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Ribbonwood Retreat

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Reviewed 19 February 2015

From the sign saying 'I'm in the garden' by the front door, the genuine and thoughtful welcome by Julie and Joe with tea and cake, to the immaculate accommodation, nothing was too much trouble for this lovely couple. The location is near Frans Josef Village, which is very touristy and you hear the incessant noise of helicopters taking off to...

1Thank davidfromdigswell
Leimen, Germany
Reviewed 16 February 2015

We had a really excellent stay with extremely kind, helpful, fabulous hosts! The hospitality of Julie and Jonathan was outstanding, their breakfast always fresh with delicious homemade produce. Our well-equipped cottage and the spacious garden in a quiet area provided peaceful views and - at the same time - birds we hadn't seen (and heard!) before. Julie and Jonathan go...

1Thank emzet2015
Belchertown, Massachusetts
Reviewed 15 February 2015

Our family, two grandparents, two parents and 4 grandchildren were treated as family at this Bed and Breakfast. Excellent food, try the pizza, beautiful views and many birds to see. Relaxing gardens to read in and share a glass of wine. Advice on what to see and when to go adds to your enjoyment. Sharing stories and life experiences with...

2Thank nanastep2015
Wanaka, New Zealand
Reviewed 8 February 2015

The food both breakfast and the dinner Jo cooked was fresh and healthy! Everything was so good and delicious. We loved the bed and slept well in peaceful rural surroundings. Near but far from the village which can be noisy and busy.We felt at home with our hosts and comfortable.

1Thank Peter B
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 6 February 2015

从奥克兰一路开车到这里,住过几家b&b, 这家夫妇非常好,房间干净,整洁,很温馨。家里有个很大的花园,每天的早餐都可以吃到自己果园里的自制果酱。开车五分钟就可以到达城中心,交通便利。房东可以帮忙预订直升机看冰川。房东曾经去过中国,很家里还有很多中国的小摆设。 We enjoyed the hospitality of our hosts who have been to China so know what we want as guests. A big garden with homemade produce for breakfast which was delicious. Five minutes to drive to the town so convenient also in a quiet area with birds. The host helped with all our holiday planning.

1Thank sarah z
Peterborough, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 February 2015

I'm a bit late with this review but not because we have forgotten our couple of nights at Ribbonwood. We were first time travellers in NZ and this was one of our favourite stops. So much to see in the area and a great host in Jonathan who was so interesting to talk to. We had the room at the...

1Thank Susan D
Jackson, Mississippi, USA
Reviewed 31 January 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our time and our hosts were most gracious, making delicious breakfasts (crepes a speciality) as well as transporting us to town and advising us of the local sights and things to do. We would definitely stay again!

2Thank AndrewSinax
Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
Reviewed 28 January 2015

Although the bedroom was small we had a huge bathroom and exclusive use of one part of the house. Jonathon cooked us a lovely pizza using mostly home-grown ingredients. It is a lovely location surrounded by mountains, one of which has the last 350 of a type of kiwi still in the wild. Jonathon is a mine of information on...

1Thank Jeremy138
Gothenburg, Sweden
Reviewed 28 January 2015

As we were planning our trip to NZ in 2014, a close friend recommended Ribbonwood Retreat as the place to stay if we were ever in Franz Josef. We are really happy she did, as our one night stay there during the second week of January 2015 was simply brilliant! We stayed in the cottage, and spent a considerable time...

3Thank AndreasVagus
Chalfont St. Giles, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 January 2015

Thank you Julie and Jo. We cannot wait to come and stay in your delightful Retreat again. Thank you for sharing your home and your time and knowledge and making sure we really enjoyed ourselves. Not sure what else to wax lyrical about first, the breakfast crepes of fresh fruit, the wooden cottage, the peace, the birds or the best...

1Thank Jill R

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  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
About the property
  • Wheelchair access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Internet
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Welcome to Ribbonwood B & B - a haven for nature lovers. Sleep deeply, breathing fresh clean air! Hosts Jonathan, a wildlife ranger and Julie, international school teacher are experts on history and ecology of the glacier region. We are passionate hikers and bird watchers who can show you the best places to visit. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Ribbonwood Retreat

Address: 26 Greens Road, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Price Range: £131 - £185 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ribbonwood Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 4
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“The separate cabin out back is fabulous.”
mebrooksSantaBarbara, 21 May 2017 | Read review
“the cottage is quiet and has it's own decks on the front and back”
dlcshodgson, 26 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Best view is upstairs on a good day but downstairs or the cottage may be better if you have mobility issues.”
  • Franz Josef late in the afternoon from Ribbonwood Retreat
Jim_bris, 21 Mar 2017 | Read review
“The cottage is lovely.”
ClareM585, 26 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Choose the cottage for lovely sunset views from the large deck.”
Jay60642, 7 Jan 2017 | Read review
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