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Stonehaven Homestay
5.0 of 5 Guest house   |   414 Rapaura Rd, RD 3, Blenheim, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #2 of 45 Blenheim B&B and Inns
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“Gracious hosts truly make this Blenheim homestay a treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2008

I’d like to preface our review by noting that, during our 17-day trip to NZ, my husband and I stayed at 9 different accommodations throughout the South Island. That being said, my husband and I were quick to agree: Stonehaven was by far our favorite accommodation of the trip- whether B&B, Boutique, or Cottage.
Hosts John and Paulette (and black lab Bessie) have a wonderful home- both comfortable and warm- which is only rivaled by the genuine warmth they show to all of their guests. Due to our itinerary, we regrettably could only spend 2 nights at Stonehaven. When we had to leave- as if leaving close family- we truly hoped we would return soon!
Stonehaven is very conveniently located a short bike ride or drive to many local wineries including fantastic lunch spots and dinner options. Our advice; however, is to bypass the overpriced Herzog degustation meal in exchange for dining-in at Stonehaven
1) Bigger portions.
2) Better conversation
3) Absolutely wonderful meal by the marvelous Paulette who is an incredible cook!
We thoroughly enjoyed our meal of NZ green lipped mussels and lamb, made perfect by the great wine pairings.
The room in which we stayed had a comfortable bed, large ensuite bathroom; was smartly decorated and very clean. The view across the vineyard towards the mountains was spectacular. Breakfast at Stonehaven was another treat beyond our expectations - one of the many highlights of our stay (kudos again to Paulette’s talent in the kitchen!) All in all- we can only give highest recommendations to this fantastic stay.

An extra note: being a younger couple in our 20s, my husband and I both agree that at a few other accommodations, we sometimes sensed a little less “warmth” from some of the hosts with which we came in contact. Perhaps we imagined the inauthentic feelings we felt, or perhaps these were exhibited equally towards all patrons by the particular host, but NOT SO at Stonehaven. We experienced the most genuine of friendliness and graciousness to each guest, a quality that would bring us back again to stay at Stonehaven in a flash!

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — That we couldn't stay longer (but this was due to our own scheduling issues)
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2008

Situated in the middle of a vineyard in the heart of New Zealand's Marlborough wine district, Stonehaven VIneyard Homestay is a surprisingly affordable (considering the quality of the homestay experience) accommodation. The hosts, John and Paulette, are perfectly wonderful folks who treat each guest as if he or she is the only person in the house. Conversation, local information and a glass of some of the wonderful and largely undiscovered or unavailable wines are offered to the weary traveler by John as well as information about the local wineries to tour. And the breakfasts! They are glorious in presentation, nutrition and taste. Paulette is a gifted cook and the table groans with copious amounts of tasty morsels. In a month of tramping around both islands this was the high point in luxury and comfort without giving away the farm and selling the kids into slavery. We give this house our highest possible and unqualified recommendation.

  • Liked — Our hosts
  • Disliked — Had to leave!
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2008

Be prepared for a relaxing, wonderful New Zealand experience at Stonehaven, which was by far our favorite lodging in NZ. We unfortunately were only there for one night. John and Paulette are incredible hosts. They anticipate your every need, and make you feel more than at home. In addition to the included fabulous breakfast, we highly recommend having dinner as well. Paulette is an incredible cook! You will be impressed by the beauty of Stonehaven, especially John's garden. Also the cleanliness - the windows are Spotless!!! (If you're lucky, Paulette may share her secret). You can also rent bikes for the day from John to explore the nearby wineries. If you don't taste anything you like at the wineries, John also has a lovely cellar from which you can select a bottle to go with dinner.

  • Liked — hosts
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2008

We stayed for two nights at Stonehaven with two teenage boys right before Christmas.

John and Paulette are wonderful hosts. We enjoyed homecooked breakfasts with the hosts and the other guests in the sunny and cheerful gazebo overlooking John's beautiful gardens. Wine in the afternoon with John and other guests. Helpful advice on wineries and restaurants. John recommended that we visit a newly opened World War I Aviation Museum in Blenheim that is not yet in the guide books. The museum was fantastic.

But best of all was the feeling that I was staying in a friend's lovely home -- maybe because there is no hired help around and the owners are so cheerful. Don't miss the Rimu woodwork and artwork throughout the home.

I only regret that we didn't enjoy an evening meal with John and Paulette. I would definitely stay at Stonehaven again.

Stayed December 2007
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2007

A superb B&B – one of the best I stayed in during my travels through New Zealand. I stayed in February whilst touring the Marlborough wine area. It is perfectly situated in the midst of Marlborough’s finest vineyards. It is an ideal base to tour the various wineries with fantastic views over the surrounding vineyards and the mountains. John and Paulette Hansen were exceptional hosts and as I was travelling on my own, it was lovely to be made to feel so welcome. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

  • Liked — Wonderful Hosts
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2007

Spending three nights at Stonehaven with John and Paulette was, without question, a highlight of our New Zealand holiday. My husband and I were welcomed into their beautiful home and were treated like family. John and Paulette are two of the nicest and warmest people you could imagine and their home is a welcome respite for the New Zealand traveler.
They haven't missed a single detail in terms of comfort and beauty. The rooms are tastefully decorated and the beds, with their plump and abundant pillows and wonderful matresses, are a haven after a long day's hike on the Queen Charlotte Track. But don't miss out on spending a few hours (or more!) having tea with John and Paulette. In fact, dinner at their home is a MUST! Paulette is an amazing chef and makes it look simple to prepare a gourmet meal while chatting with her guests. John's advice on just about everything from wine to checking the weather maps is invaluable. Based on his keen knowledge of reading weather maps we were able to find a span of time to hike the QC track in gorgeous weather. He knows the area well and both John and Paulette gave us great advice on things to do and see during our stay and on our drive to Christchurch.
I would suggest spending no less than 2 nights at Stonehaven if you can find the time in your holiday plans.
My husband and I are so pleased that we had the opportunity to spend three nights at Stonehaven. We now feel like we have a New Zealand "family"!

  • Liked — The hosts
  • Disliked — there was nothing we didn't like
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2007

A superb B&B – perhaps the finest I’ve enjoyed anywhere across my five continents of travels.

Stayed two nights in early May while touring the Marlborough wine route. Perfectly situated nearby Marlborough’s finest vineyards and beautifully located within a vineyard of its own.

Owners John and Paulette Hansen were exceptionally warm and I instantly felt like long lost family member. Not merely great hosts, John and Paulette quickly proved to be quite the gourmets. Paulette’s three-course dinners, paired with wines from John’s collection, were most excellent and well worth the nominal additional cost. The included full breakfast was both delicious and filling. It should also be noted that most of the produce served was home grown!

My twin bedroom with downstairs private bath was comfortable and I was welcomed to relax throughout their gorgeous home. Internet and laundry facilities were made available for my use. Perhaps the highlight of my stay, though, was leaving the B&B and wandering throughout the beautiful garden and vineyard.

I cannot more highly recommend this homestay accommodation. Staying at Stonehaven was far more than just a stay – it was a full immersion into Kiwi hospitality.

  • Liked — Hospitality
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Stonehaven Homestay

Address: 414 Rapaura Rd, RD 3, Blenheim, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Blenheim
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 45 B&Bs / Inns in Blenheim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Stonehaven Homestay 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
5 STAR QUALMARK GUEST & HOSTED AND ENVIRO SILVER AWARD. Stonehaven Homestay is situated amongst 20 acres of Sauvignon Blanc vines in the heart of sunny Marlborough's wine country, within easy walking or cycling distance of our most renowned wineries. Experience genuine, generous 'kiwi' hospitality - your comfort and a relaxing stay are our top priorities. The two Guest Rooms (King NZ$288 per night & Queen NZ$262 per night have exquisite vineyard & mountain views). Each room has a spacious en-suite bathroom with all the amenities you could wish for including underfloor heating, heated towel rail, bathrobes & toiletries. Rooms have bar fridges with complimentary goodies, Tea & Coffee making facilities with fresh home-baking, complimentary Port and Sherry, TV, electric blankets etc.Our delicious 'White Linen' Breakfast is a Stonehaven specialty and features home-grown & local produce - guaranteed to set you up for the day. Three course evening dining is available by arrangement. Book-A-Bike bicycle and scooter hire is based at Stonehaven. Have a fun day cycling around the wineries or take a scooter for a sight-seeing tour of the district for a taste of what Marlborough has to offer. ... more   less 
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