My wife and I stayed at Pencarrow for one evening after we arrived in Queenstown for our tour of the South Island in early March, 2010. We had previously spent several days on the North Island. After a wild flight into the Queenstown airport (great views of the mountains ABOVE our landing plane), we were unexpectedly met at the airport by Kari, one of the owners of Pencarrow. This was a welcome surprise as she helped us get our luggage. More importantly, we followed her in our rental car to Pencarrow. The inn is a short distance from the airport and near Queenstown but the gravel driveway is very hard to see from the main road. I would have missed it without her help. The steep driveway took us to a beautiful house with amazing views of the lake way above the main road. There is a nice patio behind the home and pretty gardens. My wife and I were given wine and chocolate in our room upstairs upon arrival and a little welcoming gift. In our beautifully appointed room, there was a nice sitting area overlooking the lake. The bed was exceedingly comfortable. Our room was clean, very quiet, and decorated with nice fresh flowers. We could have just relaxed in our room the entire time but there were things to see and places to explore. Bill and Kari were very helpful in suggesting activities around Queenstown. We had a rental car and Queenstown was only a couple of minutes away. The breakfast at Pencarrow was delightful. I can eat a lot of food and after this breakfast, I was too stuffed to eat lunch. Bill and Kari’s hospitality was much better than the already high level in New Zealand. They are warm and welcoming. My wife and I had a wonderful time relaxing at Pencarrow. There were nice sitting areas and a deck overlooking the lake. My one complaint is that we only had one night. If we had to redo the trip, I would have stayed two or three nights.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pencarrow is an all-suite country estate 2 miles from Queenstown offering 4 acres of elegance with stunning views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables. Suites have sitting room, free WiFi (iPads in every suite), writing desk, magazines/books, mini bar, tea/coffee facilities, homemade sweets, fresh flowers, Flat Screens and Sky (cable) television, iPod docking stations, direct-dial phones, iron/ironing board. En-suites equipped with oversized jet spa bath, separate shower, double vanity, heated towel rail, under-tile heating, hair dryer, bathrobes, slippers, guest amenity basket. Outdoors many sitting decks/patios, fireplace, spa pool, waterfall, tree, plant, and flower species. Indoors plenty of space and privacy. Guest lounge/bar with fireplace, concierge/library room, snooker/games room, incredible views. Breakfast is a 4 course full on affair each morning at your personally requested time. Welcome gift, afternoon “sweet in the suite”, drinks/mini bar, and all taxes included! ... more less
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