We arrived mid afternoon to a warm welcome by Jo. We were shown into the Courtyard room. It is spacious and light, with windows on three sides. There is a solid wood queen bed and the most comfortable mattress imaginable. A wooden table and two chairs are by one of the windows and on it was a plate of carrot cake, and a jar of cookies. There was a couch and armchair to relax in and read the pile of magazines. A fridge and tea and coffee making amenities. In the bathroom are local products including bathfoam for a bubble bath. There is a CD player and relaxing music to listen to while you soak.
Jo booked our restaurant for us and offered to drive us there and collect us, if we wanted to drink. She took our continental breakfast order, and when we arrived back from dinner in the evening, she had turned down the bed, replenished the towels and laid the table for breakfast. Before we went to the restaurant we had a complimentary sherry from the decantor on our sideboard.
We had a very quiet and comfortable sleep and went for an early morning walk past the vineyards that surround their home. Hillsfield house is only ten minutes from Bleheim and in the heart of the vineyard country. Jo and Steve have planted an olive grove around their home. We arrived back from the walk to see their white pidgeons flying in to be fed and had a chance to see their beautiful garden out the back of their home.
Breakfast reflected their generosity with freshly squeezed orange juice, a fruit platter, warm croissants and homemade jam. There was also the coffee and the cereal.
This is the best bed and breakfast experience we have had ever.
- 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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