We spent two nights at this beautiful B&B. Jess and Eileen and their friendly dog were the best hosts! We arrived about 9 PM after a flight into Napier. They were at the door to welcome us and help get the luggage up the stairs. We stayed in the Sauvignon Blanc suite. We found it very comfortable; the evening was warm and we were glad to find an air conditioner in the suite. This suite has a separate living area so if one person is a night owl and the other a morning lark, there is ample room to let the sleeper be undisturbed. The small balconey has great views over the vineyards with mountain behind that. Very beautiful and romantic. Breakfast was cooked to order at the time we asked the night before. They offered us a relaxing time on the porch with wine and "nibbles" before we hurried off to a restaurant in Napier. We were concerned that the location in the Esk Valley outside of Napier would be inconvenient. But the taxi driver knew just where it was; the wine guide (whom we would also recommend Grant Petherick) picked us up there with no complaints. It was about 10 minutes from the airport; about 17 minutes to downtown Napier. Their vineyard sends their grapes to the Esk Valley Winery to be made into a delightful Sauvignon Blanc. Eileen is willing to sell their private stock if you request. (Look up Esk Valley Winery if you want to find out how well they make wine!) Plan a visit to that winery while you are there. Outstanding! Anyway, we thoroughly enjoyed out two nights. We would have stayed another night if we had known that the rivers near Taupo were fished out for the season and we drove back to near Esk Valley to fish with a guide the next day. Also Free Wifi with a computer in the lounge for guest use!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique accommodation in gardens and vineyards in the heart of the beautiful Esk Valley. Peace and privacy yet only 15 min from Art Deco Napier. Our rooms are named after the grapes grown in the vineyard and are tastefully decorated with quality linen and fittings and recycled Rimu timber is used throughout. The Sauvignon Suite is a self-contained suite consisting of bedroom with King Bed, veranda overlooking vineyards and gardens, separate lounge and separate bathroom. The Riesling room consists of twin King single beds and en-suite. The Semillon room is a ground floor room with its own private entrance onto the veranda and woodland gardens. It has a king size bed, TV and DVD, fridge, tea and coffee making facilities and quality linen and fittings. There is a separate and private bathroom with shower and bath and a separate toilet. All rooms have heat pumps, tea and coffee making facilities, fridge, TV and DVD, wireless Internet access (free). In addition guests can make use of the lower guest lounge and large LCD TV with full Sky Digital, library and DVD library and Espresso machine. Outside guests can wander the gardens, pick fruit for the table or play Petanque, Lawn darts and other games or just relax. Guests can use our Retro style bicycles to explore the vineyards, Cafes of the Esk Valley. Or borrow a rod for fly or surf fishing. Breakfasts are a feature with local fruits and homemade preserves and yoghurt to start with and an extensive choice of cooked items. We use our own and local produce whenever possible including eggs from our chickens and fruit and vegetables from the garden. Organic options available and special diets catered for. An evening meal or platter is available on request for those guests who have had a busy day walking the hills, swimming at the beaches or partaking in the many wine and food delights of Hawkes Bay. Esk Valley Lodge is an environmentally friendly operation that uses sustainable practices. ... more less
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