This is one of our favourite places to take visitors to Hawkes Bay. The gallery is full of unique items many from Africa, jewellery, cards, candles, furniture, cushions, rugs, pottery and changing artworks. The garden outside is lovely with many sculptures for purchase in the grounds and outdoor seating for the cafe.
The cafe is in a airconditioned room with big windows overlooking the garden and offers a simple menu with tea, plunger coffee or local gingerbeer. Sweet or savoury scones are offered, lemon tart , chocolate brownie and 3 types of toasted sandwiches. The presentation is beautiful and always with a little posy of flowers.
The staff are friendly and efficient.
In the grounds which offer ample parking is the sweet shop which offers the famous Hawkes Bay Rush Munro icecream and you can select sweets from a myriad of jars of oldfashioned lollies. Children and indulgent grandparents will love it !
Outside as you approach the gallery is a wooden branch with beautiful handcrafted native birds waiting for homes. Definitely on my wish list. I have however been given for a significant birthday a beautiful lamp with peahen feathers that I treasure.
We also love the resident dog often sprawling at the front door. A wonderful place to visit with guests or for a quiet sojourn in a very peaceful setting.