This is a beautiful old colonial style property lovingly cared for by owners David and Jan.The rooms are presented to the highest standards and the abundant roses in the garden were in full bloom during our visit.The full size palm tree in our bedroom also took our fancy.There are stunning views over the bay from this elevated site and pleasant walks nearby in the wonderful Botanical Gardens and lovely old Cemetry just round the corner. David and Jan are the perfect hosts.They are trained for the job ,have bags of experience --and it shows.Nothing is too much trouble-a plate of freshly picked strawberries whilst we relaxed round the pool(David made the rest into home-made jam), a lift in the evening to the vineyard restaurant recommended and booked by them etc etc.The food is faultless plus an excellent wine list.However it is the hosts who make this the quality experience it is.They deliver the highest quality product and service with great good humour.-an unqualified recommendation
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 5* McHardy Lodge is a beautifully restored 1896 residence situated in a quiet cul de sac on exclusive Napier Hill, close to all the attractions of Art Deco Napier and the wineries, golf and gannet colony of Cape Kidnappers and the award winning dining experiences of Hawkes Bay. The Lodge has a wealth of rich native Kauri timber and antique furnishings. The suites are dressed with fine furnishings and linens, with luxurious beds to sink into and relax. Spacious bathrooms feature claw foot or deep tub baths and large showers, making them the ideal place to relax and unwind. Relaxation is not confined to your suite. After a gourmet breakfast overlooking the Ocean you can lounge around the pool or on one of the extensive verandahs - the views of the blue Pacific Ocean and mountain ranges in the distance will beguile you. Enjoy a game on our full size billiards table in the billiard room, or snuggle up in the library in front of the fire. Whether it is merely a break from life’s pressures, a special holiday, a celebration you want to make so much more special, or you are planning the ideal start to married life together – we will ensure you have an experience you will treasure. ... more less
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