We discovered Mount Richmond Estate last winter when we stopped in for a coffee at Foresters Café on our way to French Pass. We asked to look at a unit and were impressed enough to plan this year’s trip around a stay here. And stay we did, just leaving yesterday after spending two nights in Charlotte, one of the estate’s lovely units. I have nothing but good things to say …our unit was nicely fitted, warm, comfortable, well equipped, spacious, fresh and spotless…the proprietors were friendly and helpful. The free Internet and Sky TV a wonderful thing on a wet, wintery evening. There were plenty of extras too… a large shower with good water pressure and no shortage of hot water, roomy king sized bed, lovely Manuka honey bath products, bedside reading lights and a light over the dresser in the bedroom, daily servicing, an outdoor hot tub and tasty flat whites in the café’ (the food smelled tempting too). All for a very reasonable rate.
We’re light sleepers and had a few concerns about the units backing to SH 6, but we need not have worried; other than the occasional jake brake, we heard very little after dark. We slept like logs.
I’d return to Mount Richmond Estate in a heartbeat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Imagine 10 acres of parkland in the countryside! This is Mount Richmond Estate with fully equipped, newly refurbished motel units. Set on a plateau, just a couple of kilometres from Rai Valley township, with excellent access from Havelock (20mins), Blenheim (50mins), Picton and Nelson (50mins). Eight individual motel units are 2-bedroom with modern, well-equipped kitchen, bathroom, and lounge/diner with TV, DVD player and Freeview. All units have a north-facing deck for that sunny aspect. Air-conditioned for your comfort. Facilities include tennis court, basketball, croquet, spa pool, plus acres of parkland to relax in with native birdlife. ... more less
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