We used The Villa Backpackers as our base to walk the Queen Charlotte Track in the beautiful Marlbourough Sounds. We stayed here on the day prior to heading for the QC Track, and returned to stay another night on our return. As is the case for most accommodation in Picton, The Villa was more than happy to store our extra bags/luggage until our expected return.
Check-in formalities were friendly, and we were directed to our room in this charming character villa using an well drawn out map of the grounds. We were invited to use the heated spa pool in the outdoor communal area, and pleaded to not miss out on the complementary Apple Crumble served in the main dining room each night at 8pm.
The Crumble and ice cream were delicious, and an excellent way to bring out the travellers from their hiding places and encourage interaction between guests.
Beds were sufficiently clean, as were the kitchen and bathroom facilities.
We had an restful night's sleep before heading off early the following morning. As we were leaving before reception opened, we were told to leave our bags for storage in the room and these would then be relocated.
In the winter months The Villa provides free breakfast, which consisted (for us) of loaves of bread, butter, and jams. No complaints here - it was a no-nonsense breakfast which filled the hunger gaps and saved us the trouble of packing additional food for breakfast. This was yet another nice bonus touch.
On our return, our bags were safely retrieved, and we had another enjoyable night at The Villa, again enjoying the free Crumble and breakfast the following morning. All in all an excellent experience and we would highly recommend this hostel to any travellers to Picton.
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