After a hard but invigorating day's walking in the beautiful hills around Saint Arnaud and the Nelson Lakes, we descended to this delightful hotel, of which we had heard so much. Perched on the edge of fields overlooking the mountain ranges, the hotel/restaurant is full of genuinely historic facets, including rooms with their original features and furniture.
After we had enoyed a delicious cream tea - I think they called it a Devon tea - with extra tea and scones as required, the new owner elaborated at length on the history of the house, and some of its less than salubrious episodes. We were really grateful to her for taking the trouble.
The menu on offer looked so enticing, and the bedrooms so attractive, that we wished we could have stayed longer, had a full meal, and spent the night there. But it was not to be.
Next time we are in the area, we will definitely call agin and use their facilities, and I recommend anyone else to do likewise. Don't miss a real experience!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- TopHouse Historic Guesthouse offers accommodation, meals and drinks ( in NZ's smallest bar) to travellers and has done so since 1887. TopHouse is located on the edge of the Nelson Lakes National Park and offers fabulous mountain views from the guesthouse or from your veranda of your chalet. The Guesthouse has a home away from home atmosphere. It is steeped in history so come and experience the atmosphere and feel the warmth. The mountainview chalets are each self- contained and sleep a max. of 4 adults or a family of five. The Nelson Lakes National park is an outdoor persons delight with, boating, fishing, walks & hiking on your doorstep. In the area there is mountain biking, wineries, 4x4 tracks and more. The property is set amongst farmland and is a safe haven for young children. We have the best views to the mountain ranges. Retreat to your deck of your chalet or the garden terrace and watch the bunnies, cows, goats, sheep meander in the fields or read a good book in utter peace. ... more less
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