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“A real Bush experience coupled with luxury”

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Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge
Ranked #2 of 17 Westport B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reigate, Surrey
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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“A real Bush experience coupled with luxury”
Reviewed 15 January 2010

We loved it here, even the rain didn't bother us. The Rough and Tumble was your bush lodge right smack bang in the middle of the most stunning bushland and the magnificent river. The days we spent there were riany and the amount of rain made the river swell and flow fast and... rough. It cut off access to the one and only road outta there ( there is a footbridge) but that is not a bad thing and it kind of happens on a regular basis so the owners and staff are used to it.

The room was lovely and in keeping with the bush lodge theme, it had a second floor bedroom and a lovely bathroom using natural materials. It reminded me a bit of camp.
I think the decor rustic, a bit basic possibly, but to be anything else would look out of place.

The lodge itself was homely, theraputic and relaxing, with a big log fire, sofas, a mezanine floor with more sofas and books for reading and windows for views and contemplation.

The food. Well. There are not words to describe the absolutely fabulous food cooked by a chef just for the four guests ( when we were there) who had a passion for cooking and it showed. There was always free tea, coffee and soft drinks with cookies in the guests own bar with a fridge to keep your booze.

The owners were lovely and good company and were more than happy to arrange a bush bath for us- got to be done. We would heartily recommended the bush walk (linear) and they arranged to walk the walk from the other end, swap keys with us half way and drive each others car back to the lodge.

We loved the sheer peace and quiet here- to be at one with nature- sounds corny...sorry but true and to have good food and company at the end of a long day bush walking.

But those ruddy sandflies- beware. The area is rife with them.

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 September 2009

We stayed at R&T Lodge for one night during the winter season, and were welcomed from the minute our car pulled up at the lodge by one of our hosts (Marion). We were the only guests staying in the lodge that evening, but in stark contrast to our previous night’s stay elsewhere, Marion made us feel completely at home, and after a quick tour of the lodge, left us in peace to enjoy our evening. The lodge is a very warm, comfortable place to stay, and our actual room itself was very cosy – although the outdoor tub has to rank as one of the most amazing ways to have a dip that I have ever seen! In the morning we enjoyed a great breakfast, and went for a quick walk down one of the private tracks that snake around the lodge before meeting our other host Sue, who was equally welcoming. All in all, a fantastic stay, and we would love to return to stay for more than one night in the future.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Jakarta
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Reviewed 7 September 2009

My family stayed at this "away from it all" lodge for 3 nights and I cannot recommend it highly enough. If we could have stayed for a week, we would have done, but 3 nights was still long enough to unwind and enjoy the stunning surroundings, beautifully appointed rooms and absolutely delicious home cooking. There are plenty of teenage family -friendly activities nearby, but it is also possible to spend days at the lodge if your family are into relaxation, walking, reading, chatting, eating! We went out for half day trips and returned to sit in front of the open fire where Susan and Weasel our hosts, fed us the most delicious meals. Their personal service was excellent, but they also just left us to have family time when appropriate. The Lodge itself has exquisite attention to detail; is set in beautiful native bush overlooking a river and there are many walks in close vicinity to the Lodge of differing lengths. Unfortunately, as we visited in mid-Winter and were not equipped with boots,we were unable to do these walks but we did venture out to do lovely drier walks nearby, in particular the Charming Creek Walkway. Susan provides delicious picnic lunches which are easily portable. If you want TV, internet, DVDs, then this is not the place for you, but if you want some quality family time to unwind and get back to nature, then I absolutely recommend you splash out on this wonderful experience. We are already planning how we get back to stay again!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 July 2009

My wife and I decided to take our honeymoon in New Zealand and booked a package which included the rough and tumble lodge. Throughout out stay in new zealand we stayed at about 8 different accommodations yet the rough and tumble lodge was by far the most impressive stay. This lodge combines romance with beautiful scenery. The food was astonishingly impressive as well. Our first night we were greeted with hummas and pita followed by a main course which included baked salmon with a garlic cream sauce and rice pilaf, with a side of mushroom rosetti of some sort. It was the kind of food one would pay 30-40 U.S. dollars for per meal, but it was included. Not to mention the dessert which was a sweet pear and cream. It was amazing! The coffee was great. The activities were perfect as well. We only had a day there, but we took a hike that followed a raging river which had several waterfalls dumping into it-- followed by the main attraction-- a powerful 50 foot waterfall. Lunch was even provided that day! After the hike we relaxed in a bush bath, which is literally what it is. It is a romantic bubble bath overlooking the river and under looking a beautiful sky of stars! We would go back to New Zealand just to stay here! WE LOVE ROUGH AND TUMBLE! --Andy and Debbie

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Washington, D.C.
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Reviewed 19 March 2009

The Rough and Tumble Lodge is a beautiful property owned and operated by an American couple - Susan and Marion - aka Weasel. The property is located in a remote valley which is reached by travelling a gravel road four (4) kilometers past Seddonville. Seddonville itself is but a dot on the map and consists of principally one structure - the tavern.

The Lodge has four rooms each of which has a bed and bathroom downstairs and a loft with another two twin beds. The setting is beside a river and extremely relaxing. The main room of the lodge has a dining area with two tables and a small sitting area. There is also a loft above the dining area with another sofa and a desk.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own beer and wine. All meals are provided to include a sack lunch for those guests staying two or more nights. The food is very good.

There are several tracks in the immediate area but the main one of interest is the Charming Creek Walkway. The walkway follows the route of a railway that was used to transport coal and timber from the early 1900s to 1958 from the Charming Creek Valley to the coast. Many of the rails and ties from the railway are still in place.

After a breakfast of some fresh fruit salad and chili eggs I set off for the Charming Creek Walkway. Since Susan and Weasel wanted to do the walk as well we exchanged cars. I drove to the upper start point with their truck and they drove to the lower start point with my rental. Midway on the track we exchanged car keys.

The walk was perfect. No people and great weather. At one point I sat on the track and had a nice visit with a local bird a "Tomtit".

Great location and hosts. This is a one of a kind.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled solo
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Hokitika
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Reviewed 23 August 2008

My stay at the R&T was like no other. The lodge is beautifully presented and welcoming. When we arrived the Lounge had the fire lit and it was wonderfully warm a cosie. The rooms top floor looked out at the dense bush below and the restful sound of the River and Rain made for the best nights sleep i have every experinced. I would definatly reccomend that you stay at least two nights to enjoy it properly. There is a great pool just down form the lodge where the men can fish and the children can swim. There are bushwalks for you to explore the area and you can even get a helicopter up the monkihanui river and raft down. The dinner & breakfast is also great and included in the price of the stay. If you stay more than one night you also get your lunch included. I would reccomend this for anyone wanting to get away from the busy life and it is great for any age to enjoy.

  • Liked — The food, Where it was situated and the great feel of the place!
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled on business
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Reviewed 13 February 2008

Rough & Tumble Lodge is a very special place!.Our stay there was too short ,(specially with so many activity possibilities) so we hope to come back and enjoy it next time for a bit longer!
The "R&T" is located in an awesome place.It is secluded & totally surrounded by natural beauty. Sounds of birds, the amazing river (the pool) and views of the ancient trees & green covered mountains from our rustic yet cozy & well appointed room invited us to relax and tune in with nauture.
Susan our host cooked delicious food for us and made sure we were confortable. Few places in NZ offer such powerfull natural settings like the Rough & Tumble Lodge plus the added warmth, friendly hosts, cozy lodge atmosfere really made our stay there very special.

Ramon & Maggie

  • Liked — Location,Food & Friendly Hosts
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge
Address: 589 Mokihinui Road, Westport, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westport
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Westport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape to adventure and serenity at the northern end of The Old Ghost Road. An oasis of rustic elegance on one of New Zealand's purest rivers. After a day's biking, hiking, fishing or rafting, relax with a local brew by the stone fireplace and watch the river run by. Hearty meals and beer and wine are available during the warm months and the entire lodge, including our chef's kitchen, is yours for exclusive use during cooler months. Deeply comfortable accommodations with birds-eye view lofts; ideal for couples, groups or families. 45 Minutes north of Westport. We'll look after your car and gear while you're on the track and will help you arrange road and heli transportation. ... more   less 

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