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Catlins Farmstay B&B
Reviewed 11 March 2013

We enjoyed 2 nights here in February. We arrived on a cold day with strong winds but had a lovely welcome from June & Murray with tea and cake! Our room was very big with sliding patio doors to the garden and our car was parked at the end of the path.
Catlins Farmstay is like an oasis in the middle of the countryside. Their beautiful garden surrounds the house, like an English cottage garden, is what they have built up from farm fields over 48 years!
As we like gardens they recommended we visit Maple Glen about 20 miles away which we did. This is even more stunning and if you love gardens this is a must see visit.
We also enjoyed watching the sheep shearers after breakfast.
Great breakfast too! Thank you.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 March 2013

Murray and June welcomed us to their excellent bed and breakfast. We had an en-suite room room overlooking the garden that was very peaceful and quiet. We awoke to the dawn chorus from garden and nearby trees. We were provided with an excellent breakfast and furnished many tips of things to do and see in the local area. It may be off the beaten track but it is well worth the detour.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 February 2013

We stayed only for one night but we enjoyed it very much. The room we stayed in was very lovely and clean with a own entrance. June and Murray were very lovely hosts and gave us good hints where we could find hector-dolphins and penguins.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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catlinsfarmstay, Owner at Catlins Farmstay B&B, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2013

Thanks Daniel , The penguins have been great this year its amazing, the yelloweyed-- Hoi Ho-- are the most rare dolphin in the world.Enjoyed havin g you and Marianne.The garden needs rain
best regards
June

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Reviewed 15 December 2012

Not just the hosts - Murray and June - are totally warm and nice, also the huge farmland itself is charming and worth a stay! June took us on a car ride arround their farmland which was a very nice addon after the breakfast with the self made muffins ;-) The area arround the B&B is very quiet and beautiful - wish to come back one day!!! Our trips to porpoise bay and curio bay were stunning - the penguins will make you laugh over and over again! The bottom line here is: everything was perfect for us.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 January 2012

We stayed for 2 nights as part of our honeymoon tour around the South Island. The room we stayed in was lovely and very clean. June and Murray were lovely hosts: friendly and welcoming whilst allowing us as much time as we wanted to relax in our room. Breakfast was absolutely delicious.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 December 2011

This was a super farmstay and the hosts incredibly kind and welcoming (like most NZers we met). Its great to get a different perspective of NZ and see a bit of sheep farming life in a small community (June took us on a tour of the farm which was really interesting). We stayed in the largest suite which had its own entrance and was incredibly comfortable. We loved the Catlins and this place was a great base for a couple of days and also probably the best located of the farmstays for accessing the coast and Curio Bay. Just to note - food options in general in the Catlins are limited - there is a nice little restaurant just down the road from the farmstay in Niagara which we ate in both nights. Good food but a little on the pricey side and closes early around 8:30 - 9.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 December 2011

Murray and June welcomed us warmly into their beautiful home in the remote Catlins area and immediately we felt at home. Our ensuite bedroom at the back of the house was large and comfortable, spotlessly clean and had a patio and decking overlooking their lovely garden. We enjoyed two wonderful nights here, breakfasts were fantastic and June's baking was superb We really appreciated sitting down with themselves and fellow guests to chat over a glass of wine in the evening.
We highly recommend this wonderful homestay, as well as the wild and beautiful Catlins coastline. Do visit Maple Glen which June and Murray recommended to us. A slight detour inland, but well worth a visit.
They also booked us into Niagara Falls cafe which is close by. We had a really good meal, with the added bonus of dining with our fellow guests.
Thanks to you both for a memorable stay, we enjoyed meeting you. Hope you remember us both for more than just our exceptionally muddy car !! Cheers to you both for the use of the hosepipe that evening !

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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Catlins Farmstay B&B

Address: 174 Progress Valley Rd, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region
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Ranked #20 of 97 B&Bs / Inns in Southland Region
Hotel Class:3 star — Catlins Farmstay B&B 3*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Catlins Farmstay B&B is a great location for visiting the many scenic attractions of the beautiful natural Catlins area of Southland. We are situated 10 minutes drive from the 160 year old fossil forest at Curio Bay where dolphins and penguins may also be seen.We are genuine kiwis farming 2800 sheep, 500 deer, and 150 cattle on 1000 acres with the help of 3 sheep dogs. You may choose from hosted accommodation at Catlins Farmstay B&B or self contained studio accommodation at Waterside Cottage (built in 2007) in the village of Waikawa - an old fishing settlement. ... more   less 
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