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Reviewed 9 April 2012

One of the best evenings of our holiday! Super food and very genial company.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Dorothy W
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Reviewed 3 March 2012

I booked St Arnaud House as a mid point between the ferry at Picton and the scenic west coast. But it's far more than that. We were welcomed by our hosts and made to feel right at home. Our 8 year old daughter had a fantastic time and enjoyed the beautiful walk to the lake to feed the ducks and the eels! Margery is a great cook who uses fresh ingredients to make tasty meals. All the home made jams, chutneys and sauces were a treat and we felt thoroughly spoilt by their hospitality and friendliness. The room we had was perfect for the 3 of us - it's not large, but certainly is clean and comfortable.
My only problem is I'm allergic to cats and they do live in the house. Whilst I don't think they're allowed upstairs, I was effected by them at night.
However overall, I would definitely recommend this B&B - and it does make a great half way point to the West Coast!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Cheryl A
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Reviewed 24 February 2012

St. Arnaud house is situated right in the beech forest, so close to the lake, the closest neighbours being the bellbirds and the tuis. Russell and Margery were the most attentive hosts making us feel extremely welcome and giving us a very special holiday. Our room was exquisite with great attention to detail and marvellous views of the mountains through the skylights. After a long day's walking to return to good conversation, a glass of wine and a wonderful dinner (cooked by Margery) added to our overall enjoyment. Well done and thank you.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank 566Toots
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Reviewed 30 March 2011

A wonderful wonderful place located at a wonderful location it is in a secluded spot that gives you the filling you are in the middle of the forest and yet within 10 minutes walk you are at the lake and all the activities are near by.

The rooms are specious the beds are very comfortable with view to the forest or the mountains - depending on the room 100% cotton sheets with worm duvet as well as electric blankets.

The en-suit shower is very specious and you have everything you need.

the leaving area is big and comfortable.

Breakfast is cooked to your liking by Margurie (an artist in the kitchen) it varies between cooked English breakfast (bacon and eggs - Rassuls favorite choose it if you can :)) as well as muesli and freshly backed muffins - and of course don't miss Russles delicious coffee!!

Dinners are as good but wait for the desserts (puddings...) non stop feast!!!

But the most important feature of this place are your hosts a warm couple that makes you feel at home right away and is very helpful and kind which made me feel like I'm staying with close family or old friends - after 5 days there it was very hard to leave for the rest of my trip :)

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 January 2011

Our B&B hosts Russell and Margery Chilton could not have been more welcoming. Their wooden log-style cottage is set in a beautiful garden only a minute off the "63" main road in St Arnaud, between Murchison and Blenheim. We met their pet dogs and cats and instantly felt at home. The room we had was a little small and lacked a cupboard but in all other respects was cosy and clean, with an en-suite bathroom and toilet. We slept very comfortably and warmly on the Queen sized bed - and warmth is important in the cool alpine climate! Even though we visited in mid summer the night temperatures dropped below 15 deg C. Margery and Russell shared life experiences from the area and from their past as retired farmers. We shared many jokes and really appreciated the insight they gave us to activities in the area and particularly advice on day walks in the beautiful Nelson Lakes National Park (to which their property is closely located). We soaked up the bell bird calls and otherwise virtual complete silence at night. We enjoyed day walks and a boat (water taxi) trip on the Rotoiti Lake, which Margery kindly helped us book. Her breakfasts are a feast and her gourmet dinner a treat too - she is a respected cook in the area from speaking to the folks in St Arnaud village. Russell makes a good coffee and has many stories to share. We loved this place and have no hesitation in recommending it to others.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Das63
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