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Hillsfield House Bed and Breakfast Marlborough
Ranked #1 of 8 Renwick B&B and Inns
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
38 hotel reviews
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“perfect place in the vineyards”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

Everything from the comfortable bed and lovely linen was first class. Our beautiful breakfast was delivered to our room, including home made croissants and there were nice touches like scones or cakes that would appear in the afternoons. We borrowed bicycles and cycled the wine route on advice from our host, Jo. We had a lift in their vintage car to take us our for dinner. We enjoyed sitting in the pleasant garden. They went the extra mile to make sure our visit was delightful and I have no hesitation in recommending this to anyone.

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Longmont, Colorado
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Reviewed February 27, 2013 via mobile

As we pulled into the driveway I knew my wife and I picked the perfect place to celebrate our 10th anniversary. After getting to know Jo, we knew that we must return! She took great delight in being my "partner in crime" in planning some surprises for the big day - she then proceeded to surprise both of us with a very special ride to dinner and we returned to rose petals on our bed. The property is gorgeous, with alpacas, ponies, flowers and a serene stream in back. It was great having access to the bikes for wine tasting - it made us feel we earned the indulgence of a big dinner! Jo's welcoming nature and warm hospitality are one of the fondest memories of our trip.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights in the Loft Room. Jo's attention to detail ensured that we felt very special. The breakfasts were excellent and Jo was always ready with useful advice. She arranged for us to have a tour of a local vineyard and gave us a lift to a local restaurant to ensure that we could enjoy the local wines without worrying about driving. She also advised us on local walks which were both strenuous and stimulating.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

We had the most wonderful stay at Jo's fabulous B&B during our month tour of NZ. If you plan to tour the vineyards, stay here. Firstly Renwick is much prettier than Blenheim and seems to have a higher density of vineyards. Jo gave us bikes to use for free and there are plenty of vineyards close enough to cycle to - bliss.

We stayed in the mega romantic ground floor room with gorgeous four poster bed. Amazingly comfortable. The room is a self-contained studio with space for living and eating areas. There's a sofa, armchair and low level table plus wonderful breakfast table overlooking the paddock so you can watch the alapacas during breakfast. There's also a fridge for all the wine you buy!

Jo brings a wonderful breakfast to the room, beautifully presented. Croissants were delicious and generous in quantity and there was so much fruit each morning that you can't eat it all. What's great is that Jo then puts the fruit in the fridge for snacking on later in the day. When we returned at tea time, not only were there delicious home made biscuits, but 4 huge pieces of wonderful carrot cake for afternoon tea!

Jo is extremely artistic and has decorated the room like a boutique hotel or the best of country house hotels. She leaves a sprig of lavender on the pillow, serves breakfast using cake stands decorated with flowers and provides the most sublime hand cream, shampoo, conditioner and soap made from essential oils.

I didn't want to leave our very happy time at Hillsfield and I can't recommend it enough. What with bikes, afternoon tea and fruit included, it's very good value. Jo was also hugely helpful in suggesting vineyards and eating places and making bookings (and booking ahead for me for whale watching trips) and drying clothes for me.

Room Tip: The ground floor room has a four poster!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed February 11, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at this lovely B&B for two nights as we toured the South Island.  We had a wonderful stay, our hosts were extremely welcoming. The breakfasts were excellent, providing us with a choice the evening before.  Our hosts recommended a wonderful restaurant on arrival, obtained reservations and even gave us a lift to the restaurant.  Bikes were provided for us to tour and taste some of the nearby wineries.  I am not sure what I could add to the many other reviews here. As we stayed here during the days leading up to the wine festival, we should have made dinner and lunch reservations before arrival as our first choices were not always available. 

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

This was our second stay at Hillsfield House and just as amazing as the first time. We stayed two nights in the loft for the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival, which also is a must do annual event.
Jo is just stunning. Her hosting skills, cleanliness of the place and welcoming smile and chat is right up there with some of the five star resorts.
The property is well placed, with Forrest wines round the corner (I am a lover of their Dr's Riesling), Cloudy Bay only 7 mins drive away and Alan Scott opposite Cloudy Bay. Great location.
Jo's father drove us to the festival with useful tips and locational information on the way.
Jo's croissants is worth the stay. Always fresh on the day, warm and super buttery that it made waking up just that bit easier.
On the property they have miniature horses, alpacas and bunnies running around, such a pleasure and relaxing break from Wellington.
Thank yo again Jo & Steve, for making us feel so welcome. PS. Buy the Cork & Keg!!!! :)

Room Tip: Both rooms are equally gorgeous. The downstairs room a wee bit more room. Either room will be a grea...
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Bermuda
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

I can't tell you enough on how positive and wonderful our experience staying at Hillsfield House was. Right from the first e-mail, I knew that I had chosen the right place! Jo promptly answered my request and with the e-mail confirmation, I received addtional attachments of: what to do in the area, suggested wine tasting itineraries, tips on staying in New Zealand and the different restaurants we could dine at. Wow! I was impressed and couldn't wait for our trip to New Zealand! The South Island is stunning and staying in Renwick was perfect to explore the surrounding areas. We enjoyed going to Havelock to eat the green tipped mussells and of course tasting all the yummy wine in the area! We stayed in the loft and the tea tray with freshly baked cake which was in our room on arrival, was just what the doctor odered. The attention to detail is difficult to fault. Every need has been thought of and the little extra touches put a smile on your face. I could have done the white glove test and it would have come up clean! This place is spotless - and I'm a self confessed clean freak! Steve offered to take us to the restaurant that night in his "souped up" classic car and it was just another aspect that added to the overall experience. We were totally surprised that when we got back after dinner, the bed had been turned down and fresh sprigs of lavender on the pillow welcomed us. We both slept like logs on the comfy bed and the morning came too soon! Steve brought in our breakfast tray and what a delight! Our only regret is that we didn't stay longer! Jo and Steve are a class act, and it truly shows that they enjoy what they do.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Loft, which is the upstairs - very cozy and comfortable :)
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hillsfield House Bed and Breakfast Marlborough
Address: 33 Blicks Road, Renwick 7204, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Renwick
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Renwick
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 1
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 
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