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“Wonderful Stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Shady Rest

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Shady Rest
Ranked #2 of 8 Takaka B&B and Inns
Witney, United Kingdom
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182 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Wonderful Stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2014 via mobile

Arrived after a long day's travel and we were welcomed with a cup of tea: just what we needed.
Lovely bedroom with good seating area. Great spa bath.
Mark's advice about what to do and where to eat was very helpful.
Excellent breakfast.

  • Stayed February 2014
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takaka66, Owner at Shady Rest, responded to this review, March 21, 2014
Thanks very much for the review. It was grand having you both stay and i am glad that you enjoyed it. Was a pleasure to share your company and conversation . Thanks again Mark
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2014

The Shady Rest is the perfect place for a wonderful holiday in Takaka! We stayed for 4 nights (we booked a night more than intended because of the great reviews on Tripadvisor) and we would have loved to stay longer. Mark was a wonderful host. We felt like we were staying with friends or family! He gave us a map and explained us what there is in Golden Bay, where to go and all those little helpful hints to make our stay absolutely fantastic. The rooms and the house itself are incredibly beautiful and well looked after - the outdoor bath is so nice and relaxing after a long walk. Our favourite part of every day was breakfast in the morning - delicious!! Book in for one more night than first planned - you won't regret it! We can't wait to come back one day!

Room Tip: We loved the Green Room upstairs with access to the big balcony and a beautiful private bathroom.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2014

We would recommend the Shady rest to anyone travelling to Golden Bay. The house is beautiful and our room was very well done and comfortable. Mark is a terrific resource for information on places to go and things to see. We will definitely stay there again when we are next in the area.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2014

We have spent few nights in Shady Rest that we enjoyed very much. Mark is nice and very helpful guy who welcomes the guests with really good tea. The place is really romantic old house. The guests can feel the owner put in the house his all heart.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2014

We spent 2 nights here, including Christmas. Mark was a very laid back and welcoming host and encouraged us to BBQ with him and his friends on Christmas afternoon as there would not be any restaurants open. The breakfasts were delicious, and we were always offered tea whenever we returned from an outing. Close to the heart of Takaka and near many drivable points of interest.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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44 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014

Mark is a great host, warm and lovely and lets you use his amazing kitchen! (and he does the dishes for you :-)) This is a lovely place to stay, the house and rooms are full of character, the bathrooms super modern and the breakfasts are restaurant quality. It was a priviledge to enjoy a bit of Takaka history/heritage and this is a great location for surrounding attractions such as Pupu Springs, the Grove, the Labynith Rocks, etc.

I really enjoyed my stay and would love to come back to visit again.

Room Tip: My parents stayed at the Grand room - it was amazing (we stayed at 'the kids room' at the ba...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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takaka66, Owner at Shady Rest, responded to this review, January 10, 2014
Thank for posting your review , it was a pleasure to host you and your family and the children were a real hoot....it was certainly memorable for me too. Hope to see you all again Mark
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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014

After a long day we found Shady Rest in Takaka and were entranced by its beautifully restored interiors with Rimu panelled rooms and a delicious spa bath in our room which refreshed us greatly. Mark is a friendly and obliging host. Breakfast is excellent. Indeed we opted to stay for another night.

Room Tip: The room with the spa bath is especially good though there is also an outside bath in the garden und...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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takaka66, Owner at Shady Rest, responded to this review, January 10, 2014
Thank you for your kind words, i am glad that you enjoyed it here and indeed stayed an extra night. It was a pleasure having you and hopefully i will see both you again. Mark
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Property: Shady Rest
Address: 139 Commercial Street | Golden Bay, Takaka 7110, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Golden Bay > Takaka
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Takaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Shady Rest is an early 20th century art nouveau doctors residence set amongst mature native trees 5 minutes walk from the centre of Takaka township. This lovely old house has been renovated and is now a luxury Bed and Breakfast establishment with five double rooms and a single room, all rooms (except the single which has a king single bed) have super kingsize latex beds . 3 Are ensuite and 3 have their own private bathrooms . There is a courtyard at the rear of the house with a barbecue and a pizza oven. There is also an out door bath in a private little grotto . I ultimately try and create a homely atmosphere where guests are able to fully relax and make themselves at home . Having free range of the house including the kitchen and lounge areas as well as the laundry room. A nicely prepared breakfast is served between seven and ten am but this is also flexible if required. A continental breakfast with fresh fruit ,cereals , eggs and toast is included. A full cooked English style breakfast is also available. Located in Takaka township gives walking access to restaurants and bars in the town has and is central to all the activities that Golden Bay has to offer.We can arrange and book all of the tours and rentals that you may require to make your experience of Golden Bay fulfilled and memorable. ... more   less 
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