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“A lovely place to stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Havenlee Homestay

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Havenlee Homestay
Ranked #3 of 16 Westport B&B and Inns
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
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“A lovely place to stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2014

Havenlee Homestay is exactly that - the hosts Jan and Ian welcome you to stay in their home. They were very friendly and helpful and made us feel very comfortable. They were very accommodating as we arrived quite late. The room was a good size with all that you could need - fluffy robes, iron, storage space. The bed was comfortable with proper linen and fluffy doona, not the usual old blanket and sheet setup you often get. It opened out into the garden with a little private table and chairs. The room and the bathroom were spotlessly clean. Wifi was fast, free and unlimited. The cooked breakfast was magnificent and would have cost you at least $20 pp to eat out. All the guests had breakfast together with the hosts, which was a lovely start to the morning. We even got shortbreads and muffins to take with us to snack on during the day! Compared to some of the other places we stayed in NZ, I found this to be great value for the price we paid.

You should be aware that, at least for some of the rooms, you are staying in Jan and Ian's home. The bathroom is shared with at most one other couple. (Although I understand that there is a separate self contained annexe). If you are not comfortable with that then perhaps homestay is not for you. Otherwise, I would thoroughly recommend this as a fantastic place to stay.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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havenlee, Owner at Havenlee Homestay, responded to this review, January 24, 2014
Thank you both for such a lovely review, we enjoyed your two night stay with us at Havenlee and hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday in our gorgeous country. Footnote: the Wisteria Room (Queen) can also operate as a private area.

Best wishes
Jan & Ian @ Havenlee Homestay in Westport NZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2014

We have stayed for 2 nights in the annexe room, and the room and facilities are fantastic...Ian & Jan are wonderful hosts and breakfast was the best we have had. Jan also makes great shortbread & muffins.....would highly reccomend

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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havenlee, Owner at Havenlee Homestay, responded to this review, January 24, 2014
Thanks for a great review and your recommendation for future travelers. We enjoyed your company and the great discussions, thanks so much for staying at Havenlee. Fancy seeing you both in Nelson the next day!

Best wishes Jan & Ian @ Havenlee Homestay in Westport
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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

We stayed here for 2 nights in the annexe which has en suite shower room and small kitchenette. Room was lovely and clean, homely and had everything you needed including free wifi. Jan and Ian are excellent hosts and made us feel really welcome in their home. Jan's shortbread is the best and the muffins pretty good too! They also gave really good advice on things to do in area and for our onward journey. Thoroughly recommended.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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havenlee, Owner at Havenlee Homestay, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Thank you for a great review, positive comments and for your recommendation to future guests. We enjoyed meeting you and your stay with us. Always a pleasure to host people such as yourselves.
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Jan & Ian @ Havenlee Homestay in Westport NZ
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Vasteras, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2013

Very nice hotel and friendly hosts. Ian and Jan were very helpful and kind. The room was situated in their private home and well-equipped and we enjoyed it very much. Breakfast was very good, especially the home-made bread, and the owners joined us at breakfast which was really nice. Jan and Ian are perfect hosts and we highly recommend their hotel.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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havenlee, Owner at Havenlee Homestay, responded to this review, January 2, 2014
Marianne, thank you for a great review! That's the nicest thing you can do for us if you've enjoyed the Homestay experience at Havenlee. The reviews provide so much information to prospective guests. It was a pleasure to meet you both, our best wishes for the New Year.

Jan & Ian @ Havenlee Homestay in Westport NZ
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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2013

My wife and I stayed at Havenlee Homestay in October 2013. We only stayed there one night (and we got in pretty late that night), but Jan and Ian were very friendly, kind, and welcoming. They suggested a few restaurants that had food late at night when we arrived and the pizza place Jan recommended was very good. The room was comfortable with a back patio and private bathroom. Breakfast was great as well. The location is also great as it is walking distance into the small town of Westport.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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havenlee, Owner at Havenlee Homestay, responded to this review, December 18, 2013
Thanks for your great review Chris, so much appreciated. Glad you enjoyed your over night stay with us at Havenlee and hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday.

Best wishes
Jan & Ian @ Havenlee Homestay in Westport NZ
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Nr Colchester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2013 via mobile

We only stayed one night at Havenlee only because we had to move on Jan and Ian were very good hosts the bedroom was very clean and tidy as was the whole place , we had a superb breakfast the following day, and Jan also gave us muffins for the journey , we would recommend any body to stay there

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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havenlee, Owner at Havenlee Homestay, responded to this review, December 10, 2013
Thank you for a fantastic review and for your recommendation for future guests. We always enjoy meeting new people such as yourselves, thanks for choosing to stay with us at Havenlee Homestay during your holiday in NZ.

Very best wishes
Jan & Ian @ Havenlee Homestay in Westport
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2013

We stayed in the annexe room at this delightful, intimate B and B. Jan and Ian. our hosts, were wonderful; warm, welcoming, funny and very interesting to chat to. I had made a mistake on the type of room I had booked and Jan quickly made the right room available for us, for which we are very grateful - thanks Jan! We were sorry to leave as we would have like to spend more time in their company. Our room was perfect - immaculately clean with a small kitchenette, lovely en-suite shower room and a large comfy bed. Jan also made us a fab, breakfast of our choice. Highly recommend this super place.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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havenlee, Owner at Havenlee Homestay, responded to this review, December 10, 2013
Thanks for that amazing review! We enjoy the company of guests such as yourselves, such visits give us a real buzz. So glad we were able to contribute a little to your great holiday.

Very best wishes
Jan & Ian @ Havenlee Homestay in Westport NZ
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Additional Information about Havenlee Homestay

Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): $
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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