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The Summit Lodge
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

Was browsing the net looking for a place to stay that's relaxing, a get away from busy life for the weekend, and came across the Summit Lodge! We had an amazing time there and felt really welcome, like home away from home :) Love the alpacas with their different personalities and Dexter and the cats! We felt pampered the whole weekend were there, thank you Tracy & Jim our awesome hosts.

Highly recommend! :)

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Tracey011, Owner at The Summit Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2013

thank you Roth - we very much enjoyed hosting you and your sister - and the animals loved meeting you! Hope to see you again soon
Tracey & Jim

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Reviewed July 15, 2013

We stayed at Summit Lodge last weekend. We have never been to a "boutique" lodge before so we were very interested in seeing what it would be like. It was great. Our hosts, Tracey & Jim, made us feel very welcome. The room was very comfortable and the food was wonderful. We recommend Summit Lodge to anyone who wants to kick back and feel spoiled.

Room Tip: All the rooms are very comfortable with ensuites
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tracey011, Owner at The Summit Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2013

Thank you for your review Leo - Jim and I are so glad you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed April 28, 2013

I'd never been to a boutique lodge before so came with an open mind. We were greeting by Dexter the chocolate Labrador as we drove into the driveway. Jim and Tracey are the hosts and made us feel welcome and comfortable very quickly, showing us around and giving us all the information we could possibly need in order to ensure we had everything at our fingertips.

Jim & Tracey really have thought of everything a guest would/could require; from the huge, comfortable bed to the lavish guest lounge complete with lazyboy couches, home made biscuits, a refrigerator with fresh chilled water and home theatre system, to the spa pool and gorgeous grounds to wander around at your leisure.

Each ensuite has everything you could need, right down to the cotton buds provided. Tracey took us out to feed the alpacas, which was great fun and there are 5 cats to play with if you'd like to but they are usually put away in the host's quarters, so never a nuisance.

We chose to do experience all the Lodge had to offer so booked in for dinner that evening and Tracey and Jim welcomed us into the warm dining room at 7 sharp, where the gorgeous smells had been enticing us most of the afternoon. The meal was gorgeous and Jim offered us a choice of several local wines and recommended appropriate ones for each course.

We'd highly recommend experiencing the whole package here, if you're just wanting somewhere to stay then there are plenty of motels and hotels. The Summit Lodge is a boutique hotel which offers a great setting to relax in and enjoy being pampered, from the grounds, hosts, food and even a spa under the stars to top off the wonderful evening.

We thoroughly enjoyed this experience and would definitely return.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tracey011, Owner at The Summit Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2013

thanks Andrea - we are so thrilled that you enjoyed your stay. You certainly made a hit with the animals - they loved you (particularly Cino, the Birmese and Dexter)!

As you know we love cooking and it is always a pleasure to host guests over dinner and wine and indulge in good conversation! Look forward to seeing you again soon...and next time venison will be on the menu (specially for you) and, if winter kicks in, it might warrent wood fires.

Tracey & Jim

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Reviewed March 11, 2013

We stayed at Summit Lodge just last weekend. We were celebrating a wedding anniversary. The experience was great. Tracey & Jim are great hosts. They organised transport for us, advised of event going on locally that we had a great time at and introduced us to the locals.
The room was terrific, lovely spa pool and yummy breakfast.
The area is very lovely, even under almost drought conditions.

We would highly recommend Summit Lodge. T&D

Room Tip: We took the room at the end of the lodge, which meant we were a bit seperate from others. Lounge was next door, so easy to make tea and coffee etc.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tracey011, Owner at The Summit Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2013

it was a delight hosting you and the other guests last weekend, Tess! The Wairarapa Harvest Festival is one of our favourite local events - so much wonderful food and wine, laid back music, shady trees and friendly atmosphere - we loved sharing it!
We are officially inow n draught - the gardens look so much better when the lawns are green but mustn't complain about the blue skies and sun we have been experiencing.
Look forward to seeing you again - in winter you can snuggle up in front of the open fire in the guest lounge or dinning room - perfect for lamb shanks or a tagine and a drop of local pinot noir!

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Reviewed March 6, 2013

My partner & I were travelling around NZ for 5 weeks and Summit Lodge was the one place that provided everything; despite other good accommodation, none could match the comfort, thoughtfulness for guests to provide everything that was needed for our stay. Excellent food and conversation; hot tub was relaxing after a long drive and the highlight was feeding the Alpacas after breakfast! Only sorry it was for only one night. Tracey & Jim have hit the target with Summit Lodge and would love to see it in a few years when all the plants are well established.

Room Tip: All 3 rooms are similar and choice of double or twin.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tracey011, Owner at The Summit Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2013

thank you so much for your kind words....it is great to know that you enjoyed your stay. We would love to see you back in a few years. It is only when we look back at photos that we notice how fast the garden is growing (although to current hot, dry summer has been a challenge for the plants!) Give it another 3 years or so and, no doubt, it will look very different! Oh, and we will have developed the pond area as well as installed the gazebo which will provide a romantic dinner setting. Tracey & Jim

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