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Stonehaven Homestay
Ranked #6 of 43 Blenheim B&B and Inns
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Los Angeles
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A MUST for your New Zealand Holiday”
Reviewed 14 July 2007

Spending three nights at Stonehaven with John and Paulette was, without question, a highlight of our New Zealand holiday. My husband and I were welcomed into their beautiful home and were treated like family. John and Paulette are two of the nicest and warmest people you could imagine and their home is a welcome respite for the New Zealand traveler.
They haven't missed a single detail in terms of comfort and beauty. The rooms are tastefully decorated and the beds, with their plump and abundant pillows and wonderful matresses, are a haven after a long day's hike on the Queen Charlotte Track. But don't miss out on spending a few hours (or more!) having tea with John and Paulette. In fact, dinner at their home is a MUST! Paulette is an amazing chef and makes it look simple to prepare a gourmet meal while chatting with her guests. John's advice on just about everything from wine to checking the weather maps is invaluable. Based on his keen knowledge of reading weather maps we were able to find a span of time to hike the QC track in gorgeous weather. He knows the area well and both John and Paulette gave us great advice on things to do and see during our stay and on our drive to Christchurch.
I would suggest spending no less than 2 nights at Stonehaven if you can find the time in your holiday plans.
My husband and I are so pleased that we had the opportunity to spend three nights at Stonehaven. We now feel like we have a New Zealand "family"!

  • Liked — The hosts
  • Disliked — there was nothing we didn't like
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank run26point2
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United States
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2007

A superb B&B – perhaps the finest I’ve enjoyed anywhere across my five continents of travels.

Stayed two nights in early May while touring the Marlborough wine route. Perfectly situated nearby Marlborough’s finest vineyards and beautifully located within a vineyard of its own.

Owners John and Paulette Hansen were exceptionally warm and I instantly felt like long lost family member. Not merely great hosts, John and Paulette quickly proved to be quite the gourmets. Paulette’s three-course dinners, paired with wines from John’s collection, were most excellent and well worth the nominal additional cost. The included full breakfast was both delicious and filling. It should also be noted that most of the produce served was home grown!

My twin bedroom with downstairs private bath was comfortable and I was welcomed to relax throughout their gorgeous home. Internet and laundry facilities were made available for my use. Perhaps the highlight of my stay, though, was leaving the B&B and wandering throughout the beautiful garden and vineyard.

I cannot more highly recommend this homestay accommodation. Staying at Stonehaven was far more than just a stay – it was a full immersion into Kiwi hospitality.

  • Liked — Hospitality
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled solo
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2 Thank BrandrB
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Denver, Colorado
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2007

From Larry and Sue Ricketts,Denver, Colorado, USA

We have just returned from New Zealand and we must say that one of the highlights of our trip was a two-night homestay at Stonehaven! John and Paulette are terrific hosts, and their home is magnificent, the gardens beautiful, and the food and friendliness beyond compare. We did our laundry and used their computer freely, which was an added bonus. Vineyards surround the property, which is absolutely gorgeous. Everything is impeccable, from the gardens to the bedrooms. Every traveler should take advantage of this gem!

Stayed March 2007
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5 Thank sambaDenver
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Sydney
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2007

A great B&B- John and Paulette made us feel right at home. The accommodation is of excellent quality, and is in a perfect location amongst the vineyards and within walking/cycling distance to wineries and restaurants. Breakfast and afternoon tea was fantastic, and the owners provided helpful recommendations for dinner. We will definitely stay there again next time we are in Marlborough

  • Stayed November 2006, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank WMSydney
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Glasgow, Scotland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2007

Having just returned from spending 5 nights at this little slice of Kiwi Heaven, we cannot recommend it highly enough, if you are visiting the lovely little town of Blenheim, in the Marlborough region of the South Island.

From it's stunning, yet secluded, location within the vineyards, to it's tropical pool and gardens, or it's fabulous guest bedrooms with every home comfort catered for, this is truly an affordable little gem of a place.

Owners, the lovely and wonderful, John and Paulette Hansen are on hand to welcome you like an old friend into their stunning home.

John and Paulette are keen to ensure that your stay is nothing short of perfect and are on hand, if required, to offer advice on local excursions and activities or to point you in the direction of superb local wineries or resaturants. Although, it should be noted that Paulette is a terrific cook and will happily prepare you a three course evening meal from a superb menu with produce either home grown or locally sourced. John is also happy to uncork you a local vintage from his well stocked cellar, either to sip by the delightful, private pool or to accompany your delicious evening meal.

Exploring the local region is easy from this haven of tranquillity and it would be such a pity not to spend more than a few days at this gem of a homestay at the top of the South Island.

Do yourself a favour, go visit and go now...promise, you will not regert it-ENJOY!

  • Liked — clean, comfortable and welcoming with great hosts and terrific food and location
  • Disliked — nothing, it was absolutely perfect
  • Stayed February 2007, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank carolGlasgow
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Salt Lake City
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2006

This homestay is a real gem. It combines the comforts of a small hotel, with the warmth and hospitality of two outgoing, helpful homeowner-hosts, John and Paulette. Our room was well appointed, with a large comfortable bed, large modern bathroom (even had a heated tile floor) and second-floor views overlooking a vineyard. It also included complementary sherry and port. The property is located in the heart of the Blenheim wine country (in fact it is in the middle of a vineyard), and is a easy drive or bike ride to some of the best wineries in the region. The property is immaculate and exceptionally well cared for, with flowers everywhere. The breakfasts are outstanding, and include homemade muffins, eggs to order and a selection of fresh fruits and cerals. Don't miss this place, if you are looking for accommodations in the area!

  • Liked — Comfort, ease and convenience
  • Disliked — No wireless internet accesss
  • Tips/Secrets — This is a homestay, where you are in and have access to the entire home and its hosts
  • Stayed December 2006, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Traveleta
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PauletteMarlborough, Owner/host at Stonehaven Homestay, responded to this review, 19 February 2008
Thank you, Traveleta, for your suggestion with regard to internet access for guests. GOOD NEWS! Stonehaven Vineyard Homestay now has wireless internet connection for guests' use. We appreciate your input, thank you.
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Bainbridge Island, WA, US
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Reviewed 16 March 2006

We stayed at Stonehaven for the last two nights of a month-long trip and had a marvelous time. The proprietors, John and Paulette, are just terrific and make their home yours. The location is really convenient to the Blenheim wineries, and the rooms have beautiful views over the vineyards that surround Stonehaven. For an additional amount, dinner can be purchased, and it is well-worth it! I would put Paulette's cooking among the very best chefs in New Zealand!
Like any good proprietors, John and Paulette will give you as much info and time as you want, or none at all. We really enjoyed everything about our stay at Stonehaven.

  • Stayed December 2005
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5 Thank Isle-to-Isle
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Additional Information about Stonehaven Homestay

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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