We drove to Picton from Blenheim airport and didn't have much trouble finding the house (it might have helped if we looked at the directions before trying to get there). A quiet side street off the main road out of town (you pass through the center on the way from Blenheim) and an attractive house that seems ordinary (well, beyond that by local standards) from the outside. The three rooms, as you can see from the website, are very different and very colorful. We stayed in a room with a separate lounge porch with jacuzzi and an excellent, modern bath. The room was spotless and extremely comfortable. Breakfast was excellent and Carl's lesson on various honeys as well as on the difference between Vegemite and Marmite (English vs. New Zealand) was a treat (as was the honey. Marmite/Vegamite, not so much). Jeanne and Carl are great hosts and very good at recommending hikes. The house is about a 15-20 minute walk to the town center (which is fairly sparse) with a nice waterfront and boats to go out on Queen Charlotte Sound and to get you to and pick you up from a day hike on the Queen Charlotte Track. These are really nice people who run a very, very good B&B (the four stars would be five if I were rating B&B's rather than on a hotel scale. There is a cat, but contrary to the remarks of others, we detected neither a smell nor any evidence of that cat except when it walked by (unobtrusively). If you are in Picton, this accommodation looked to be a better place to stay than hotels in town unless you need a view of the water ( the view from our room was great (the gardens are on house property and well maintained by Jeanne and Carl).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- McCormick House and your 'Kiwi' hosts Jeanne and Carl, offer luxury 5 star bed and breakfast accommodation in Picton. Set in a quiet, sunny location on half an acre of private established, native gardens, historic McCormick House is ideally located just 3 minutes drive from Picton Interisland ferry or train station. Choose from three individually designed rooms - each richly furnished with a sumptuous bed, luxurious 100% Egyptian cotton linens, each with its own stunning, designer en suite bathroom. Start your day at this luxury Picton bed and breakfast with a leisurely delicious gourmet breakfast. In the evening, join your hosts for a pre-dinner glass of local world class Marlborough wine. Picton is an ideal base for walking the stunning Queen Charlotte Track or visiting famous Marlborough wineries. Eco friendly McCormick House is also only minutes walk from Picton town centre, cafes, restaurants and galleries. Water activities of the picturesque Queen Charlotte Sound include boat cruises, kayaking, sailing, fishing, eco tours and dolphin watching. Carl and Jeanne enjoy meeting guests from different cultures and both look forward to welcoming you to their Picton bed and breakfast. ... more less
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- McCormick House Luxury Accommodation Picton, New Zealand - Marlborough