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“Wonderful relaxing getaway”
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Tirimoana House
Ranked #4 of 5 Anakiwa B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
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“Wonderful relaxing getaway”
Reviewed May 12, 2010

Michelle was fantastic, great food, great rooms, very hospitable and organised a wine trail with the bubbly grape which was a highlight of our trip.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Watertown, Massachusetts
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Reviewed May 11, 2010

Located at the foot of Queen Charlotte Sound, Tirimoana House sits on a rise with simply beautiful views down the sound. Those views are constantly shifting with the interplay of sun, clouds, wind and occasional rain. The house and the rooms are very comfortable, decorated in an eclectic style with lots of paintings by our hosts, John and Michelle, who are talented artists in addition to being lovely and accommodating people. Breakfasts on the front deck watching the sun rise over the sound offer a welcome variety beyond the standard cereal, toast and eggs, that includes french toast with real maple syrup and eggs Benedict. They also offer guests who don't want to travel to Havelock or Picton (12 and 15 miles respectively) the opportunity to join them for wonderful dinners that include a nice selection of wines and entertaining conversation.

The location of Tirimoana House is ideal for those wanting to hike on the Queen Charlotte Track or explore the Marlborough Sound area by foot, boat (and they have sea kayaks available for guests), or car.

We can't imagine that we could have stayed anywhere in the area where we would have had a more enjoyable time.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Madison, WI
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Reviewed March 26, 2010

My wife and I spent two nighs at the Tirimoana House, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The B & B is located up a quiet road of the Queen Charlotte Drive. We stayed in the Sunrise Room which had beautiful views of the sound and great private deck to sit out on. The place itself is very eclectic, with great little knick knacks around the house. John and Michelle, our wonderful hosts, are both amateur painters. You can see paintings from all of the places they have visited. Breakfast is served outside on a beautiful deck with views of the sound. Michelle is an amazing chef and breakfast was great. My wife and I also had Christmas Eve dinner with John and Michelle. It was one of the big highlights of our trip to New Zealand. Christmas morning brought carols playing, John and Michelle (and even Sugar the dog) dressed in holiday fare. We were even treated to a Christmas present at the breakfast table. John and Michelle made us feel so welcome in their home and I would recommend the Tirimoana House to anyone wanting a great B & B experience.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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tirihouse, Owner at Tirimoana House, responded to this review, December 5, 2010
Thanks for the kind words and for taking the time.
Getting busier here now.
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas
Best Wishes John and Michelle
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 28, 2010

We went by default. After having researched accommodation in NZ in great detail (my husband being allergic to cats and dogs) I canot understand how I missed the fact that Tirmoana House had a Scottie dog!
We arrived to his bark and I thought "oh dear"!
Shug, the dog, was hardly ever in the house, which has large airy open rooms, so the dog was no issue at all, and when we think of our 5 weeks in NZ we think of this place. The hosts John and Michelle Hotham are everythng and more that hosts should be. Capable and unflappable Michelle is complemented by her larger than life husband John who is "mine host" extraordinaire.
We stayed for three nights, and because of the distance from eating places we twice ate "en famille" with other guests around a huge table on the terrace....beautifully decorated, fresh flowers etc. Food was plentiful and good. BYO or buy wine. Breakfasts were again plentiful with choices and great coffee, served with the wit and banter of John
The location is unbelievable, at the edge of a sound. Our "French chic" bedroom had a small balcony, and the grounds have a small swimming pool and garden.
John hoists flags according to the nationality of who is staying. He took us up the sound in his motor boat to enable us to walk part of the Queen Charlotte Track back .
John and Michelle are artists and their home,crammed with antiques, is adorned with wonderful and amusing works of art.
There is computer link available, there is everything available to make a stay here one to remember, a huge warm house party atmosphere. Go there! I am so glad that I overlooked Shugs presence when booking!!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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sydney
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10 reviews
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Reviewed January 29, 2010

Michelle and John were perfect hosts . Our rooms were just lovely and the view fabulous. John took us in his boat to Mistletoe Bay so we could do part of the Queen Charlotte Walk and that night we had the most beautiful meal. Breakfast was delicious and John's coffees were great. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these 2 fantastic hosts . This was certainly one of the highlights of our trip and we hope to get back there again!!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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York
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Reviewed January 27, 2010

We stayed 2 nights and had our evening meal there twice whic all the guests recommended. Everything was glorious.

  • Stayed December 2009
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tirihouse, Owner at Tirimoana House, responded to this review, December 5, 2010
Many Thanks for leaving the review
Hope you have a great Christmas
Michelle and John
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London
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Reviewed November 18, 2009

We stayed at Tirimoana for one night and we had a lovely visit.
The best thing about the location of the BB is the incredible view (see the photo below) each bedroom has just the same view.
The house is full of wonderful things that John and Michelle have collected on their world trips so its very cosy and intersting.
Michelle cooks for you and the breakfast is amazing as well as the dinner and its lovely to sit with them and exchange stories.
The bedrooms are very clean and full of lovely things.
Overall our stay was lovely and we would thoroughly reccomend it to any one.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Tirimoana House
Address: 257 Anakiwa Road | Marlborough Sounds, Anakiwa 7281, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Anakiwa
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Anakiwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Tirimoana House 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Embracing stunning sea views of the Marlborough Sounds, Tirimoana House is located 30 minutes drive from Picton, 25 minutes drive from Havelock, 55 minutes drive from the Marlborough Sounds Airport at Blenheim and 90 minutes drive from Nelson. Tirimoana House offers five elegantly furnished Rooms, all with en-suites. Each room has access to a balcony from which the Ocean and Mountain views over the Marlborough Sounds are spectacular. There is an open Guest Lounge available which is air conditioned in Summer and heated by an "open fire" in Winter. Gourmet Evening meals creatively prepared and presented by your Host Michelle are available 7 Nights and served either in the outdoor Courtyard or the Dining Room. Evening meals are at an extra cost and include complimentary canapes and one free glass of wine per Dinner Guest. Outdoors our facilities include a Swimming Pool and Spa Tub. Within a short walking distance or 5 minutes by car is the commencement of the Queen Charlotte Track. Also close by are Kayak's for hire, Boat cruises and those famous wineries. ... more   less 
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