Our reservation at Paeroa was made via the internet without reading any reviews from TA - the place looked just perfect - exactly what we were looking for. I exchanged emails with Barbara before booking as we were looking for accommodation over Christmas and wanted to make sure that there would be availability. She was more than helpful, offering to obtain menus from local hotels / restaurants for us so that we could dine in nice surroundings on Christmas and Boxing Day evenings. Furthermore, she also took the time to explain to the establishments about my husband’s allergy to ensure there wouldn’t be any problems. We chose our restaurants / menus from the information that Barbara emailed and she then very kindly made reservations for us and arranged deposits on our behalf. Barbara was so kind and went out of her way to make sure that we were catered for.
Paeroa is in Acacia Bay, a quiet residential district of Taupo. We arrived mid-afternoon Christmas Eve and were warmly welcomed by Barbara. We were shown to our room which was amazing - and didn't disappoint from the web pictures. We had chosen the penthouse suite at the top of the house - mainly for the promised view which overlooked the lake across to Taupo and the mountains beyond. The room was very tastefully furnished with lovely decor and accessories, flowers from the garden, fresh fruits - and a handful of beautiful scented lavender stems lay on the bed. Beautiful white bed linens and large soft pillows, a large bathroom with a corner Jacuzzi bath, separate shower and quality towels. There was also a separate dressing room with full length mirror, ample hanging space and luggage storage and a cabinet with an amazing assortment of teas, instant and roasted coffee, cafettiere, kettle, ceramic cups, glasses, milk and biscuits. Everything was catered for. While we settled in, Barbara very kindly made us tea and invited us into her sitting room where we were given seasonal pastries as accompaniments. We met John – Barbara’s lovely husband and the four of us enjoyed a very relaxed hour of conversation where they showed a great interest in our travels. Christmas Day was amazing. John & Barbara were visiting relatives and had told us about their plans when we booked our stay so we were fully aware. They did however invite us to join them for an early breakfast before they left if we felt so inclined to rise early. However, we had such a comfortable sleep that we missed their departure. Barbara had prepared the most amazing breakfast treats imaginable for us and we enjoyed our ‘feast’ at their dining table – looking out over the beautiful lake and their delightful garden. She had even left a Christmas card and wrapped a little gift for us so that we had a present to open on Christmas morning. A really lovely gesture. Further treats awaited us as Barbara had also prepared a Christmas lunch picnic box which was full of surprises. We spent our day over at Huka Falls and early afternoon opened up our basket to ooooh’s and aaaah’s and wows. We had a Christmas blanket and a Christmas tablecloth, crackers with hats and trinkets, pink champagne and the most amazing assortment of foodie treats imaginable. Rack of lamb prepared just right, salads and accompaniments, breads and garnishes, desserts and pastries and chocolate hearts – our ‘feast’ was admired by many passing our picnic place – it was delicious. Barbara had really done us proud and we had a wonderful wonderful day. We shared our Boxing Day breakfast with John and Barbara at their table with even more home made treats and discussed our plans for the day. They gave us more ideas on where to visit, and when I mentioned that I had been considering a helicopter flight, Barbara kindly made enquiries with a local heli-centre for us, and after discussing rates with them, I booked a flight for that afternoon. It was awesome.
John and Barbara are terrific hosts who open their home to strangers and offer the best of hospitality. We stayed with them for 4 days and it was the best time of our trip. We met other members of their lovely family too – all of them genuinely nice people who took the time to talk with us and show an interest in our travels. We knew before we left home that our stay at Paeroa would be special, but it far exceeded our expectations. We would not hesitate to return again and would highly recommend Paeroa as a wonderful place to stay. Thank you John & Barbara for making our stay with you so enjoyable – we loved it.
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