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“Restaurant Meal - fresh and beautiful”
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Sans Souci Inn
Ranked #1 of 5 Pohara B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Nelson, New Zealand
2 reviews
“Restaurant Meal - fresh and beautiful”
Reviewed 2 December 2013

We rate this the top restaurant in Golden Bay. The meals are beautiful, creative, fresh and wholesome. The vegetarian meal is always divine and they cater for all food types - no problem. The service is fantastic and the wine selection is good. The deserts and coffee are also wonderful. The atmosphere and gardens and the buildings are lovely, and the people who make this place are just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing this with us and well done to you all.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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sanssouciinn, Owner at Sans Souci Inn, responded to this review, 20 December 2013
Thank you so much, yvettemarie22, for taking the time to write about your experience at Sans Souci. Your feedback is wonderful and we are very pleased that you enjoyed your time with us so much.
We hope we will see you again soon. Have a lovely Christmas!
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Nelson, New Zealand
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Reviewed 13 February 2013

It's too good to keep secret although we would like to. Once a year at least we are drawn back to the Sans Souci Inn to chill out in this delightful and inexpensive little eco-haven. We love the adobe Mediterranean-style rooms in their garden setting, and the choice of enjoying a coffee or a wine in our private area or in the central garden area laid out in welcoming style with chairs and tables. The shared bathroom facilities with composting toilets are beautifully done. Guests are welcome to use the well-equipped kitchen although dining at the restaurant is simply a must - the delicious food is garden -fresh (literally) and great value for money. The hosts are very welcoming and the staff are always extremely friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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sanssouciinn, Owner at Sans Souci Inn, responded to this review, 18 February 2013
Thank you, Anita and John, for your wonderful feedback and for coming back again and again. We really enjoy hosting you and your friends. Vera and Reto
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Congleton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 January 2013

You simply have to eat here if you're staying. The food is delicious! The evening meals are exceptional and the breakfasts are well worth it! (though be warned, the coffee and tea offered at breakfast are not included in the price - only downside of the whole stay!)

The rooms are very clean and have a great Mediterranean feel. The composting toilets take a while to get used to but the whole ethos of the place is fabulous. Coupled with the fabulous beach only two minutes walk away, this was a great relaxing break within our longer trip.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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sanssouciinn, Owner at Sans Souci Inn, responded to this review, 18 February 2013
Thank you, foxprints, for your lovely review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time with us at Sans Souci. We are looking forward to seeing you again. Vera and Reto
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Fredericton, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2012

We love everything about this place, from the colourful, interesting Mediterranean-style buildings, to the lovely garden, to the delicious meals and well-selected wines at the restaurant. The proprietors are very welcoming, but not intrusive. The shared kitchen and bathroom are both beautiful and extremely well-equipped. We took advantage of the laundry facilities, including a great clothesline for drying, and the free wireless. The beds are extremely comfortable, and each room has a sheltered veranda and table and chairs where we enjoyed morning coffee and evening wine in the garden.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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sanssouciinn, Owner at Sans Souci Inn, responded to this review, 18 February 2013
Dear Kelly, thank you very much for your great feedback. We are very glad you enjoyed your visit to Sans Souci and are looking forward to seeing you next time. Vera and Reto
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Reviewed 17 November 2012

We found this to be a welcoming, private and peaceful environment and great value for money! We appreciate the eco-friendly philosophy. The restaurant also served top quality organic evening meals. This was a unique and authentic experience. We will certainly be back!

  • Stayed October 2012
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Thank Sandrey-Bateman
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Newburyport
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Reviewed 29 May 2012

We stayed for three nights in the self-contained unit. Our experience there was a mixed bag. First the plus side. The location is excellent, close to the beach with good access to both Takaka and Abel Tasman National Park. The unit is spacious, with a large well equipped kitchen. There is definitely a funky, "only in Golden Bay" quality to the place, although some aspects of this (such as the self-composting toilet) may not appeal to all. Dinner at the restaurant was superb.
On the minus side, the layout of the unit was somewhat bizarre, with the second bedroom separated from the rest of the apartment by the bathroom. This was compounded by the absence of any stall or divider for the shower, so the water splashed all over the floor. Generally speaking, the staff seemed indifferent and inattentive, particularly by New Zealand standards.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank Ted J
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Nelson, New Zealand
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61 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2012

Firstly, we only ate here and stayed elsewhere so we cannot comment on the accomodation.

They have one sitting a night and its a fixed menu so make sure you ring and book, the night we went it was a Morrocan lamb slow cooked meal. We were staying a short distance down the road and could smell it cooking as we walked there, we were rapt to find it was our meal that we could smell!!

Presentation and meal size was superb and excellent value at NZ$32 per person. Wine was great value, the waiter filled our glasses almost to the top so we were happy.

Service was cheery and friendly and it was a nice adobe setting.

Recommend to all

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Sans Souci Inn
Address: 11 Richmond Road, Pohara 7183, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Golden Bay > Pohara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Pohara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Sans Souci Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The seven-bedroom adobe inn is an artistic blend of Mediterranean and ecological architecture situated on three acres of gardens. We are just a two minute stroll from the safe and sandy Pohara beach, shops and cafes. The onsite restaurant has a high reputation for its dinners and irresistible desserts using ingredients from its own organic garden. The laid back and casual atmosphere will leave you with a memory of a true holiday. ... more   less 
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