We've stayed in a number of bed and breakfasts in several countries, and can't remember any that we enjoyed as much as Villa Vista. The house is an attractive sprawling Edwardian villa that's been renovated and furnished tastefully but not so that you don't feel comfortable in it. The guest bedrooms are upstairs away from the residential part of the house. They're large and welcoming with all the facilities you need including a very comfortable bed and some extras like fast, free Wi-Fi. The breakfast room is gorgeous with an immaculately laid table, and in it Tina serves a huge and delicious breakfast that varies from day to day but which she's happy to modify to take into account personal preferences.
We loved the location of Villa Vista near the top of a bluff overlooking the centre of town and the sweep of the bay. We were lucky enough to have the Balcony Room, allowing us to sit outside in the mornings and evenings and revel in the view, but even without a balcony the view is stunning. Yes, the location does mean a steep uphill walk to get back to base, but it's through a pretty neighbourhood and we enjoyed the exercise every time.
Tina was friendly, anxious to help, and provided some great advice on a range of subjects including gannets and guided Art Deco walks. At the same time, she respected our privacy and didn't expect us to entertain her.
Hawke's Bay is a very interesting part of the world, and we had a great time there. If we ever come back we'd love to stay at Villa Vista again.
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Many thanks for your kind words.
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It was a pleasure having you stay with us.
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