Our party of 5 arrived after 4 days walking the QCT. I phoned Michelle and she would have happily picked us up from the wharf but we decided to walk.
Michelle came out to greet us and we were offerred refreshing cool drinks / tea with beautiful homemade cakes.
We were given a tour of the house which a beautifuly eclectic , Michelle & John's paintings are everywhere and there are some very interesing antiques from their travels.
Every room has views of The Sounds and every room has an en-suite though some are squeezed into the room. The rooms were light and airy, well appointed and every small detail had been throught of , including binoculars to view The Sounds!
Access to the internet at no charge was great too
Dinner was an excellent Chicken Tagine. Our party the other 2 guests ate on the terrace. John hosted the table and ate with us while Michelle worked wonders in the kitchen.
The dinner was rounded off with espresso coffee from a cafe sized machine - perfect!
After we'd finished the meal, John came to us to ensure that there was nothing else we needed.
We had booked a 7.30am water taxi back to Picton but Michelle was up early to provide us with a hearty cooked breakfast then took our luggage down to the wharf.
John and Michelle saw us off from the wharf - like old friends.
This was our best accommodation / dinner experience of the QCT.
Michelle and John could not have been more attentive.
Our only issue was vicious sandflies (which are verywhere on the QCT) - so keep the insect repellant at hand.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Tirimoana House Hotel Picton