I tend to agree with the review in Nov 2009. Richard, I think, does his best but appears a little forgetful and a reluctant host on occasions. Ana is busy working and cannot always be present to help with breakfast. Our wish to change times for breakfast appeared to be a bit of a problem and the impression given was one of inconvenience. The cold fare was very good but bacon and eggs arrived with the cereal and sausages stayed frozen (we stayed for 3 nights) and an omelette was out of the question. We were offered one egg or two but our reply was never heard.
There is a small resident's lounge with TV but insufficient room if all guests want to use the facilities.
The garden and views from the rear of the property are beautiful. Parking is difficult at the end of the cul-de-sac.
We enjoyed our visit but have reached the conclusion that we felt like naughty schoolchildren much of the time - fearful of being a nuisance. Like naughty schoolchildren we have found this amusing but others may not.
Portobello is lovely and the scenic drive to this hotel is well worth it as long as you leave plenty of time to negotiate the twisty roads.
Handy for Dunedin and the Albatross Centre. Yellow=eye penguins and sea lions can ve seen on arranged trips.
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- Homestay in large character house , easy access to the Albatross Colony, close to penguins and ocean beaches. Beautiful waterside location, warm in winter, with secluded garden and superb harbour views. Two queen rooms with en suites. A special breakfast in our conservatory. Dinner by arrangement. Antiques and local artwork, a vast jazz collection, internet access. Cats in residence. Rainbow friendly. ... more less
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