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Shady Rest
Ranked #1 of 10 Takaka B&B and Inns
Reviewed March 5, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our 5 night stay in this gorgeous bed and breakfast.
Takaka is a lovely spot with a relaxing feel. An ideal place to stay to explore the wonders of Golden Bay. Mum and I were made to feel very welcome by Mark who went the extra mile to make our stay as comfortable as possible. The grand house has lots of character, I stayed in a spacious homely room with a very comfy bed. Mum settled into a smaller single room and we shared a lovely bathroom. Affordable luxury. Delicious breakfasts - especially the homemade yoghurt!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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takaka66, Owner at Shady Rest, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2014

Thank you for your review . It was a real pleasure to have you both stay . I am glad you enjoyed the house as well as all that Golden Bay has to offer. Your mother was amazing actually!! I look forward to meeting you again . Mark.

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Reviewed March 4, 2014

Mark our host was great. Very welcoming and chatty. He is full of local knowledge and so great for guiding you to the best places to eat and visit. The history of the house is fascinating and he has done a wonderful job on the renovations. Its very comfortable and our room had a huge spa bath in our enormous ensuite. Breakfast was a masterpiece with a wonderful huge fruit salad amongst other things to choose from. Very deceptive from the outside but he has been concentrating on the inside. Well worth taking a look. Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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takaka66, Owner at Shady Rest, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2014

Thank you for the kind words, i am glad that you enjoyed the house and your Golden Bay experience. It was a pleasure to have you stay here and areal lift for me to hear that . Thanks Mark

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Reviewed February 25, 2014

Mark was a really great host we only stayed for one night room spacious bathroom brand new with a huge spa bath a very comfortable bed.
Free wifi
Excellent breakfast.
Mark is so helpful and knowledgeable with his advise on what to see in the time available.
We are in our 60's Mark new we were heading for Whatuwhiwhi beach as we were getting in the car he came out to advise where to enter the sea because of the rip tide by the cliffs.
So concientious!!
I would recommend

Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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takaka66, Owner at Shady Rest, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2014

Thank you for your review and your compliments. It was good to meet you both and to have you stay with us.I hope you enjoyed Wharariki beach. ...it is magnificent ! Hope to see you again .....maybe in Essex? Thanks again Mark

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Reviewed February 22, 2014

A warm welcome by our host Mark who has done a great job in renovating the old house. Lovely quiet and spacious room, delicious breakfast, interesting company to chat with. Mark couldn't do enough to make our stay enjoyable and his recommendation for the evening meal was excellent. A great host who can also do a great home brewed beer.
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Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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takaka66, Owner at Shady Rest, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2014

Thanks Dave, i am happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. The positive feedback means a lot to me ....i am glad you like the beer too! All the best, Mark.

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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 reviewResponded 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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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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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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Thank Lyn N
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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 #1 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Takaka
Price Range: $85 - $129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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