Don and Roz are incredibly talented and high energy hosts! From learning about NZ, farming, wine, gardening to terrific accommodations, I highly recommend The Grange. Would be great for families--there is a great suite (one bathroom) with a loft, in addition to other accommodations. Kids would love the farm animals. Delicious breakfasts. Also, see Winemakers Tour by Don.
Our hosts Ros and Don were wonderfully warm and welcoming.The Grange offers a tranquil and relaxed environment, allowing us to leave recharged and refreshed.We chose to stay in the Lodge, giving us magnificent views and self catering options. We enjoyed great sleep and appreciated the homely touches of fresh flowers, baking and produce. Our original 2 night stay was extended to 4 nights because we were having such an enjoyable time.
The Grange is the best B&B I've stayed at in NZ, and probably worldwide hands-down. My wife and I have done quite a bit of travelling between us and we both agreed that this place is just top notch - lovely hosts (Don and Ros) with a lovely view, a perfect getaway from the busy city life. Don is also a winemaker by trade and runs a fantastic winemaker tour, if you want a fun and informative wine tour around the Bay, make sure you hit him up about it!
The well equipped and very comfortable lodge with stunning views of Hawkes Bay and surrounding area from the expansive deck convinced us that we had chosen the right place to stay. Visiting Napier during the Art Deco festival, less than 15 minutes away, it was truly a joy to experience the styles and transportation from the 30's. We enjoyed many beach walks, trekking on well maintained country trails through natural forests to amazing waterfalls, great wineries and excellent and challenging golfing venues.
The people of New Zealand are tremendously friendly and helpful, but none more so than our gracious hosts, Don and Roslyn Bird. The quiet country solitude was complimented with a host of sheep, goats, pigs and chickens and of course the family cat and dog. Don and Roslyn are very proud of their farm stay and were happy to share their knowledge of life in and around the area.
Thank you Don and Roslyn for making our stay so enjoyable.
Gerry C. from Canada