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Llandaff Country Retreat B & B
Ranked #3 of 10 Masterton B&B and Inns
Reviewed June 6, 2013

We have stayed at Llandaff twice, the first time when living in NZ in 2004 and again this spring when we returned to show our daughter where she spent her first years. The accommodation was beautiful, comfortable, and Robin and Elizabeth delightful both times. They were always ready to answer questions about where to eat and what to do and how to get there, and rang one of their many connections if they did not know themselves. We opted for the home cooked meal one evening and it was well worth it! Our daughter enjoyed the rural atmosphere both times, wandering around the garden and looking at the many animals and one very colorful pheasant. We would highly recommend staying here to anyone visiting the Waiarapa.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Susan S
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

Location a little out of town and well away from the road. On arriving we passed some deer and llama farm lands from the neighbours before we arrived at this 1890 mansion. We stayed only one night and since we were the only guests, we could choose from the several beautifully decorated rooms. Naturally we took the large front side “Bridal Suite” (58 m2) with king-size bed and en-suite modern shower room (4m2, with very large shower), but we could also use the classic bathroom with the old style lion claw bathtub. The very fine quality linen on the bed was the best you can get. The room led out onto a large balcony where we spent an evening looking out over the gardens, at passing bats, the stars and sipping our wine. The large house is really a gem with fine wooden floors and the interior full of style and collected antiques. We spend a lovely afternoon chatting with Elizabeth while having high tea. The morning, after a sumptuous breakfast with self-made jams, Robin came home from travelling and enthusiastically showed us his collection of old musical instruments and tools, and then showed us around the wedding hall and his restored antique vehicles. Would truly have loved to stay longer at this fantastic B&B!!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank huys25
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Reviewed November 30, 2012 via mobile

This is probably the best B&B I have stayed in in NZ. Do not be put off by the long driveway without signposts. At the end of it is a magnificent house tucked out of the way surrounded by a lovely garden. A miniature kiwi Downton Abbey.

Hosts are a very nice couple.

Breakfast spectacular.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed June 10, 2012

We chose to stay with Robin and Elizabeth after reading their excellent reviews on Tripadvisor. However nothing could have prepared us for this remarkable establishment. The house is a fabulous piece of New Zealand's architectural heritage and it is maintained in great style. The decor and furnishings would not be out of place in one of Britain's National Trust properties. Our bedroom was enormous and very comfortable. In the morning we were served a superb and substantial breakfast. Elizabeth made us feel very welcome and Robin is a fascinating host. We both wished that we could have stayed longer than our fleeting overnight booking.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Nick_Roche
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Reviewed April 6, 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed our short stay at Llandaff, a 19th century country house filled with period antiques. Robin and Elizabeth were gracious hosts, taking time out of a busy afternoon to serve tea and chat with us about the house, its furnishings, and other interesting things about the area. The cooked breakfast was wonderful. A walk around the grounds is very enjoyable.
Llandaff in Masterton is a good stopping off point between Hawkes Bay and Wellington and close to the wineries in the Martinborough area.
Ann and Paul
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Paul M
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

Beautiful home filled with antiques. Our room was just fabulous, huge, with the feel of a bygone age. Robin and Elizabeth are charming and interesting hosts and we thoroughly enjoyed our one night stay at Llandaff.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Louise N
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Reviewed March 17, 2012

Llandaff is a magnificent house with a fascinating history. It has a drive one kilometre long and the rooms and grounds (including the transport) are truly majestic. Elizabeth and Robin are wonderful hosts and Elizabeth had prepared an excellent meal, with corn (from the garden) chowder followed by New Zealand leg of lamb. Despite our arrival an hour after planned, due to Wellington traffic and missing the turning (rescued by google maps), the meal was beautifully prepared and beautifully presented soon after we arrived. After dinner Robin and Elizabeth entertained us with stories of the house. Robin had to leave early the next morning (very quietly) but breakfast was as elegantly served as the dinner had been. It was a great pity this was just a one-night stay on our way from Wellington to Hawkes Bay.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank GrettonGal
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Additional Information about Llandaff Country Retreat B & B

Address: 183 Upper Plain Road, Masterton 5888, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Greater Wellington > Wairarapa > Masterton
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Masterton
Price Range: $69 - $83 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Llandaff Country Residence is a large historic 1880 homestead offering an elegant boutique bed and breakfast / farm stay experience. Elegantly restored, the homestead boasts beautiful native NZ timbers throughout, wood paneled rooms, polished floors; old pull-handle toilets; a “coffin” bath; open fireplaces; and a cosy woodburning kitchen stove. Explore our historic hayloft and stables, glass house, produce shed, gardener’s shed, pavilion, dove cote and see the vintage farm machinery. Soak up the peaceful country atmosphere, relax in the majestic garden beneath 130 year old trees, or wander the farm and feed the animals. Bike riding, croquet and petanque are available to our guests. Enjoy a country cooked breakfast. We are happy to provide dinner – please request this when you book. Also enjoy a country picnic lunch, packed for your day of exploring the Wairarapa. LLandaff Country Residence gives you peace and tranquillity, yet is located in the centre of a huge range of Wairarapa ... more   less 

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