinner in Mapua dock, 10-15 min. by car.
GONZALO AND BEGONA (SPAIN)

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2010

Fabulous comfortable room; with stunng view over the beautiful gardens across the estuary. Sarah and Ian were loveley hosts who could not do enough for us. A great base from which we we able to explore this beautiful part of New Zealand especially the Abel Tasman Park.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pavia, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2010

My husband and I heartily recommend "Atholwood Luxury Country Accomodation". The people running it are very, very nice, friendly and kind; the rooms are cozy, snug and provided with all you need to enjoy your stay to the best - including a stunning view from your window. Also, it is a beautiful corner of New Zealand and you can see so much starting from here. We've been here on our honeymoon and we felt like we found heaven on earth.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2010

Beautiful accommodation within stunning grounds. Very peaceful, relaxed setting. Super friendly, helpful hosts.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Firenze
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2010

We stayed at the Atholwood only two days but we would have liked to stay more.
Among the ten different hotels we saw during our honeymoon, this was the best one.
The place is "like home", very close to the Abel Tasman cruises' departures and to the nearest city Nelson where you can go and eat really good fish (please go to the Boat Shed restaurant).
The two owners are really friendly and easy-going people and we spent with them some wonderful time during our breakfasts (she cooks express wonderful meals, like no other breakfast you can have).
So don’t miss this place if you are planning to spent some time in the upper NZ South Island.

Davide&Valentina
from italy

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Inverness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2010

We stayed in Atholwood in the autumn which was a great time to visit as the weather was still warm and sunny but most of the tourists had left. The views over the Waimea estuary were to die for and we loved sitting on the balcony or wandering around the beautiful woodland garden. On more energetic days we would kayak from the garden across the estuary to Mapua for lunch or browsing in the gift shops. My husband could mountain bike from the apartment into a network of roads and tracks and would be away for hours.
Ian and Sara were very welcoming and the apartment was modern and stylish and very convenient to Nelson and the Abel Tasman National Park. It even has a vineyard next door. I would move there in a heart beat.
Great places to visit
Rabbit island for its flat sandy beach and woodland barbecue areas.
Mount Arthur for wonderful tracks
Nelson and Motueka weekend markets
Ruby Bay for beach walks
Kaiteriteri for its idyllic beach/kayaking and mountain bike track
Abel Tasman - Walk or Kayak
Takaka for its attractive gift shops and galleries and great boutique brewery
Marlborough vineyards with beautiful al fresco restaurants - especially loved Herzog and Alan Scott Wineries
Marlborough Sounds - explore by boat Havelock is a great starting point
Walk or bike the Queen Charlotte Track
Nelson Lakes - lovely bush walks smelling of honey (could never work out if it was the Manuka trees or something else)

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Additional Information about Atholwood Luxury Country Accommodation

Address: 118 Bronte Rd East | RD1 Upper Moutere, Bronte, Mapua 7173, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Mapua > Bronte
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Bronte
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Atholwood Luxury Country Accommodation 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Atholwood Luxury Counrty Accommodation is a unique five star luxury retreat, offering you serenity in comfort and style with two B&B suites and a self-contained apartment, all with their own balconies and views over the Waimea estuary,at the entrance to the grounds is the self-contained Gatehouse cottage. Set in 2.2 Acres of park-like grounds with native trees and hidden pathways that border the estuary, and ideally situated between Nelson and the Abel Tasman National Park. ... more   less 
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