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“Bliss and Relaxation”
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The Sandcastle
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Reviewed 4 April 2013

Steve at the Sandcastle took care of us completely. The cabins are spotless clean and contain everything that you need. There is wi fi and our cabin had a kitchen which was perfect for us. The cabins are nestled in the midst of mountains behind and ocean in front. The beach is about a 5 or 10 minute walk away and we could see the water from our cabin window. There is a wood burning pizza over there and Steve shared some amazing wood fired pizzas with us. The vibe is super friendly and peaceful. There are plenty of walks that you can go on and it is easy to lie in the sun or go for a swim at high tide. We needed some time to get away and rest, and it was perfect for us. It is the kind of place that you can take your partner and have a romantic time or bring your family and have some quality time together. The staff are so friendly and helpful. Golden Bay is such a beautiful spot. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there in every way. I highly recommend.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 April 2013

We have stayed many times over several years. Every time has been wonderful.It's a beautiful peaceful place, clean and cozy chalets, friendly and helpful staff. Sitting on the deck, looking out to sea and listening to the bird song, it's wonderful!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 March 2013

Thanks Steve for providing such a wonderful venue for our waka ama paddling weekend. The pizza oven provided a great communal focus for the Friday evening and it was uphill from there. Really well equipped - even has large plunger for coffee!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

We stayed at the Sandcastle in Pohara for 2 nights of the 5 nights we were in Golden Bay. We loved it! On our second night we decided to make pizza in the Outside wood fire stone pizza oven. The host heated the outside stone pizza oven up for a few hours before and he made pizza dough and offered us fresh tomatoes from his garden. Delicious.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

Lovely location in a sheltered rural setting about a 5-10 minute walk to the main beach at Pohara. The best thing is that you can take your dog which was brilliant. The pizza oven is a nice touch when you are on holiday but we were there for only one night and did not use it. Unfortunately the place could do with a proper clean and removal of mould in bathroom and around window ledges. We would stay here again if they improved the cleanness of the cabin because we can take the dog.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 March 2013

Had a fabulous and restful 4 days at the Sandcastle. Couldn't ask for a better host. Steve was only too happy to help out and even found me a practitioner at very short notice when I hurt my back. The bed was comfortable, the view gorgeous and the beautiful Sal (dog) paid me a most welcome visit every evening. This accommodation met my requirements exactly and was the perfect central base for exploring the Golden Bay area.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank leesarae
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Steve d, Owner at The Sandcastle, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2013

Thanks, we really enjoyed having you stay and see you enjoying of all the Sandcastle and Golden Bay has to offer.

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Reviewed 11 February 2013

Where to begin - the cottages were not available we were informed by the local I -site but when they rang the owner they could offer us the rooms next to the house. That sounded fine so we booked three nights.
When we got there the owner and his wife were still tidying up!! Anyway we waited and when we went in there was no tea or coffee or milk . The fridge had mould in the ice tray. All the cups had plimsol lines round them and had to be scubbed out. All the pots and pans were not fit for use as was the dirty hob.
I had to scrub the table before I could put the newspaper on. I wouldn't eat off it so to speak. The only chair and the bed were damp so it was uncomfortable. The bedside cabinet was half a pallet!!
There was no key for the door so obviously you could not lock up your valuables - for the short time we were there we used our car boot.
The rubbish bin was full of rubbish from some previous visitors.
I could go on but we lasted until 3 in the morning when we decided enough was enough and left.
So the cottages might be OK but don't go near the house!!
The only plus we could find is that the owners were very friendly.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Steve d, Owner at The Sandcastle, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2013

I remember your stay well. Hayley took the booking from the information centre as all of Golden Bay was booked out and these travelers had not planned ahead and reserved themselves accommodation. We had let the house unit all summer to very satified guests and were not planning on doing so again but it seemed they were stuck and we wanted to help.
Of course we regret they were not happy - we gave a full refund. Had we been approached we would have happily attended to the issues that had been highlighted.
In brief we tried our best to accommodate these guests at very short notice who we were told were stuck for somewhere to stay.
On a plus side for the Sandcastle we have hosted many families and couples over the summer who have enjoyed the excellent value cottages with the many extra's - sauna, spa, pizza oven at no cost. Guess you can not win them all even when trying to help out.

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Additional Information about The Sandcastle

Address: 32 Haile Lane, Pohara, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Golden Bay > Pohara
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Pohara
Price Range: £50 - £67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Sandcastle 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Sandcastle holiday accommodation is perfect for couples and families wanting to get away from the crowds. We offer six fully self-contained cottages that are serviced daily. Each cottage has its own private deck and is set in two hectares of tranquil gardens. They overlook the sea which is a pleasant five minutes walk away. The Sandcastle's many extra features include our popular spa and sauna complex, a wood-fired pizza oven and BBQ area, and a hall where children can play table tennis or watch a movie on wet days. There is no extra charge for any of the above activities. We can deliver a delicious breakfast, mostly sourced from our organic gardens, direct to your cottage. We want your stay to be excellent value and unlimited wi fi is also free of charge. There are also yoga classes in our hall twice a week and we have our own purpose-built massage room where various treatments are available from experienced therapists. The Sandcastle is one of the closest holiday accommodation options to the beautiful, northern end of the Abel Tasman National Park. Golden Bay has many gorgeous beaches, walks and other attractions and we are happy to point you in the right direction to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.Our reception is open 24hrs for any questions you may have about The Sandcastle or Golden Bay. ... more   less 
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