I could not wait to give Ann and John a 5 star rating. They have the Lodge B&B business down to finely honed art. The grounds are immaculate with mature plantings, set on beautiful Endeavour Inlet. The well appointed lodge for guests overlooks their charming 1800's homestead. Our sunny room with an ensuite faced the Inlet and had a private balcony complete with table and chairs for reading or enjoying the view. In the common room a cozy couch with several chairs faced a large window affording commanding views of the grounds and inlet. This was also the breakfast room where John and Ann supplied many choices for a bountiful feed in a well outfitted kitchen. We were warmly met by both hosts, and presented with a dinner menu from which to choose our mains. John regularly smokes his own salmon caught fresh in the Marlborough Sounds, Ann seems to make everything else from scratch, her ginger slice, muesli, muffins and pumpkin seed bread would be appreciated by NZ MasterChef. I doubt she would ever be sent home. Dinner was served promptly at 6:30 with all 8 guests dining together in their candle lit conservatory, complete with an abundant grape arbor hanging above us. These massive bunches were ripe for the picking, sweet and delicious. Our three course meal consisted of generous and tasty salads grown at Mahana, John's smoked salmon, and an orange almond cake for dessert. Presentation was restaurant quality. A well thought wine list was also available for glasses or bottles to be purchased. Our hosts were friendly, attentive and allowed us guests to enjoy our meal and conversations in a very relaxed way. The rooms were immaculate and nicely appointed. There was such thought to detail, chocolates, flashlight etc. We had the best night's sleep.. as if we were home. The next day John took our bag along the path to the water taxi and loaded it on himself. Many thanks for this lovely respite on our tramp along the Queen Charlotte Track.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mahana Lodge is a modern B&B on the beachfront in Endeavour Inlet. We offer accommodation and meals for people walking the Queen Charlotte Track and for people wanting a few nights of peace and tranquility in the Marlborough Sounds ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mahana Homestead Hotel Picton