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“Very niced standalone unit.”
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River Rock Estate
Ranked #3 of 17 Cromwell B&B and Inns
Reviewed March 3, 2013

Adjoining a vineyard owned by our hosts, this standalone unit has nearly everything you would want: minifridge, hair dryer, dishes, utensils, TV, blow dryer, umbrella, iron, ironing board, great wi-fi with cable connection, and microwave. It would be suitable for a longer stay. The continental breakfast was on the counter and in the fridge when we arrived. We had a brief conversation with one of the owners, who was working in his restaurant not far away; their winery produces around 700 cases per year, with growth in their plans.

The unit is clean, roomy, and convenient to the town and other wineries in the area. We were there only for the night and did not have a chance to visit with the owners or other guests, as the breakfasts are taken inside the individual units.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

The property is lovely, the cottage is comfortable and has everything we needed. The bed was really comfy and we were warm and cosy whatever the weather. The continental breakfast provided was great with care going into selecting things so you got something different each day. The host was lovely and we felt comfortable from the start. The view is ridiculously gorgeous and can't fail to make you feel relaxed and lucky to be there. Alas the cat, Rabbit, didn't make an appearance during our stay .. oh well, I guess we'll just have to go back again to meet him?

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

We spent two wonderful nights in one of the two self-contained units on River Rock Estate, a boutique winery in Cromwell. Our room was just gorgeous… that it had been painstakingly built and decorated by owners Graeme and Jan was immediately obvious. The unit oozed quality and fine workmanship. From the lovely light wood paneled walls to the beautifully tiled bathroom with fabulous shower…the decorative knobs and light switches…the solid wood four poster bed with quality linens and furry duvet…it was brilliant. We felt completely spoiled as we sat on our patio rugged up in our winter fleece sipping wine while gazing at the vines right in front of us (albeit bare as it was June!).

Our room was immaculate, fresh and inviting. It was cozy and warm and had all that we needed, including a generous continental breakfast and wine tasting mere meters away in the Estate’s cellar door. They even offer a discount for their guests at the Cromwell Brewhouse (also owned by Graeme and Jan).

This is an ideal location for a couple to explore the wonders of Central Otago’s wineries – the perfect spot for an adult getaway or quiet weekend. I wouldn’t hesitate to return.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about River Rock Estate

Address: 1 Shortcut Road, Cromwell 9310, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Central Otago > Cromwell
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Cromwell
Price Range: $123 - $134 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — River Rock Estate 3.5*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
River Rock Estate is a Boutique Vineyard and Winery with Bed and Breakfast accommodation set amongst the vines located in Cromwell. It is located adjacent to the Cromwell Golf Course and just 5mins from the town centre, bars and restaurants. Guests can choose from Vineyard Ensuite Rooms or the Cottage. Rooms offer free Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, Flat screen TV with cable channels and a DVD player. There is a kitchenette with a microwave and a refrigerator. Private bathrooms with a shower also come with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Guests can enjoy mountain views from there patio, and prepare a meal using the BBQ facilities. For guests who stay more than three nights, they receive a complimentary bottle of the River Rock wine. Guests can also sample wines such as Pinot Gris, Reduced alcohol Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Naked Pinot, Rose’, Sauvignon Blanc and Port in the Tasting room located upstairs in the two storey barn with views over Cromwell and the surrounding country side. River Rock Estate is a 1-hour drive from Queenstown and Wanaka’s main ski fields, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables and Cardrona Ski Areas. It is a 40-minute drive from Queenstown Airport. Due to its extreme winters and summers, the town is quite conducive to wine growing. A number of wineries allow wine tours and tastings. It was also a former goldmining town and gold panning and goldmine tours are quite popular. River Rock Estate is located at 1 Shortcut Road, Cromwell, adjacent to the Wooing Tree Vineyard. ... more   less 
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