Camp estate is a short walk from Larnach Castle on a hill which makes for very good views over Dunedin. What it sets apart from other hotels is the way they treat the travellers. For only a handful of rooms they have two hosts (Catherine and Mike) who are just there to fulfill every wish. From carrying the bagagge over arranging all the little details of our stay (dinner at the castle, Elm tour) to the last day (s.b.) they were 100% friendly and service minded with a very relaxed attitude.
The Estate in itself is very nice. A very large entrance ahll and staircase, a nice library with a fire and a largehonesty bar, a very modern kitchen in which the breakfast was served and a modern room with a large bath. All pretty new and perfectly clean. The room had a nice open gasfire, a well stocked minibar, lots of storeroom and a PC with a free internet access (TV was also there but we did not use it).
The bath had a large rainshower with lots of hot water (see below) all amenities and space enough for two.
You can sit outside in the back and enjoy the view on the hill or have a nice chat in the evening in the library.
The estate is of course about 5-10 minutes windy road from the next restaurant so a dinner at the castle (including transport service) seems a natural choice but it might have been that they had to cater for too many people on that day but they had troubles seating guest, getting food out, filling up glasses and the lamb was seriously overdone. Maybe they show a better performance with not so many guests.
On our last day the pump for cold water went out and so taking a shower was impossible (the first time I had too much hot water anywhere). We were offered the bath of another room with water carried by bucket (!) up for us which we declined due to time constraints but the way they treated this malheur was wonderful. With a lot of humor, willing to offer a fast solution and a compensation and still able to prepare us a wonderful breakfast.
Which by the way, freshly prepared with lots of fresh fruit, bread, cereals and cooked items was a feast in itself. No need for any other food until the evening. One evening we had a platter which was waiting for us together with the hostess until very late and we could decide where to eat. The platter was wonderful and more than satisfying for two hungry people.
All in all a wonderful place to stay and to be pampered.
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