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“Blissful Sanctuary”

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Bronte Country Estate
Ranked #2 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Mapua
Certificate of Excellence
Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand
2 reviews
“Blissful Sanctuary”
Reviewed June 10, 2012

In May I treated myself to three days in the Hopkirk Suite at Bronte Country Estate which I believe has been recently refurbished. Just meters away from the waters edge in luxurious surrounds my private retreat was food for my soul which I really needed after losing my Mum recently. The ever changing light on the water and surrounding landscape was both calming and mesmerizing, and just wonderful to be able to enjoy it all from the comfort of my own bed....best sleeps ever! Autumn is my favorite time of the year and to see the surrounding gardens and trees in the evening light was spectacular, I can only imagine how beautiful it would be in the splendor of spring ( will be bringing family back here to treat them and myself to exactly that ). Estate Manager Daniel made my stay with his friendly yet first class service and great ideas for exploring further on my next trip. Became addicted to the nightly delivery of homemade chocolates...simply divine! I highly recommend this fabulous piece of paradise for anyone who needs some serenity.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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DanielFraser, Manager at Bronte Country Estate, responded to this review, July 25, 2012
A wonderful review thank you. May is a great time of year to visit, really pleased you enjoyed yourself. Many thanks, Daniel
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Reviewed June 9, 2012

We stayed for several nights in December at the Bronte Country Estate on the Abel-Tasman coast, and were very pleased with our choice. This is obviously a high quality and rigorously-maintained establishment. We had two cottages side by side, one for ourselves and one for our children, ages 8 and 11. The cottages are scrupulously clean, comfortable, and in very good condition, decorated traditionally. Someone clearly takes loving pride in the gardens as well, as these are immaculate. BCE is blessed too with a good position, with very agreeable water views. Our cottage came with a nice selection of food and drink from the area, which was a lovely and welcome touch. Breakfast is served at the main building, on a sort of verandah, and it is a very pleasant spot, the food is all homemade and excellent. You can also select DVDs from the collection at the main resicence, and our children enjoyed these. The only odd note came when we went to a local restaurant for dinner one evening, the reservation made by our hosts and on their recommendation. On arrival we were greeted by the hostess or owner in a tart manner, saying she was expecting us to be late, because we'd been so late arriving at the Bronte two nights before. The remark seemed out of place, made us feel rather unwelcome, and gave the impression that our hosts had complained about us. It was rather too bad because n every other way, our experience was quite positive and pleasant. Nevermind, I still recommend the Bronte for visitors to this lovely area.

Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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DanielFraser, Manager at Bronte Country Estate, responded to this review, July 25, 2012
It was really nice meeting you and your family in December, really pleased you all enjoyed Bronte and the surrounding area. The Shoreline suites are ideal rooms for families and couples travelling together. I am sorry to hear about the bad attitude you received from one of the local restaurant. We book the local restaurants a lot during the summer months on behalf of our guests and we have a very good working relationship with them. My top priority is that my guests get well looked after and receive the best service possible at these establishment, so it would never be in my interest to say such a comment. I expect the waitress was tied and didn't think about what she was saying at he time. Anyway, it was a pleasure to have your family stay and I hope you stay with us again. Many thanks, Daniel
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

We spent ten days in April in a paradise called Bronte Country Estate in Nelson, New Zealand.
From our villa there we watched the tide flow back and forth each day beneath a panorama of dark green forests, light green hills and purplish blue mountains.As if this was not enough our villa was luxurious and spacious with every comfort and need provided for and with first class services available at all times.
Bronte has three other endearing advantages: it is surrounded by a very peaceful rural world of orchards, vineyards and farms; it is within a few miles of some very good restaurants and for those who like a more active life there are opportunities close by on the beaches, on the water, on the golf courses and on the hiking and walking trails.
We live permanently now in Australia but have lived in Italy, Switzerland, England and we have travelled in many other countries . It is with these experiences in mind that we recommend Bronte as an eletist haven comparable with anything to be found anywhere in the world.
We rank it as being of international 5 Star quality.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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DanielFraser, Manager at Bronte Country Estate, responded to this review, July 25, 2012
Thank you very much for your wonderful review. It was really nice to have you both stay so long and enjoy the area again after been away for so long. Hope to see you both back again soon. Many thanks, Daniel
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 9, 2012

We held a small wedding ( 19 people) at the Bronte Country Estate in March 2012. From start to finish Daniel (the manager) was helpful, friendly and supportive. The Bronte is in a beautiful peaceful location with sea and coastal views and comfortable accomadation. Our wedding plans were well executed including providing great catering ( delicious food by Kristin Harrison) , a lovley maraque for dinner and a well managed event from start to finish. It was a special day and we are grateful to Daniel and his team for helping us create such a wonderful day. I would highly recommend this as an intimate wedding venue or for any special occasion.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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DanielFraser, Manager at Bronte Country Estate, responded to this review, March 23, 2012
Thank you Gareth and Miriam for your review. It was a very successful evening and I'm please all our guests had a wonderful evening and enjoyed the lodge dinner our chef created for your special occasion. I hope to see you both again when come back to visit the area again. Many thanks Daniel
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Farnham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 29, 2012

The Bronte Estate provides superb accommodation, ideally situated almost in the sea, with truly epic breakfasts in wonderful surroundings. To lie in bed and gaze out at the sea lagoon was magical.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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DanielFraser, Manager at Bronte Country Estate, responded to this review, March 6, 2012
Thank you very much for your review. We often get comments about our wonderful location to all the attractions in the Nelson area and how close our accommodation is to the foreshore of the beautiful Waimea Estuary. We hope to see you back at Bronte one day soon. Daniel
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

My son and I stayed at Bronte Country Estate for two nights in January as part of a 15-day trip through the South Island. We were blown away by the spectacular setting, elegant and comfortable accomodations, and phenomenal service. Our suite felt very private and featured its own deck with beautiful views of the estuary, birdlife and mountains beyond. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast each morning on the deck of the main house, as well as swims in the pool each evening before going out to dinner. The location is ideal for anyone who plans to visit Abel Tasman Park (about a half-hour away).

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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DanielFraser, Manager at Bronte Country Estate, responded to this review, February 26, 2012
Thanks Kathy for your lovely review. I'm really pleased you and Alex made the most of our wonderful facilities here at Bronte. I hope Alex is doing well in Perth (I'm sure he is). Hope to see you again. Many thanks, Daniel
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Reno, Nevada
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Reviewed February 14, 2012

Arrived at Bronte to be greeted by Margaret Fraser who showed us to our suite overlooking a beautiful estuary. Wonderful accomodations, very clean, updated, and super comfortable. Daily breakfasts were amazing and included all homemade items right from Bronte. Estate was beautifully groomed with such a peaceful setting upon orchards, gardens, and very nice pool. Daniel, the Estate Manager, was very helpful and accomodating with the area touring suggestions that were so much fun ! Would stay again anytime !

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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DanielFraser, Manager at Bronte Country Estate, responded to this review, February 26, 2012
Thank you so much Mo and Andy for review. It's was really nice meeting you and the rest of your family over Christmas. I hope you all have another family reunion here some day soon. Best of luck for the coming year. Kind regards, Daniel
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Property: Bronte Country Estate
Address: Bronte Road East | off Coastal Highway 60, Mapua 7173, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Mapua
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Mapua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Bronte Country Estate 5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bronte Country Estate is exclusive luxury accommodation in a tranquil natural setting. Nestled on the edge of the Waimea Estuary on Nelson’s historic Bronte Peninsula, Bronte is surrounded by its extensive mature gardens, family-run vineyard and apple orchards.As Nelson's premier 5-star waterfront property, Bronte Country Estate is New Zealand owned and operated, with five purpose-built suites and villas set apart from the homestead. Dressing rooms, spa baths and kitchenettes provide the ultimate in luxury and comfort.Guests can enjoy the meandering gardens and parkland, heated swimming pool, tennis court, petanque, mountain bikes, and canoes and the seasonal beauty of the Estate’s 65 acre coastal orchard. ... more   less 
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