We stayed for several nights in December at the Bronte Country Estate on the Abel-Tasman coast, and were very pleased with our choice. This is obviously a high quality and rigorously-maintained establishment. We had two cottages side by side, one for ourselves and one for our children, ages 8 and 11. The cottages are scrupulously clean, comfortable, and in very good condition, decorated traditionally. Someone clearly takes loving pride in the gardens as well, as these are immaculate. BCE is blessed too with a good position, with very agreeable water views. Our cottage came with a nice selection of food and drink from the area, which was a lovely and welcome touch. Breakfast is served at the main building, on a sort of verandah, and it is a very pleasant spot, the food is all homemade and excellent. You can also select DVDs from the collection at the main resicence, and our children enjoyed these. The only odd note came when we went to a local restaurant for dinner one evening, the reservation made by our hosts and on their recommendation. On arrival we were greeted by the hostess or owner in a tart manner, saying she was expecting us to be late, because we'd been so late arriving at the Bronte two nights before. The remark seemed out of place, made us feel rather unwelcome, and gave the impression that our hosts had complained about us. It was rather too bad because n every other way, our experience was quite positive and pleasant. Nevermind, I still recommend the Bronte for visitors to this lovely area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bronte Country Estate is exclusive luxury accommodation in a tranquil natural setting. Nestled on the edge of the Waimea Estuary on Nelson’s historic Bronte Peninsula, Bronte is surrounded by its extensive mature gardens, family-run vineyard and apple orchards.As Nelson's premier 5-star waterfront property, Bronte Country Estate is New Zealand owned and operated, with five purpose-built suites and villas set apart from the homestead. Dressing rooms, spa baths and kitchenettes provide the ultimate in luxury and comfort.Guests can enjoy the meandering gardens and parkland, heated swimming pool, tennis court, petanque, mountain bikes, and canoes and the seasonal beauty of the Estate’s 65 acre coastal orchard. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bronte Country Estate Mapua, New Zealand - Nelson-Tasman