Glen and Kim have a truly wonderful home with panoramic views across the Gisborne vista. We fell in love with Ridge House as soon as we saw it and knew it would be the perfect setting for our wedding ceremony and reception. We live in Auckland, so did most of our planning from a distance over the phone and via email with all the local suppliers in Gisborne. Communication with Kim was easy, prompt and professional and we would highly recommend Ridge House for couples looking for an intimate wedding venue. We chose to stay 2 nights leading into the wedding day and on our wedding night. We stayed in the King Room and it was wonderful! On arrival we had champagne and fresh fruit waiting in our room, the Antipodes water turn down service each night was indulgent, the bathroom is immaculate and if you like a soak in the tub then you won't be disappointed by the complimentary bath salts and generous tub. Waking up each day to expansive sea views and blue skies, from the comfort of the King Bed, was bliss. Breakfast is better than the cafe's we frequent in Auckland. We dream about Glen's french toast - a lot - and can't wait to return! Now back to the wedding - if you like to have your hand on every aspect of the wedding then this is the place for you. We had a rustic themed wedding for 40 guests and Martins Party Hire supplied the marquee, tables, glassware etc. Our family did the set up and Glen was awesome and made our set up and pull down crew coffees - I don't drink coffee but the feedback from the crew was five star! Our caterers were Smoke House Cuisine and they made us an amazing southern style menu and used the Ridge House chef's kitchen to prepare the food. Our photos are by Sarah Joy Photography and they were taken all around Ridge House - there's no shortage of back drops for your photos. It was neat that we didn't have to leave our guests for too long and we were back to the party in no time. Our guests were well looked after and there was plenty of space for everyone to enjoy the reception with access to the main living areas and outdoor living spaces by the pool and ocean vista. The ladies also had a separate powder room/toilet set up by the hosts which was awesome. All our guests had the time of their lives and we brought in a dance floor and DJ to dance the night away. The following day we had our family do a clean sweep of the venue and jetted off on our honeymoon to Fiji. We didn't want to leave and we will always cherish Glen and Kim's hospitality during our special day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ridge House offers luxury hosted accommodation, a private retreat where guests can Escape the world, enjoy the tranquility, Relax by the pool, soak in the spa, wander the grounds, enjoy the large collection of contemporary New Zealand art, explore the region, or just take time out. Set on 2.4 hectares, Ridge House has stunning 360 degree views, from rolling hills to expansive ocean views; has its own olive grove; ; Minutes to beautiful Wainui Beach and Gisborne City. ... more less