My wife and I stayed at this B&B for 6 nights. We used it as a home base to explore the fabulous wine-country of South Island, as well as to take more extended day trips down the coast and into the mountains.
We almost exclusively stay at high-end resorts, and thus our standards are high. Coming to the Pepper Tree was a bit of a roll of the dice for us, as we hadn't heard of it before and really weren't sure of its quality. In NZ unfortunately B&Bs typically aren't that great.
We were so pleasantly surprised! The house itself is lovely - a huge old colonial structure set in a massive garden and vineyard, covered with flowers. And the owners were even more lovely - a Swiss couple who moved to NZ some years back. Being Swiss one might expect great efficiency and attention to detail - and we got exactly that. The service (and food) was topnotch in every respect.
The rooms were perfect, overlooking the wonderful garden. Really the only downside was the sound of birdsong in the morning - so loud that it woke us up at dawn.
The owners are charming people and great fun to talk to. We had a terrific time and were sorry to go.
I can not recommend this B&B more highly. If you find yourself staying in the NE corner of South Island, and are looking for a combination of laid-back NZ charm and Swiss efficiency, then this is the place to go!
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