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“Warm welcome and spectacular location” 5 of 5 stars
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Holly Homestead B&B
4.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   2900 Franz Josef Highway, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #1 of 7 Franz Josef B&B and Inns
Oxfordshire, UK
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Warm welcome and spectacular location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

We stayed for 4 nights at Holly Homestead and were treated so warmly and kindly by the hosts Bernie & Gerard we felt that we were best friends by the time we left. Nothing was too much trouble. The rooms were excellent clean and welcoming with fresh fruit and other amenities provided. This was like a 5 star hotel with personal service. On arrival we were cheerily greeted by Bernie and given lots of ideas and information on the area with activities to suit our length of stay and the weather. On our last day we went on a wonderful walk which Bernie told us about and we have been left with wonderful memories of our stay in Franz Josef. I accidentally left a small jacket behind which was kindly posted back to the UK for me as well. What more could you ask for.

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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Newcastle, Australia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

We arrived mid afternoon and Bernie was there on the spot to offer us a warm welcome. Bernie insisted in carrying up one of our bags as well. The help Bernie offered in explaining the location where we were staying was informative and helpful. We stayed in the Superior Room 2. The room was outstanding in every aspect and exceeded all of our expectations. It was spacious, comfortable with all the mod cons and just as importantly it was quiet as well! Our breakfast which was prepared by both Gerard and Bernie was delicious. We truly felt at home in this fine establishment.

  • Stayed December 2012, 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
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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80 reviews 80 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Personally welcomed by hostess. Afternoon snacks and wine, tips on sightseeing - sunset at Tasman sea, small park to look for Glow Worms.
Given choice of rooms at same price, excellent breakfast. Only place in New Zealand where we had internet access - tablet provided. Hostess turned out lights for star viewing when we returned after dark. She gave us a map and suggestions for route next day to train at Greymouth. The couple who own and live here have lovingly restored this home and go out of their way to make visitors feel welcome. Cost a little more than nearby hotels - but worth it.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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Wesseling, Germany
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Very nice host - delicious breakfast. Perfectly located to explore the surrounding.
Very cosy room - we had the big room on the first floor. Made on old style but with new
technic.
We had a very warm welcome and a host who help us to made our stay perfect.

Room Tip: It was on the first floor on left site (to the street) - but as their is not too many traffic this r...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Thank you again to the nice couple who runs this establishment. Our hostess went out of her way to help us make plans with local tours, restaurants and even hotel suggestions for the next town over.

The B&B is a nice location. The rooms were recently renovated and very nice for a BB.

Recommend.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Dallas, Texas, United States
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6 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Thank you Holly Homestead for yet another amazing B&B experience! My mom and I were on holiday celebrating my birthday and enjoying numerous areas of New Zealand. Franz Josef and Holly Homestead did not disappoint! From the moment we arrived Bernie was so helpful in getting my long awaited heli-hike planned for the next day. We weren't sure if the message was received at Franz Josef Glacier Guiding operation that I needed a pick up in the morning but Bernie took care of that and made contact with them. It was so nice not to have to worry and wonder! And when the they accidently went to pick me up at the wrong place, Bernie without hesitation drove me to where I needed to be. That is the kind of care and hospitality that makes a B&B stand out. Most appreciated!

Not only did Bernie offer numerous options and suggestions, she provided terrific recommendations on where to eat. Great meals at both Alice May Restaurant and the Landing! Speaking of food...breakfasts were terrific! Gerard was in charge of those and did a fabulous job. Loved Holly Homestead and highly recommend it!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Holly Homestead is run extremely well and features a fantastic breakfast. The house was immaculate and had an extremely warm feel to it...The hosts were attentive and helpful, and very knowledgable about the area and where to go/what to do. We would definitely stay at HH again the next time we pass through Franz Josef. -- Jim and Yumi

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Address: 2900 Franz Josef Highway, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Holly Homestead B&B 4.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boutique B&B : This colonial homestead whispers history. Originally constructed from beautiful native timber in 1926, now tenderly refurbished staying true to the Arts & Crafts style of architecture. Start your day early with a panoramic view of the Franz Josef neve from the breakfast table. Go exploring at your own pace and come home to a glacial sunset, a glass of port in the guest lounge and a welcoming bed. Children 12+ welcome. ... more   less 
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