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“Excellent but with a question mark against value” 4 of 5 stars
Review of McCormick House Luxury Accommodation

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McCormick House Luxury Accommodation
5.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   21 Leicester Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #11 of 24 Picton B&B and Inns
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“Excellent but with a question mark against value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2011

We were in Picton as our last port of call in the South Island before moving north. Picton is more than a jumping off point for the ferry - explore the vineyards of Marlborough and take the Queen Charlotte Drive around the coast to Nelson - and we spent four very comfortable nights here in the Captain's Room. It's a lovely room with a roll top bath set on a plinth in the room as well as a separate bathroom. Jeanne and Carl are friendly hosts and the food was excellent. In particular Jeanne will do an anti-pasti platter in the evening if you don't want to go out and it was great with a few glasses of the local wine. The only question we would raise in retrospect is the cost. We have no complaints, we booked knowing the price and that's fine but when we were able to review the other equivalent quality B&Bs we stayed in over 5 weeks, it does pose questions about value for money. 50% more expensive than the Talavera Room at the excellent Lambton Heights on the other side of the water in Wellington? Or the same premium over the marvellous Byron at Prospect Hill in Auckland? Doesn't add up really. Just to be clear, this is our only reservation about McCormick House, which in every other regard is an excellent choice.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2011

Choosing a special place to stay for Christmas (or as an everyday treat) is easy thanks to Jeanne & Carl at McCormick House Picton. We have treasured memories of our Christmas at McCormick House - especially the delights of a sumptuous champagne breakfast shared with Jeanne and Carl over great conversation and laughs on the garden terrace. The room presentation and meticulous attention to every detail is an unspoken labour of care and generosity by Jeanne - sublime comfort, privacy and luxury! We felt at home, relaxed and rested - 100% pure satisfaction.

No Carl - we haven't forgotten or could ever forget you - thank you so much!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2011

we spend one night in this B&B, and it was a so great time the have time to discust with the owner.
the room is very well decorated, comfortable, fruits and cookies for your convience.
about the breakfast, simply delicious, cooked according your request.
in fact, it was a greatful time.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2011

I must admit, having returned from NZ, I am surprised by the very positive reviews on McCormick House. If I had known the reality, I would not have booked there. The hosts are hospitable and helpful, but the Palm Room was very ordinary, with bilious green walls and the 'upmarket' bathroom failed to mask the fact that this was a room in a standard suburban house, which had a musty and catty smell and was a fair distance from the centre of town.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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CarlPicton, Owner at McCormick House Luxury Accommodation, responded to this review, January 6, 2011
It is very upsetting to hear that these guests did not enjoy their stay with us.
McCormick House has been independently assessed and rated as a 5 star property for the past 7 years.

These guests booked their room in June 2010, to stay for one night on Boxing day. They had the option back then, to book any of our other rooms, if the colour or price was not to their liking. We have several photographs and virtual tours of each room, clearly displaying colours and rates on our website.
They even had the option on arrival, to select another room, but chose to say nothing.

McCormick House is a large house, architect designed in 1914 and far from the suggested 'standard suburban house.' One of the few remaining renovated, grand family homes in Picton.

We pride ourselves on maintaining a high standard of cleanliness at all times and are disturbed and puzzled by the 'musty and catty smell' comment. Our rooms are aired and serviced daily and our two cats do not have access to guest bedrooms.

McCormick House is set in a quiet location less than 1 mile from the town center, away from the noise of the harbor, trains, pubs and bars. These guests had their own transport which would have taken them less than 2 minutes to drive to town. If guests wish to walk in to town, we advise that it is an easy 15 to 20 minute walk. If this is an issue, we offer complimentary transfers.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2010

We thoroughly enjoyed our two nights at McCormick House, Picton. Our only "complaint" would be we would have preferred the bathroom - which was very modern and stylish - to have been separated from the bedroom by a soundproof door, and not just a fairly open, louvered door.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2010

We stayed in the Palm Room which was beautiful The highlights of this room is the double spa bath within a sun room with loungers, the beautifully appointed on-suite and the amazing bed. We had a lovely relaxing break and our hosts were very welcoming, even taking us for a drive to experience the beauty of the sounds.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 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, 2010

McCormick House is far away one of my favorite places to stay. My husband and I visited last year during a 2 week trip to New Zealand. The rooms were spotless, perfect and so romantic. It was an unbelievable trip and we left McCormick House for last. We still talk about how unbelievable our room, THE BREAKFAST, and the service was. We are on the email updates for McCormick House which come only once or twice a year, but help us get nostalgic about our stay. The tomatoes at breakfast are unforgettable as well as the bacon and assorted jams, honey. Really quiet and relaxing. Short walk to little town, bay area. Just great relaxing way to close out our trip.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about McCormick House Luxury Accommodation

Address: 21 Leicester Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Picton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Picton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — McCormick House Luxury Accommodation 5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
McCormick House and your 'Kiwi' hosts Jeanne and Carl, offer luxury 5 star bed and breakfast accommodation in Picton. Set in a quiet, sunny location on half an acre of private established, native gardens, historic McCormick House is ideally located just 3 minutes drive from Picton Interisland ferry or train station. Choose from three individually designed rooms - each richly furnished with a sumptuous bed, luxurious 100% Egyptian cotton linens, each with its own stunning, designer en suite bathroom. Start your day at this luxury Picton bed and breakfast with a leisurely delicious gourmet breakfast. In the evening, join your hosts for a pre-dinner glass of local world class Marlborough wine. Picton is an ideal base for walking the stunning Queen Charlotte Track or visiting famous Marlborough wineries. Eco friendly McCormick House is also only minutes walk from Picton town centre, cafes, restaurants and galleries. Water activities of the picturesque Queen Charlotte Sound include boat cruises, kayaking, sailing, fishing, eco tours and dolphin watching. Carl and Jeanne enjoy meeting guests from different cultures and both look forward to welcoming you to their Picton bed and breakfast. ... more   less 
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