Apologies to those familiar with this sort of homestay/B&B accommodation, but for those like me who weren't, a couple of crucial points. At Loch Vista you are essentially staying in a house, which you share with other guests. On one hand, it is as far as you can get from a big, corporate 5-star hotel (which I would normally stay in for both business and pleasure, but which really don't exist in this part of NZ) - no uniformed staff, no room service, no anonymity. And it would be pretty difficult not to interact with others staying there as well as the owner - so if you are anti-social, perhaps better avoided. On the other hand, it is equal to the best hotels I've stayed in - very clean, good-sized rooms, stunning views and tremendously welcoming. So how you feel about Loch Vista will very much depend on what you're comfortable with. Pam is a great host, baking fresh cakes, muffins, and even leaving a couple of bottles of wine for the guests. She is very chatty, a font of local knowledge, with great recommendations for restaurants in the town. (Her friend Janet sometimes covers for her - she too is a superb hostess). This place is a good example of the New Zealand laid-back approach to life, and undoubtedly homely and relaxing. It would be a great setting for a big family get-together where you could rent out the whole property. I would very happily return - as would my parents.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Fiordland and Loch Vista Lakeview Accommodation. We are located on a small, rural property on the way to Milford Sound, just 5 km from Te Anau. Loch Vista overlooks Lake Te Anau and the Murchison Mountains and offers stunning panoramic views. You can relax in comfort and enjoy the ever changing scenery and starry night skies. Our family home is located within walking distance from Loch Vista and we are available for tips on local activities. Pam and Guy Turnbull. ... more less
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