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16 reviews
Brookby, our Head Girl. Gentle, highly affectionate, long-suffering pal of Guinness's. Food freak.
Guinness. Chief Hooligan, major smash-n-grab artiste & Sock Thief Supremo. But adorable.
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Cottage -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Blenheim, Marlborough Region, South Island

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GringoAng...
Singapore, Singapore
Level 5 Contributor
95 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Good Stay”
Reviewed 16 December 2017 for a stay in December 2017

Mary Jo & Richard’s cottage is an excellent place to stay near Renwick & Blenheim. Clean, comfortable and well located near many wineries. They’re exceptional hosts as well.

The only issues we encountered were tge WiFi signal was very weak (our mobiles did work from the cottage so not a major issue) and the mattress was extremely soft and wobbly.

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Management Response
19 Dec 2017
Hi Mike, I’m glad you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your comments. Am sorry if you had any issues with wifi, we’ve spent quite a lot of money tying to improve it and it does usually work. However, the internet round here can be unpredictable at times but usually works, so we might do some investigating.

Re the mattress , am sorry, but yours is the first negative comment we’ve ever had. It is a hotel grade mattress, and most guests have declared it was difficult to get out of because it was so comfortable!

Hope you enjoy the remainder of your stay in this beautiful country.
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Petsnelso...
Sheringham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Wonderful stay in Marlborough ”
Reviewed 20 November 2017 for a stay in November 2017

So glad we booked a 3 night stay at Brookby Ridge.
Wonderful views and so peaceful
The cottage is very well equipped and very comfortable and is a good location for touring the vineyards
And many thanks to Mary Jo and Richard our lovely hosts for such a warm welcome and giving us lots of advice about the area
A real highlight of our stay in Marlborough

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Management Response
24 Nov 2017
Such a lovely review! It was great to meet you both and if you come back to NZ we'd be delighted to see you. So would Brookby :0)
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Charlotte...
London, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Lovely stay”
Reviewed 7 November 2017 for a stay in November 2017
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Lovely find staying in this cottage. The hoats are so friendly and their dog is adorable. Views are amazing and cottage is homely and comfortable, and very near huge numbers of vineyards. One of the highlights of our trip!

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Management Response
9 Nov 2017
Thank you so much, Edward. Such a pleasure to meet you both, and I hope the rest of your time in this beautiful country is just as rewarding. Glad the big storm didn't case any disruption! Travel well.
Mary-Jo
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Lilylou1
Brisbane, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Exceptional lodgings”
Reviewed 5 July 2017 for a stay in June 2017

Although Mary-Jo was not able to meet us, her delightful, genial husband Richard and their two extraordinary canine family members Brookby and Guiness made our stay one of the most memorable in our travels. The lodgings were outstanding for the magnificent views of the valley and the vineyards, the tranquility of the surrounds and the most ideal hosts who assisted us in everything we needed. The facilities were outstanding with not one thing that was wanting. Thank you for our most rewarding stay. We highly recommend this accommodation and look forward to return to your lodgings. Sincere thank you!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
7 Jul 2017
John & Beth, what a wonderful review, am overwhelmed. So glad you enjoyed your time in the cottage, Richard mentioned how delightful you were and it was very kind of you to drop him at the airport. The dogs are great fun, Guinness is a mischievous handful at 7 months, but everyone loves them. They're a.great asset!

Would love ot meet you when you return, just say the word!

Best wishes
Mary-Jo & Richard
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kms480
Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
“cosy well equipped cottage with killer view of vineyards”
Reviewed 15 May 2017 for a stay in May 2017

Hots were extremely friendly and helpful. Cottage had everything we needed and s very close to Highfield Vineyard/Restaurant

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
16 May 2017
Hi Kath, so kind of you to give us a great review and so fast too! Glad to hear you enjoyed your time in our little cottage, it's such a great place to snuggle down in. Forgot to tell you that Highfield does Sunday breakfasts, but it sounds as though you might have discovered that already! Maybe see you again next year?
Mary Jo
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1cef2
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Peaceful, Delightful Marlborough Gem”
Reviewed 1 April 2017 for a stay in January 2017

We loved staying here.... location, views, super comfortable bed. VERY cool shower (the Tardis!). Mary Jo greeted us warmly and showed us around. She also gave us lots of good infrmation about 'things to do' in the vicinity. Appreciated the welcome basket with wine and other goodies.
The cottage (especially the kitchen), is very well equipped. Fun to prepare meals and eat there, then retire to the back deck with a glass of wine, watching the sunset...
Thank You for a very relaxing way to finish up our trip in the South Island.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
2 Apr 2017
So glad you both enjoyed the cottage, it's such a great little place to stay! You also had a sensible amount of time there - 3 nights gives you a chance to relax and forget the stress of living-out-of-a-suitcase for a while, and Marlborough is a glorious region, with lots to do.. Would love to see you again, and should you return you'll have the company of two very adorable black Labradors, rather than one - new puppy arrived in mid-February (complete handful at the moment) should be under control within the next few months, hopefully! Mary-Jo
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Denise R
Estes Park, Colorado
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“MD”
Reviewed 4 March 2017 for a stay in February 2017

Brookby Ridge was a beautiful location to spend our time in Marlborough. The view of the vineyards and mountains was fantastic. Mary Jo and Richard were excellent hosts. We were greeted with a welcoming basket that included a bottle of wine from Marlborough. Brookby and Guiness reminded us of home. We stayed an extra day and cancelled other reservations as we were so impressed with our accommodations! We will book for ten days next time! See you in two years!

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Management Response
4 Mar 2017
Great to meet more lovely guests who were thrilled to be in NZ and happy to put up with the antics of our two black Labs. Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers (still going strong) and those kind words in your review, it's what inspires us to always do our best for our visitors. Here's to 2019, the road from Kaikoura to Blenheim (SH1) will have long been repaired by then, so even more fantastic views to be savoured! Take care. Mary-Jo & Richard.
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