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Stonehaven Homestay
Ranked #6 of 43 Blenheim B&B and Inns
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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55 reviews
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“Get the real low down on New Zealand”
Reviewed 4 April 2013

We were lucky enough to spend two nights at Stonehaven Homestay, literally in the middle of several Sauvy Blanc vineyards west of Blenheim. John and Paulette were the perfect hosts. We learned about the real NZ from lifelong residents who are so open with their information and insights. The breakfast by the pool was superb with lively conversation and more food than you can eat. We took their advice on restaurants and vineyards and were not disappointed. An intimate stay in a wonderful country.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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delaware
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Reviewed 4 April 2013

What a perfect place to stay as you tour the Marlborough wineries! The lovely home of Paulette and John is surrounded by vineyards and beautifully landscaped gardens with the mountain ranges in the distance. We thoroughly enjoyed our king room with a balcony, very comfortable bed and delicious breakfast overlooking the pool the next morning. Don't hesitate to book Stonehaven for your stay in Blenheim - you will be glad you did!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

Beautiful location amongst the vines, surrounded by mountains/hills. Magnificent evening meal shared with great company of John and Paulette and lovely wines from John's cellar. Breakfast was just outstanding, beautiful setting in the garden room by the pool, I was just blown away. I so much want to go back and hopefully we will make it with friends for my 60th next year. The homestead is just perfect, Paulette has done such a beautiful job putting together artwork and furnishings, bedrooms and bathrooms are stunning. I so much loved this place!!

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 March 2013

Our two night stay in February was booked on the strength of previous TripAdvisor reviews; we were not disappointed.

The warm welcome, the beautiful surroundings, the great breakfasts by the pool, and John and Paulette's recommendations for our day tour of the wineries were topped off with a fantastic meal with out hosts and other guests: one of the best meals of our holiday.

The house is perfect and Stonehaven was one of our favourite locations in New Zealand.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Georgia
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

Perfect location in every way.
If you are planning to bike part, or all, of the Blenheim area wine trail, this is the B&B for you. There are at least ten wineries within a fifteen minute bike ride. Paulette and John are very hospitable and will help with whatever you need, including laundry. Breakfast by the pool is a lovely treat complete with white linen tablecloth and napkins. The rooms are large and have all the amenities you could possibly need. It is located in the middle of a vineyard and the gardens are beautiful.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Placerville, California
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Reviewed 16 March 2013

Our stay with John and Paulette was wonderful - the vineyard view from our room was beautiful; the wine, the home-cooked dinner and breakfasts we had were some of the best on our 3-week trip. The company of our hosts and the other guests made the stay even more enjoyable. Overall one of our favorite stops.

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

Our time at Stonehaven Homestay could not have been more perfect!! We wanted to experience all different types of accommodations while travelling for a month in New Zealand and actually had some reservations about doing a homestay particularly with regard to privacy and amount of interaction with the hosts. There was certainly no need for any of that concern. John and Paulette welcome you to their beautiful home which is located right in the middle of a vineyard. The house is off the road so it is extremely quiet and tranquil yet close enough to be able to drive into nearby Blenheim for shopping and dinner.

The guest rooms look out onto the vineyards and have pristine bathrooms with every amenity you would expect to find in a luxury hotel. The rooms are very tastefully decorated with great attention to detail. The linens are luxurious with comforters, embroidered pillowcases, and down pillows. There is an abundance of bath towels provided and a heated towel rack.

Breakfast is served in a lovely gazebo next to the swimming pool. Every morning Paulette served a different homemade muffin along with fresh fruit from John’s amazing garden. That is only the warm up for the hot breakfast. All is enough to keep you going until dinner. There is a nicely stocked mini-bar in the room and a carafe of port and sherry. When we returned from our day’s activities, they always had time to sit and chat with us over a cup of tea and cookies.

John and Paulette provided us with maps and recommendations on places to go and things to do. A must is seeing the nearby WWI (they are adding WWII hangars in the next year) air museum. I can assure you, even women will enjoy this. They helped us with winery suggestions catered to our own varietal preferences. Paulette even arranged a much-needed nail appointment for me at a nearby spa.

We strongly recommend you have at least one meal at the house (prior arrangements needed). It was one of the best meals we had in New Zealand! You will be able to select the menu ahead of time. Everything was delicious and well-presented. Wines were paired with the courses to complement the food. John and Paulette are fun and interesting which made for a most delightful evening and a lovely stay in the Marlborough region.

Room Tip: There are only 3 rooms available - king, queen, and twin beds and all have garden views.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Stonehaven Homestay
Address: 414 Rapaura Road | Fairhall, Blenheim 7273, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Blenheim
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Blenheim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Stonehaven Homestay 5*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The property on which Stonehaven was located sold recently. Stonehaven is relocating to new, purpose-built premises at Fairhall, Blenheim, Marlborough and will be reopening on September 1st 2017. Come an experience the same generous Kiwi hospitality with the same hosts, Paulette and John, at a new loctaion with the same stunning vineyard and mountain views and close proximity to the region's most outstanding wineries. Stonehaven will be offering a 2 room guest suite catering for one or two couples. We look forward to welcoming you to our new home in the summer of 2017. ... more   less 
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