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Havenlee Homestay
Ranked #3 of 16 Westport B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 2, 2013

We spent the night here at Havenlee. Jan and Ian are so friendly and we spent a lovely time chatting in the evening. They told us some places of interest to visit and a good place to eat an evening meal. Its close to town so can leave the car and walk to the shops. Room very clean and cosy. Bed very comfortable. Door leading to private sitting area in the garden. Breakfast was great. Jans home made toasted muesli (very yummy) is a must as are her shortbread (melt in the mouth) and the cakes (so light) that she gave us for the road. I definitely recommend staying here. Thanks again to Ian and Jan for a great night at Havenlee Homestay

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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havenlee, Owner at Havenlee Homestay, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2013

Thank you for your wonderful review, for your appreciation of Havenlee and recommendation for future travelers. It was a pleasure to meet you both and to have you stay with us. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in NZ.

Best wishes Jan & Ian @ Havenlee Homestay in Westport NZ

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

We had the most wonderful stay with Jan and Ian. Their kindness, warmth, attention to detail and hospitality are remarkable as is their Havenlee Homestay. They advertise it as "Peace in Paradise" and this statement could not be closer to reality. We recommended this exceptional B+B to all our friends and relatives intending to visit New Zealand. Thank you again for a wonferful stay, Havenlee Homestay! Dimitris+Donal

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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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havenlee, Owner at Havenlee Homestay, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2013

We are very appreciative of the brilliant review you gave Havenlee Homestay. It was our pleasure to have you both stay with us and we're delighted that you enjoyed the Havenlee experience. Guests such as yourselves give so much back to us by enriching our hosting experience. Dimitris and Donal, our very best wishes to you both.

Jan & Ian @ Havenlee Homestay in Westport NZ

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Reviewed November 1, 2013

Spent a night with Jan and Ian at Havenlee Homestay. Very welcoming and facilities excellent with a hearty breakfast the following morning. Very friendly couple and spend a pleasant evening chatting with them. Bed comfortable. Jan was able to recommend a local restaurant for dinner which was great value

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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havenlee, Owner at Havenlee Homestay, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2013

Thanks for your review. Glad you enjoyed your overnight stay with us and hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in our beautiful country.

Best wishes
Jan & Ian @ Havenlee Homestay

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Reviewed October 23, 2013

The hosts Jan and Ian are perfect for a homestay (along with the resident cat, Bella). When travelling for work the fact you get a great night's sleep is so valuable - I did, and slept like a log in the comfortable bed. The house is heated so well, so even though it was cold and wet outside, the house was cosy and warm.
Jan, I would say, makes the best shortbread on the planet! Ian is such great company to have a yarn to. The breakfast was fantastic.
The fact they provide a shuttle to the airport another bonus.
I will stay here again - great price, great location (walking distance to local restaurants.) and just all those nice things to make it homely. I recommend it.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled on business
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havenlee, Owner at Havenlee Homestay, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2013

What a brilliant review Dave and so helpful for future guests, thanks so much. hope to see you again!
Best wishes
Jan & Ian
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

Jan and ians house is lovely. we enjoyed our time here but i didnt realise that you are literally staying in someones house!! The room was very clean and our bathroom was down the corridor. jan made an amazing breakfast and gave us muffins to take with us. they were both so lovely and hospitable but i dont think i would like to stay in someone elses home again without the privacy etc. it felt like we were invading someones privacy and felt like we were tip toeing around. not because thwy made us feel uncomfortable but because we didnt really enjoy the experiece of sleeping in someones home without locks and own bathroom etc.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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havenlee, Owner at Havenlee Homestay, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2013

Thank you for your very nice review in spite of the fact that you were not entirely comfortable with Bed & Breakfast/ Homestay accommodation during your brief stay with us.

Kind regards
Jan & Ian @ Havenlee Homestay

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Reviewed September 8, 2013

So happy we got to stay with Ian & Jan for a night on our honeymoon in NZ. They truly made us feel at home and gave us some amazing tips for the local area and our onward journey. The room we had was perfect with a lovely warm and soft bed, garden view and very clean and modern bathroom. We were welcomed to even join their rugby viewing and learn some more of the game. The breakfast was just perfect too. If there was more to do in the neighborhood we'd def would've stayed longer! Would absolutely recommend this place to anyone, even to "queen Juliana of the Netherlands". Tx again! ;)

Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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havenlee, Owner at Havenlee Homestay, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2013

Thanks so much for a fantastic review, we enjoyed your company and felt as if we had known you both forever! You were great guests and we were happy you chose to stay with us at Havenlee. So good to make a connection with you.

Very best wishes
Jan & Ian @ Havenlee Homestay

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Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

Homestay is located off the main street (Palmerston Street). Turn into Wakefield Street on the opposite side of the road to the large 'New World' supermarket, then left into Queen Street.

Myself and a friend stayed in the annexe (twin beds) for one night.

Pros:
-Located off main street, so within easy walking distance of Westport's restaurants, bars etc. We ate at the 'Denniston Dog' pub/restaurant in the evening. It's 5 minutes walk from the homestay. Jan phoned them to book us a table and gave us a voucher to get our first drink free.
-Friendly hosts - Jan and Ian
-Off road parking on driveway
-Spotlessly clean and well-maintained premises. Clearly, they are (justifiably) very proud owners.
-Our annexe included twin beds, TV, storage, fridge, microwave, toaster, tea/coffee facilities, plates/cutlery, en suite bathroom with walk-in shower. Sliding door to decking at rear with table & chairs.
-Well-maintained gardens.
-Free WiFi
-Great breakfast with cold and hot food options. Tea or coffee.
-Leaflets of local attractions. Westport street map.

Cons:
-None

Notes:
-I walked to Coal Town on Palmerston Street.
-I drove to the seal colony near Tauranga Bay. From the cliff-top I saw seven seals down below on the rocks.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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havenlee, Owner at Havenlee Homestay, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2013

Thank you for an amazing review! We were very impressed by your presentation, congratulations! You commented so positively on everything that any future guests need to know about a stay in the Annexe at Havenlee Homestay. We thoroughly enjoyed your stay, your enthusiasm and of course your great sense of humour, it was our pleasure to meet you both.

With our best wishes
Jan & Ian @ Havenlee Homestay

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Additional Information about Havenlee Homestay

Address: 76 Queen Street, Westport 7825, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westport
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Westport
Price Range: $93 - $106 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Havenlee Homestay 3*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Best Choice for First Class Hospitality. Havenlee Homestay is a spacious, quality home offering Bed and Breakfast accommodation to travellers. We are very centrally located in the South Island town of Westport NZ. There are 2 double guest bedrooms, 1 with a queen sized bed, with private bathroom suite. The 2nd bedroom is located in an annexed (or self contained) area located in the southern end of Havenlee. The bedroom has a king sized bed which can be converted into two singles, a well appointed private bathroom, a kitchenette with tea/coffee making facilities, microwave oven, toaster and fridge. A generous full breakfast is served in the dining room. Havenlee is within walking distance of many restaurants. WiFi and laundry facilities are available to our guests at no extra charge. ... more   less 
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