We stayed the weekend the All Blacks played France at the end of June 2013. We stayed for two nights in the Asia-themed room. The bed was a knock out! After a two-week tour of the North Island we were a little tired after sleeping on so many beds that were more bouncy-castle than sleep-conducive. It was wonderfully firm and relaxing and we slept the sleep of the just. There was good storage and wardrobe space as well as a welcome bar-fridge and a TV. Because we are of the age where we need the bathroom during the night, we were a little concerned at not having an en-suite but this ended up not being a problem as the luxuriously appointed (separate) toilet and bathroom were just across the corridor - the bathroom was a temple of comfort with heated floor tiles, a large bath and double shower-heads and large fluffy towels kept inviting on a heated towel rail. The home stay is situated in a house designed by one of NZ's outstanding and iconic architects and around every corner are large windows maximising the astonishing views. The house has a little magic in its design which is intriguing yet peaceful. And the garden is a beautiful haven adorned by the hosts' wonderfully exotic birds - on a very small scale, the set-up has echoes of the palaces of indulgent Indian princes who make it their business to combine beauty and peace. While the physical aspects of the property are utterly delightful they pale in comparison to the outstanding attention to detail and guest comfort provided by the hosts. Andre and Jan are unstinting in their dedication to lavishing guests with generous, extensive and hearty breakfasts as well as thoughtful conversation and help. Very many home stays can be ruined by hosts who are a tad mean. Andre and Jan are the polar opposite. They are extremely generous and open-hearted - they are wonderful. They are, without doubt, the most kind-hearted and thoughtful hosts we have encountered and we are now wracking our brains for excuses to return. It was a truly wonderful experience and only a fool would disagree.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This unique 5-level house, designed by Roger Walker to achieve maximum views of the surrounding areas, was built in 1973. A spa-pool overlooking the garden is available - perfect for relaxation after a day’s activities. Enjoy a drink on the deck overlooking the port and the city of New Plymouth, or relax in the turret with a beautiful 360° view of the area. ... more less
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