I just returned from a month-long trip through NZ and AUS and of all the places we stayed, The Foxes remains among the most memorable. First, the drive up to the location from the Picton Ferry Terminal was stunning and was really our first introduction to the NZ countryside... figuring it couldn't be topped I was blown away as we rolled up the driveway to The Foxes. After we initially missed the driveway (don't let the sheep and private drive fool you!), Margaret guided us right to her door no problem.
The property is absolutely immaculate and Margaret puts every effort into making your stay memorable and super comfortable (without invading your privacy whatsoever). We arrived at our room to find Bic Runga (a NZ musical artist) playing pleasantly on the Bose stereo system and a cold bottle of wine and savory snacks on the private patio table outside our door. The room is cosy with a nice big bed. There's a little desk (perfect for writing home), a tv complete with a collection of notably local movie and tv selections on DVD, the afore-mentioned stereo also complete with a library of music CDs to pick from, a cosy chair and an absolutely stunning bath.
The view is spectacular, the sound of the birds outside is dream-like as you open the full wall of windows up to let the gardens become part of your room and the ocean beyond part of your view.
Margaret really made every ounce of our stay more than comfortable, helping to confirm our tour bookings, recommending restaurants and shopping, arranging a dietary-tailored breakfast that hit the spot,... I truly wish we had been there longer, but there was so much to see. She and Horton (who is absolutely adorable and the true mascot of The Foxes) made our visit extra special and so homey, how she keeps up those amazing gardens (don't forget to explore those while you're there) I'll never know! If I could have, I would have moved in permanently.
I absolutely cannot recommend this enough, if you visit the south island and miss out on the Foxes, you are missing out on a piece of pure utopia. :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relax, unwind and enjoy the inside and outside living and the panoramic views at this luxury rural retreat in Ruby Bay, Nelson region at the top of the South Island. A contemporary, architecturally designed house, light and spacious, appointed to the highest standard and natural hues reflecting a calming ambiance. The property offers two luxuriously appointed, spacious suites, each with their own entrance, private balcony and en-suite bathroom. There is also a private guest lounge which opens onto a wide balcony offering spectacular views over Tasman Bay and Nelson harbour. Outside enjoy a walk around the extensive,landscaped, two acre gardens and explore the rich diversity of the exotic and native trees, shrubs, flowers and cacti. Follow the garden path down to the three ponds linked by gently cascading waterfalls and surrounded by grassed areas where you can relax, have a picnic, read a book in the shade, enjoy a glass of New Zealand wine or doze off to the gentle sounds of water. Why not treat yourself to a massage by the pond, leaving you totally refreshed and restored? The Foxes Luxury Boutique B&B is also the ideal peaceful base from which to explore the many activities offered in the Nelson Abel Tasman region. ... more less