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A Culinary Experience Luxury B and B
Ranked #13 of 55 Nelson B&B and Inns
denver, co
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
“Home away from home”
Reviewed June 1, 2009

Kay and Joe have a knack for making you feel at home. We chose A Culinary Experience B and B because of our own love of cooking and good food. We were NOT disappointed! Warm cookies upon our arrival and later hors d'ouvres of green-lipped mussels with rocket pesto served with a glass of Pinot Gris. Besides the delicious and hearty breakfasts, we opted for a gourmet dinner as well with the other guests staying there. I now have Kay's recipe for Chicken Cordon Bleu (which I watched her make in her kitchen that afternoon!).

Joe and Kay gave us a tour of their property, which includes vineyards,an herb garden, olive trees and and the Alpaca Hilton, which is home to their 3 beautiful Alpacas. Joe was building a chicken coop while we were there so I imagine that super-fresh eggs are being served with breakfast now! Their beautiful brand-new home is built to give their guests lots of privacy and has spectacular ocean and coastal views.

They are very knowledgeable about the area and gave us many good recommendations based on our conversations with them about what we like to do.The only thing I would do differently next time is to stay longer!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Sydney
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Reviewed April 12, 2009

Great position - ocean and coastal views.
Quiet location, the best breakfasts we've experienced in a B & B.
The early evening light appetiser and wine is a great bonus and rare in B & B.
A friendly and enjoyable holiday experience.

Kay & Joe are the perfect hosts.

Bruce & Norma Perry, Australia

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Great Britian
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6 reviews
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Reviewed July 17, 2008

Wonderful culinary experience..Kay and Joe make you feel welcome and your part of the family. They're very easy to talk to wonderful humour especially Joe. The food...agh the food.... breakfast and various tasters seem to arrive effortlessly

Wonderful

  • Liked — Food and conversation
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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San Diego
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6 reviews
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Reviewed July 10, 2008

My husband and I spent two weeks traveling in New Zealand and loved our stay at this welcoming B and B. We are both food enthusiasts and were thrilled to have found this little gem in Nelson where the preparation of food is an art to be enjoyed. The owners, Kay and Joe, pay attention to all the details of making a stay enjoyable with ease, providing a light, relaxing atmosphere with great company and conversation.

The rooms are cozy and beautifully decorated, the view over the Tasman Bay is incredible and visible throughout the living areas of the house, and the location is close to the friendly town of Nelson.

Our new friends, Kay and Joe, the incredible breakfasts and dinners we had with them (many ingredients of which come straight from their well-tended garden), and the deliciously comfortable bed, all made this stay the highlight of our trip!

  • Liked — Food, comfort and owners
  • Disliked — Couldn't stay longer!
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane
1 review
Reviewed July 10, 2008

It was a great experience, the hosts were really friendly and they had a very warm and open energy - such like you were staying with old friends. The rooms were great and the food was fantastic. such a great base to explore a beautiful area. Highly recommended...

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.
1 review
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Reviewed July 5, 2008

I just discovered this website and immediately thought about doing a review for the nicest place my wife and I have ever stayed, not just in New Zealand but anywhere in the world. After a very long flight to Auckland and a whirlwind week on the North Island we flew to Nelson where we were met at the airport and bundled off to the most charming, picturesque, and relaxing B&B of our experience. Kay and Joe set about educating us to the beauties and interests of the South Island and made certain that whatever we chose to do, we had the proper tools to engage our interests. I will readily admit that I am not a gourmet, but my wife certainly is, and the food we shared with Kay and Joe was spectacular, not once but every single day we were their guests. I have mentioned to others that we were treated like family and when we left we felt like family. We still communicate via email occasionally with them and hope one day to be able to return ...although with what is happening in the airline industry these days, that possibility is becoming more and more remote. We stayed with them for a week, traveled for another, and ended up with them for the final week of our holiday. It was truly an awesome experience.

  • Liked — The people who ran it...
  • Disliked — So far away from the U.S.
  • Stayed November 2004, traveled as a couple
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Kiama, NSW
2 reviews
Reviewed June 21, 2008

Would we go back? You bet - Kay & Joe are excellent hosts, the breakfast was excellent, and the facilities excellent. Nelson is a very nice place to round out our first visit to the South Island.
It was like staying with good friends.

  • Liked — Great people
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: A Culinary Experience Luxury B and B
Address: 15 Seawatch Way | Atawhai, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 55 B&Bs / Inns in Nelson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — A Culinary Experience Luxury B and B 5*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our purpose-built 5 star luxury B and B, completed in 2011 was designed for the discerning traveller. Book one of our sumptuous king rooms with 2 person shower or double spa bath and private deck or patio. Amazing seaviews from all rooms. Besides our gourmet breakfasts and dinners we offer in house massage, outdoor spa, infrared sauna, and cooking classes. Let us Pamper You! There are extensive gardens, 3 alpacas and a dozen free range chickens in a quiet rural setting, but very close to town (3 km). 3 or more nights recommended. Arrive as guests - leave as treasured friends. ... more   less 
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