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“A special place” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Vines
Certificate of Excellence
Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
“A special place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2014

We come up to the Hawkes Bay every year for our family holiday and this year we stayed in the self-contained cottage at The Vines. We were so impressed - lovely, spacious, homely and comfortable accommodation. Lovely gardens, surroundings extremely relaxing and quiet and awesome swimming pool which got a lot of use. Mary is an incredible host very friendly and made us feel right at home. We had such a fabulous time we have booked to stay again next year. Thoroughly recommend. Thanks Mary and Hamish. Colin, Lisa, Isabella and Amelia

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Thank PoppyMilly
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TheVines, Owner at The Vines, responded to this review, February 9, 2014
Thank you for staying with us and so pleased you have booked for next see you in 2015
Say hi to your lovely wife and well behaved children.
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Hastings, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2014

A big big thank you to Hamish and Mary.
How many of us would say home is paradise? This place is just a perfect example. I stayed here for 2 weeks and make me want to go back every chance I get. Location is excellent surrounded by wine yards overlooking the hills, so peaceful that you can hear yourself breathe.
Food and presentation is outstanding you will leave the place fully satisfied. Rooms are exceptionally clean and tidy. Service is great. Will recommend this place to anyone. I loved it and will surely go back. Mervyn

  • Stayed January 2014
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Thank Merv82
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TheVines, Owner at The Vines, responded to this review, February 9, 2014
was great meeting you and yes we did get to know you and pleased you have got yourself a flat
as you Had just travelled from India you are welcome any time see you soon.
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2014

A big thank you to Mary and Hamish. This place is perfect for an escape from the busy life of city living.

Marys cooking is first class. We were treated like kings during our stay. The setting is beautiful and the hawkes bay weather really turned it on for us.

Thanks again Mary and Hamish.

  • Stayed January 2014
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Thank barnz141
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TheVines, Owner at The Vines, responded to this review, February 9, 2014
Was really great meeting all pleased to see the kids using the swimming pool even if you had to make them come out to get sun block on when in Hawkes Bay visit again
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Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

A big thank you Mary and Hamish

We thoroughly enjoyed our relaxing few days stay in the Vines cottage - lovely and spacious and the cottage was very well equipped with all we needed for our stay. Many thanks also to you both for your wonderful, genuine and friendly hospitality. The muffins were delicious thank you Mary and enjoyed by us all. Evening swim in your pool very refreshing after a very hot day. We are very much looking forward to staying at Vines again - hopefully in the near future. Linda, Jeff and family

Room Tip: Lovely comfortable beds and so peaceful and quiet.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Linda P
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TheVines, Owner at The Vines, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Thank you Lynda for staying at the vines was a pleasure thank you for telling me about a couple
of things that was great have taken it aboard look forward to seeing you all again
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

Wellington's weather was not delivering summer so a last minute getaway to 'The Vines' was just perfect. The location, setting, cottage, pool, places to explore - fabulous. Our two children had many adventures on the safe property. We spent fun family hours by the beautiful pool, peaceful evenings under the Hawkes Bay sun. Mary and Hamish are wonderful hosts. They could not have been more helpful or friendly, happy to chat yet also were conscience of us having special family time together. We will return. In the words of our five year old, "mum, this is paradise". Say no more.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Sheryn A
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TheVines, Owner at The Vines, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Where do I start with such wonderful people and delightful children great little swimmers and divers you both are great parents keep up the good work look forward to seeing you all again.
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013

To Mary and Hamish and your dogs and the rogue rabbits, we had such a fabulous holiday staying at your cottage in the vines. Would recommend your place to anyone who wants a relaxing hideaway in the middle of the vineyards. Superb hosts, and a beautiful home. Thanks

  • Stayed December 2013
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Thank alleybnz
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TheVines, Owner at The Vines, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
Pleased you loved the muffins still great weather here very hot swimming pool getting a lot of use temp 29 even I am going for swim Tennis court netting up for your foursome play so you can bat wine and play soon remember there is a lot to do and we are very close to everything.
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Levin, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2013

Dear Mary and Hamish,
We thank you so much for your effords to make our stay so comfortable for us .
The setting of the grounds and Interiors are immaculate kept in pristine order.
And Mary we think you are a definite Artist with food absolutely Supurb.
We can easely say that "The Vines" is the best Home stay in Hawkes Bay
Many Thanks Mary and Hamish McKay

Arie and Evelien

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Arie D
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TheVines, Owner at The Vines, responded to this review, December 6, 2013
It is with great pleasure to have met you both and welcome your stay here again have a great
Christmas and a happy new year and keep good health.
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Additional Information about The Vines

Property: The Vines
Address: 1999 Maraekakaho Road | RD1, 4120, New Zealand (Formerly Cottage in Vines)
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Hawke's Bay Region
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 77 B&Bs / Inns in Hawke's Bay Region
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Self Contained Cottage and Boutique Bed and Breakfast... Relax and enjoy the tranquil setting of our 30 acre vineyard in the Hawkes Bay. Tickle the taste buds and visit a large range of wineries. Treat yourself to a round of golf or shopping in Hawkes Bay. Relax around the swimming pool or tennis court and enjoy the outdoor living. Picnic hampers/catering available upon request. Breakfast is included as part of the tariff in "The B and B" rooms only. Short drive to Hastings, Havelock North and Napier. Some of the Hawkes Bays leading wineries and venues are nearby. Cycle to Abbey Cellars, Alpha Domus Winery, Te Awa vinyard, Trinity Hill and Sileni Estate. ... more   less 

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