Stayed in this cute little countryside B&B for 4 nights during our Marlborough vineyard exploratory trip. All countryside elements were present - animals (horses, chickens, cats, a funny looking sheeplike animal i cant remember the name of), serenity, sleepy and an extremely hospitable owner.
Place was so quiet and serene that I just couldn't stop sleeping. How's that coming from someone oftentimes suffering from insomnia when living the big city life.
Owner (Jo) was extremely hospitable. Though breakfast was part of the package, she went out of her way to make sure we were always full from breakfast, cut really fresh and sweet fruits for us and left delicious tea time sweets for us in the form of a carrot cake. She provided us complementary nice good quality bicycles for use in our vineyard exploratory tour. That saved us some good money as avg rental costs per bike was 30-40 nzd per day. Her genuine end-2-end hospitality shone through and exceeded our expectations as she kindly initiated and fetched us from/to our renwick coach dropoff point, first dinner place and airport. This ensured we never had to take a taxi in this friendly countryside town.
All in all, if you want to escape from city life, this cute little b&b is the perfect antidote and shows you why some people are willing to leave it all behind and relocate to the good ol' countryside.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Courtyard Cottage is a peaceful, rural, self-contained hideaway, aptly named as it is found nestled in a pavilion, separate to that of your hosts, with a private entrance all of its own so you can make yourselves at home and come and go as you please. Tastefully and elegantly furnished, The Courtyard Cottage boasts a cosy lounge and dining area on the ground floor, along with a country-styled kitchenette, overlooking a sheltered garden filled with roses and lavender. Upstairs, a romantic master bedroom awaits you with a four poster bed, quality brocade bed linen and its own bathroom, stocked with beautiful hand-made soaps and bath toiletries, by Jeymar Soap & Body. Allow yourselves to indulge and be pampered, and awaken each morning to a continental breakfast served in your room at a time of your choosing, to suit your relaxation or travel plans. Alternatively, if preferred, we can bring you a basket of breakfast goodies the night before, to be enjoyed in the morning, at your leisure. During your stay, if the idea of gently cruising around Renwick's gorgeous boutique cellar doors takes your fancy, where you can take your time to delight in seasonal fare and some of the tastiest wine you could ever hope to try, we would love to make it happen for you. Here, you will find yourselves right in the heart of Marlborough's wine region and so our package also includes a complimentary bike tour with Wine Tours by Bike where you will have over a dozen or more cellar doors and restaurants to choose from, all within easy cycling distance away, via flat roads and bike paths and we promise you don't need to be super fit or confident on a bike to reach them. ... more less