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“Laid back charm” 4 of 5 stars
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Peel Forest Homestays
33 Rangitata Gorge Rd | Peel Forest RD22, Geraldine 7992, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #5 of 9 Geraldine B&B and Inns
Singapore, Singapore
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6 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Laid back charm”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013 via mobile

We, a family of four, stayed there for a night we could have easily stayed a couple more. The owner a absolutely charming and very polite and restrained in a very charming way.
We ate there, bought the organic produce from the farm, and cooked it in the main kitchen. We stayed in the main house upstairs Ina fabulously comfortable double bed woken up by the birds and a cow mowing in the back. Pure bliss for the city dwellers we are. Highly recommend it.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

We stayed in the bunkhouse with our family. You are basically in the middle of the farm, and hear roosters, wake up and find horses being saddled to round up cattle, and ducks wandering around - certainly a very authentic farmstay!

My wife and daughter went on a horse ride with one of the hosts' family members (which was free!) they had a great time.

You are only a few minutes walk down the road to a forest walks, and handy for everything local. Close to Geraldine for day trips.

The toilets and shower are separate from the bunkhouse, only a few meters away.

I appreciated the well built home made wooden fixtures and carpentry throughout - rustic yet tidy and functional, fits perfectly with the native bush.

We enjoyed our time away from technology, but still in comfort.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Anchorage, Alaska, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

This was my home away from home growing up.Want a REAL Peel Forest experience,stay with my friends Steve and Jenny and you will get the best experience ever.Thanks for all the memories.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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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Greymouth, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2011

It was a lovely nice welcome in the dark night.
Steve and Jenny are friendly and likeable and we really enjoyed our just 2 nights stay there.

The warm bath in the nature is a good way to watch the stars in the night.
The dorm was clean and tidy and the rocking sheep is an eyecatcher for every age.

Around the Homestay you can find beautiful bird wildlife and some walking tracks to see e.g. waterfalls and big trees.

It´s just 25 km to the next city - Geraldine - with helpful staff at the isite and connection to food shopping and internet in the library.

Thank you for the time there Jenny and Steve

Claudia and Fabian

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2011

We stayed at this place as it was close to our next destination, which is Rangitata rafting. It was an amazing stay!

Our room, with a double bed, was obviously thoughtfully decorated. A heater kept it warm throughout the night. The toilet was not in the room, but it was just about 1 metre away.
There was a fireplace in the lounge, for any guests to read a book and sip tea.

Breakfast was wonderful, made with eggs picked fresh from the farm, and home-made bread. We even got to accompany Gary and his children to feed the chickens and pick eggs.

**Gary and Christine were wonderful hosts while Jenny and Steve were away.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Additional Information about Peel Forest Homestays

Address: 33 Rangitata Gorge Rd | Peel Forest RD22, Geraldine 7992, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Geraldine
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Geraldine
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The heartbeat of our homestay comes from our Christian world-view which aims to give guests a friendly, warm welcome in our beautiful environment. This is your chance to unwind and recharge. We can be a convenient stop-over between the Mackenzie country and Christchurch, or simply a quiet weekend away from the bustle of city life. Peel Forest Homestay provides accommodation in our large, child friendly farmhouse, and is a tranquil place surrounded in forest and full of warmth. We are situated very close to the native forest with its rich bird life, and there is easy access to many of the Peel Forest park walks from our house. We have recently been developing a native wetland in one of our paddocks, and are busy planting it in native trees and flaxes. Through our farm, we aim to be self-sufficient, and have a large vegetable garden and fruit and nut trees, as well as a few cows, sheep, horses, chooks and ducks. Most of the food we eat is produced by us in the garden and on the farm. ... more   less 
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