My husband and I stayed at this B&B while traveling through NZ. Just as all the reviews have said, Margaret is probably one of the sweetest women you'll ever meet. She's lived in that house since she was 4 years old and shared all sorts of interesting stories about her childhood and the area. Margaret and her late husband started this B&B many, many years ago and were the first in the area to do so. It's obvious she loves meeting new people and keeps her price modest and fair.
The bed was very comfortable and, although the house is older, we had everything we needed. This experience evoked that warm, "homey" feeling I used to get as a kid when I'd stay at my grandma's house. This is what B&Bs are all about!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Margaret Woodill is the classic Kiwi grandmother and thinks nothing of getting up at 5.30 am to cook a full breakfast including homemade bread before your whale watching or dolphin swimming trip in Kaikoura, New Zealand. She’s lived in her Kaikoura peninsula home with its sweeping views of sea and mountains since 1934. She began taking in passing travellers over 20 years ago, just before the whales and dolphins turned the township into a tourist Mecca. When her four children left home, opening a bed and breakfast seemed a logical use for spare bedrooms and bathrooms. Since husband Bob’s death in 1999, Margaret says guests are her family and that’s why she calls it a HOMESTAY rather than a B&B. ... more less