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“Disappointing, depressing experience”
Review of Glenmac Farmstay

Glenmac Farmstay
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Glenmac Farmstay
Ranked #12 of 21 Speciality Lodging in Oamaru
Reviewed 12 December 2008

The Glenmac Farmstay was the most disappointing experience we have had with a B & B in New Zealand.

The promises on the web site and the depressing reality of this Farmstay are night and day. They promise a farm tour by four-wheel-drive, hand feed pet sheep, sheep dog display and horse riding on their site. When we arrived none of those options were remotely available. Instead we got a half-hearted greeting by Kaye. She complained about the drought and how they had to sell their stock. The only animals in sight were 2 horses but Kaye said that they had “gone lame” when someone tried to ride them earlier that week. She said one horse didn’t make it through the winter. She said the sheep and cattle were up in the high country so the only activity was to walk up the dusty, barren hill. The other guests there when we arrived were sunbathing due to lack of anything else to do. The location of this farm is quite far from any other entertainment options, the nearest town Kurow is 15 km away.

If the lack of a “farm experience” was a disappointment, there was also our disgust of our room. The $160 “ensuite” room was nothing more than an outbuilding (Shed or hired-help housing?) with a bad coat of pink paint and an old TV. It was dirty and had heaps of flies on the windowsills. The horse stable was directly behind the building and the windows were open which let the flies in. There was a bathroom heater for heat which was burned and looked like a fire hazard. One look at that room and we did something we have never done before; we decided to cut our loses and move on. Kaye made us pay $100 for canceling. We did not want to be stuck in that unhygienic, depressing place in the middle of nowhere.

Due to the drought, and harsh realities of farm life, the owners obviously had decided that they could make more money out of tourists than on sheep. Don’t waste your vacation time visiting Glenmac. If we had it to do again, we would have found a Qualmark approved farmstay.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 May 2008

Glenmac Farm is an excellent option if you want to get a 'real' New Zealand experience. We stayed there from 12th-14th May, 2008 and had an excellent time.

Kaye and Keith (the owners) are great hosts who let us into there home and made us feel really welcome and showed us how things are done on the farm. The rooms in the house are large and well equipped with electric blankets for those cold New Zealand wintery evenings!! The rooms are very reasonably priced and it gives you that homely feeling!! $25 each for a double room is an absolute bargain!!

Things to do on the farm include some great walking(tramping) and horse trekking but if you want you can also get stuck in on the farm! Bur for those who just want to relax then this is the perfect place. If your travelling for a long time and are missing a few creature comforts then again this is perfect for that homely feel where you can watch programmes such as Coronation Street and Emmerdale Farm!!

We highly reccommend this farmstay!!

Jamie and Vicky, England

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank jamieg1977
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Additional Information about Glenmac Farmstay

Address: 477 Gards Road | 7k R D, Oamaru 9494, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Oamaru
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 21 Speciality Lodging in Oamaru
Price Range: £24 - £30 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Glenmac is 1580ht high country sheep and cattle farm situated in the Waitaki Valley inland from Oamaru and near to the small town of Kurow. Merino sheep and beef cattle. Horse riding/trekking, tramping and four wheel drive farm tour. Near to fishing rivers (guides available), fossil trail at Duntroon, penguins at Oamaru and many other local attractions.Winery nearby. On Alps to Ocean cycle trail. ... more   less 

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