We stayed in Fairhall for 2 nights in February 2007 as part of our trip around NZ. It’s ideally located close to Napier and the surrounding Hawke’s Bay, famous for it’s wine. If you are a wine lover, this is certainly the place to stay as the host Steve is extremely knowledgeable, in fact each of the 3 rooms is named after a different Hawke’s Bay winery – though it’s by no means unsuitable for people who don’t like wine – it’s a lovely place to stay.
We arrived via the town of Clive, and found Fairhall on a very sharp corner just outside town. It’s a fairly precarious blind corner for on coming traffic – suggestion to Steve is to get the hedge trimmers out! Upon turning in we were greeted by a very welcoming Steve, who showed us around and settled us in. The rooms are located in their own cottage style building a little away from Steve and Jackie’s house, the gardens are really well kept and the accomodation simple but really nice.
The place has a wine theme throughout (if you hadn’t guessed already), there’s vintage bottles from local winemakers and various bits of memorabilia on the walls. The whole place is clean and well kept and the bedrooms and bathrooms smartly decorated and comfy. Great showers and electric blankets on the bed!
For a quick evening dinner we recommend the Clive hotel Restaurant (River Bar), literally just 5 minutes away in the car and has great food. Otherwise there is some much more expensive fine dining options at the wineries, Steve can advise on this. Breakfast was nice if possibly a little minimal.. the smallest slices of toast we’ve ever seen, but really the rest of the breakfast was fine and we left Fairhall having enjoyed our stay very much.
We had a really enjoyable stay and felt really at home at Fairhall.
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