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“The food ,the food.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Kippilaw House

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Kippilaw House
Ranked #2 of 23 Picton B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand
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3 reviews
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“The food ,the food.”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

Kippilaw is a fabulous house with beautiful grounds,with wonderfully eccentric owners Margaret and Bill,who make everyone welcome. Margaret's food is to die for,it is comfort food with a stylish twist,I first experienced at her food delights at her Gourmet stall at FARMERS MARKET on Sundays at the A&P show grounds.
The guest rooms at Kippilaw are quiet and clean very well appointed.Everything about Kippilaw exudes old-world charm and manners I would honestly recommend Kippilaw to anyone, who wishes to have a unique experience with true southern hospitality.

Room Tip: Both the downstairs rooms are excellent,both are quiet,I personally prefer the room on theright-hand...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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kippilaw, Owner at Kippilaw House, responded to this review, January 13, 2013
It is fantastic sharing food and ideas with those who have the same passion in hospitality. Thank you for your kind words we are always delighted to hear we have made folk very happy when we have gone the extra mile for them.
Kind wish always where ever you may go.
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Wellington
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

We are an over-the-hill couple from Wellington and needed a quiet, private weekend away. The result of this request to Kippilaw House was a relaxing stay with just enough attention from Margaret, Bill and co. We stayed in the Picton View suite which was very spacious and private, fulfilling all our needs. The food was fabulous, shared with a young couple who we got along very well with. Our last night was on our own with a fabulous evening meal in the dining area - very romantic and quite elegant. This was a very personal experience with the level of attention we required. I came away with cuts of marjoram and oregano from Margaret which are thriving in my little pot garden in Wellington.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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kippilaw, Owner at Kippilaw House, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Great to hear the herbs are surviving in their new location. We love sharing recipes and food with our guests.
Thank you for your kind words we enjoy hosting new guests every few days we like to think you arrive as a guest and leave as a friend.

May all your study dreams come true for 2013 and beyond.
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

Hi there,

I had my wedding reception at Kippilaw House last week. The owners Margaret and Bill were fantastic and so incredibily accomodating. They catered for our 17 wedding guests and the food was to die for. We also stayed one night. The rooms are beautifully decorated and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. I would thoroughly recommend it.

Room Tip: The room at the front is a little noisy during the day, but was very quiet in the evening.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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kippilaw, Owner at Kippilaw House, responded to this review, January 13, 2013
Yours was the first wedding we have had the reception in our Lounge/dining room. Sitting down with 15 of your guests and family eating off your selected a la carte menu went very smoothly.
Lovely happy guest, having a great time with the bride and groom what more does one want hosting a wedding breakfast.
We wish you a long happy marrage with lots of laughter and cheer.
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Motueka, New Zealand
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Reviewed December 21, 2012

What a delight the food the company the best host thank you so much Margaret we did enjoy a note to every one Margaret also caters at the farmers market in Blenheim well worth a vist we will be back.breakfast lunch dinner desert thank you

Room Tip: Eat in house and she will cater well worth the try
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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kippilaw, Owner at Kippilaw House, responded to this review, December 25, 2012
Many Thanks for your kind review we always try our best in hosting our guest when staying at Kippilaw House.
Picton is such a special place we enjoy showing it off to everyone, by making our guests stay enjoyable we hope others will also come by and visit.
Kind wish and safe travels.
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Chester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 15, 2012

We had only one night here but wish it had been more! Margaret and Bill were superb hosts and welcomed us to their beautiful home with open arms. We stayed in the Picton View Suite, giving us a large double bedroom, huge shower room and a delightful sitting room. Everywhere was immaculate and met all our needs. Margaret prepared an amazing breakfast for us, unique and delicious - Tim reckons his best EVER! Nothing was too much trouble and Margaret drove us to the station for the next stage of our travels. If we are in the area again we would definitely go back - and hopefully for longer and include one of the amazing dinners that Margaret prepares - ask to see a sample menu!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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kippilaw, Owner at Kippilaw House, responded to this review, December 16, 2012
We enjoyed hosting you both at Kippilaw House.
It sounded like you had an excellent time in the Marlborough Sounds which is a very under promoted haven for all to enjoy.
We love meeting and hosting guests who are delighted to be where they are at that moment. Bill and I wish you all the very best over the festive season with your families and may 2013 be the best for you all.

We welcome your return in the future when you come to visit your lovely daughter in Wellington call by for tea if passing.
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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

Our two night stay at Kippilaw House was great. Margaret and Bill were fabulous hosts, going out of their way to make our stay a wonderful experience in their beautiful home. The rooms were immaculate, the food divine and would love to stay with them again soon. Margaret also runs cooking classes so if you can fit one into your stay would highly recommend you do! Susan & Alan

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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kippilaw, Owner at Kippilaw House, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
We enjoyed meeting you both and sharing building renavations chats with you. We hope your build is completed soon so you can enjoy the sounds more when you stay/visit Marlborough.

Our job is made easier by meeting travellers who love where they are and what they are doing.
We appreciate your kind words and thank you for taking the time to write a review.

Bill and I wish you a great Christmas with your family and all the very best for 2013. If passing by please call in for a tea. Happy days.
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

We stayed at Kippilaw House before and after walking the Queen Charlotte Track, and we are so glad we did! Margaret and Bill are the perfect hosts. Their house is immaculately clean and exceptionally comfortable. They were both very obliging and helpful. Bill met us at Picton airport upon our arrival and transported us to and from the water taxi. We enjoyed a bountiful 4-course meal with wine on our first evening. Margaret's cooking is devine, and she enjoys sharing her love of food and cooking tips. The breakfasts were delicious, and Margaret packed us a fantastic lunch to take out for our first day on the Track. We highly recommended Kippilaw House to anyone visiting Picton.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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kippilaw, Owner at Kippilaw House, responded to this review, December 3, 2012
Thank you for your positive review of Kippilaw House it is always great to receive feed back and to read our guests experience. Bill and I really enjoy hosting people from all parts of the world and all walks of life.
We provide good old fashioned hopsitality and service and treat our guests how we would like to be treated when travelling.

We wish you and your family all the very best at Christmas time and may you all prosper in 2013
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Property: Kippilaw House
Address: 98 Waikawa Road, Picton 7220, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Picton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Picton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Kippilaw House 4*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Feel relaxed, warm and comfortable at Kippilaw House our guests often mention that they have walked in as guests and left us as friends. We are just a few minutes stroll to the waters edge of the Marlborough Sounds, cafes and various activities. Margaret is a professional chef/caterer of many years standing and loves sharing her recipes and experience in food. Bill is excellent passing on knowledge of the region things to do and see. Originally from the borders of Scotland he spent all his school holidays at Kippilaw Estate where his grandfather was the groom. We also operate a very well stocked deli Trailer at the Marlborough Farmers Market in Blenheim on Sundays where guests are most welcome to enjoy their breakfasts if staying Saturday night with us. We pride ourselves on good southern hospitality and place equal importance on the breakfast and the comfortable beds. Our point of difference is providing freshly sourced food with menus changing daily. Complementary afternoon tea is served at 3pm if you have not arrived this is left covered in your room. We make tasty interesting packed breakfasts for early travellers to take away. ... more   less 
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