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“A cozy getaway in the mountains”
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Australia
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“A cozy getaway in the mountains”
Reviewed May 1, 2010

We stayed at Spray Point Station in summer and fell in love with place. Cobb Cottage, the main accommodation close to the station has an authentic historical charm but doesn’t lack in modern comfort. We spent our days exploring the mountains and the hidden southern beech forests in the valleys – wilderness all to ourselves. Our lovely hosts, Jen and Roland, were very obliging and saved us some walking by driving us up the mountain (they have a marked 3-day walk through the mountains for the energetic hikers but we preferred picnic style trips). We also went horse riding, mountain biking, picked wild strawberries (delicious!), and swam in the river by the cottage. However, without the electronic distractions of modern life, we had plenty of time to relax and soak up the serenity of the mountains. Perfect for this were the outdoor hot baths, perched on a cliff above the river – very romantic. The outdoor shower (hot water) is also above the river, great for warming up after an invigorating swim in the river. We are planning our return trip soon and are looking forward to staying at their other accommodation (the cabin), and seeing the next stage of their wilderness walk through the mountains.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 29, 2010

Not only are the accommodations spectacular (those outdoor tubs are incredible) and first rate (from the great bedding to the homemade breakfast basket), but the owners are amazing people who are ardent, practical and sincere conservationists. They are also great company, kind, bright and generous. Many times, you explore a website and imagine what it is like. When you arrive, sometimes you are disappointed by the actual property or find the service underwhelming. In this case, the experience was much better than we could have imagined, from the glowing rooms of the Cobb Cottage to the warmth of the owners who made us feel more like family than paying customers. The price was more than fair as well. Renovating this cottage was a labor of love and only recently have they started having guests. Once it is found out, bookings will be hard to get. The furnishings are incredible and sourced from the family's deep New Zealand roots. They look like a "best of" a designer's showcase house, but each item has a story ("ah, that was my grandmother's sink..."). And there was still plenty of room for all our luggage (family of 5). The cottage is extremely private, but close enough to the owner's home that I felt comfortable letting our kids run off to find their kids (in one case, our 10 year old returned on one of their horses--a small, old one, so she didn't even need a saddle--so cute!). This would be a great romantic getaway as well with those outdoor tubs and the outdoor shower. In addition to the many sub-businesses that owning a farm entails, Roland and Jenny recently started selling merino sleeping bag liners. They feel like the highest quality Icebreaker range. I bought one, but wish I had bought more. We were so impressed with the quality and authenticity of the owners and the way they care for their spectacular 5,000 acre property. When we return to New Zealand, we will return to Cobb Cottage at Spray Point.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Off The Mapp
Address: 4540 Waihopai Valley Road | Waihopai Valley, Blenheim 7276, New Zealand (Formerly Spray Point Station)
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Blenheim
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Blenheim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Off The Mapp 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover a hidden conservation wilderness, a high country playground, an historic station, an exceptional retreat. Host Jenny Mapp invites you to step 'Off the Mapp' and follow in the footsteps of the old musterers from a bygone era on the banks of the River Spray in the Waihopai Valley in Marlborough, New Zealand. Enjoy the historic high country merino station, stay in our lovingly restored Cob Quarters, full of mementos from the past, explore the station from our Kiwi bush retreat, Boundary Creek or relax in the comfort of The Cottage. Hike on the tracks, swim in the crystal clear Spray and Waihopai rivers, explore our conservation wilderness, help with our predator control programme, go bird watching, hunting or fishing... you'll discover peace, privacy, adventure and rugged natural beauty all year round. ... more   less 
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