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Kepler Mountain View
London
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19 reviews
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“Grand Design modern house as a B&B!”
Reviewed December 18, 2010

This B&B is immaculate and modern. The hosts have obviously spent a lot of time in the design and construction of the house. We wished they had availability for our entire duration of our stay in Manapouri! The house is set on a few acres of amazing land and is a great place to relax. Overall - THE BEST place in Manapouri - book ahead!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Long Beach CA
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Reviewed May 4, 2010

Such a beautiful home, such an outstanding location, such wonderful hosts!! This really is 5 star or better. An immaculate, modern, stylish home built and designed by the owners set on a perfect piece of paradise surrounded by mountain views and nature....a highlight of our trip to NZ. We stayed three nights in the bed and breakfast (not the cottage) and thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience of Ray and Jessie's accommodations and this part of the South Island. Jessie and Ray know Fiordland and were most helpful and interesting to talk to. And they know how to host a B&B . . . all the special touches and details were amazing. Inspiring!! I would recommend Kepler Mountain View to anyone I know who appreciates a great travel experience. Wish we could have stayed longer!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 22, 2010

We had a lovely stay in the 'cottage' in the grounds of the main house. When we arrived, Jesse made us feel very much at home. There was a small terraced area outside the cottage, and a BBQ was also provided. The views from the terrace are beautiful as the light (and rain) changes so much.

The cottage itself was very comfy. There is a double bedroom, and also a sofa bed in the living space. There was plenty of crockery and cooking utensils. We paid extra for breakfast provisions which were very ample, with lovely eggs and good quality produce.

Bathroom was large with a great shower.

There is also a small laundry area off the bathroom which was very useful.

We stayed a couple of nights, and would definitely return again.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Oklahoma
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Reviewed March 21, 2010

We were nearly 2 weeks into our trip when we arrived to stay here in the little cottage-type apartment behind the house. At this point in the trip, I was badly missing my home and needed a place to just regenerate and reorganize. You get to that point on an extended trip. This was perfect . . . had everything we needed including a laundry and kitchenette! Lots of thoughtful amenities---all the comforts of home plus peace and quiet! The decor was cheery, there were plenty of windows with beautiful views of the moutains. We were very comfortable here, and it was honestly my very favorite place we stayed the whole two weeks we were in NZ. I loved everything about it!!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed January 10, 2010

We stayed with Ray and Jesse in December, and it was just wonderful. We needed a place in Manapouri, as we were taking an overnight boat trip on Doubtful sound early the next day. Kepler Mountain View was the perfect place to do this since it is only a couple of minutes to the docks. When we arrived we were greeted by "Tiger", the cat of the house, who jumped in our laps and purred. I took a bath in the gigantic bathtub, put on a robe, and we relaxed in the bedroom. Even in the rain, the view from the house was lovely, and the house itself (designed by Ray) was modern, homey, and inviting. Both Ray and Jesse are warm and friendly, and made us feel incredibly welcome in their home. We were big fans!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Illinois
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Reviewed January 3, 2010

This B&B is a very modern house the owners built themselves around 2007. Everything in it is very tall. The stand alone accommodation is an older building I did not see. We stayed for several nights. One of the hosts is a Department of Conservation manager for the Milford Sound area, so we got expert advice on the area. They helped us book a nice kayak tour and suggested some good hikes for us. Breakfast was good and they were very patient when we arrived late or slept in after long hikes. When the weather is good there is in fact a good view of the Kepler mountains. We also enjoyed the very large bathtub.

I did think it was a bit odd that such a new and fancy house did not have attached bathrooms for each bedroom, but since that is as advertised I cannot legitimately complain. The location is not really convenient to anything, but that's the point of going to a national park.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Muenster, Germany
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Reviewed December 22, 2009

We (unfortunately) stayed only one night in Jessie and Rays wonderful, stylish and modern arranged house because we left for a doubtful-sound-overnight-cruise on the next morning.
Our room was one of the two double rooms. The shared bathroom is very huge, super modern and has a bath tub, shower and toilet. (On this time we had been the only guests, so we could use it by ourselfs.) The breakfast was fantastic!
When we returned from doubtful sound we've had a nice, long conversation and watched a DVD about fjordland. Ray told us where we could get this DVD. So we made a small side trip to the „Fjordland Cinema“ in Te Anau after we left them ;-) For everybody who is interested in the film: It's called „Ata Whenua - Shadowland“ and they show it in an hourly sequence.
Next time we will definitely stay for longer on this nice place. The accomodation is the perfect base for exploring the many delights of the fjordland.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kepler Mountain View
Address: 130 Hillside Manapouri Road | Lake Manapouri, Fiordland National Park 9643, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Fiordland National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kepler Mountain View Cottage is a one bedroomed self contained cottage located on a rural property on the outskirts of Lake Manapouri on the edge of Fiordland National Park. Stunning mountain views of Fiordland National Park from every aspect of the cottage indoors and in the outdoor BBQ area. Located for easy access to Doubtful Sound departure point and for commencing the journey to Milford Sound or just hang out and enjoy the scenery and rural aspect. The little farm has friendly Alpacas which are only too happy to say hello to you. Great place to chill out and relax or be as busy enjoying the many activities in Fiordland such as hiking, kayaking, fishing, sight seeing, horse back riding ... The list goes on. Come and enjoy. ... more   less 
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