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“Great self-catering option in the Catlins” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Catlins Farmstay B&B
NJ
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85 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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“Great self-catering option in the Catlins”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

This three-bedroom home is close to Curio and Porpoise Bays, close to the Niagara Falls Cafe, and a good place from which to explore the Catlins. Comfortable rooms, well-appointed bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchen. Buy groceries before you get there if you are planning to self cater.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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New Haven, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2014 via mobile

There are few rooms to be had in the far south area of New Zealand called The Catlins, and this is a great choice. Better than rooms at the farm are the three bedrooms, good for a family or couples traveling together, that are the proprietors' eventual retirement home. The house faces a lively lagoon with shore birds and is close to Curio Bay with its dolphins and the nearby beach where yellow eyed penguins live. Breakfast is up at the farmhouse where sheep-shearing may be a feature. Hosts are friendly and breakfast is top notch.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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catlinsfarmstay, Owner at Catlins Farmstay B&B, responded to this review, 19 February 2014
Thanks our holiday house is in agreat place relaxing to come home to after sightseeing all day and watching penguins etc
On the farm the last few days guests have enjoyed sheep shearing And this next week is our local annual art exhibition in Waikawa with over 50 exhibits and two visiting guest artists plus a puppet group from. USA
a great event organised by our community lots happening in the Catlins even though some think it is a remote place !
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Nottingham
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2014 via mobile

I feel slightly awful only given this B&B a very good rating. It is very good indeed but we have now stayed in three quite outstanding B&Bs in New Zealand and whilst good this one is not quite up there with the very best. We were made very welcome , had a nice large room with excellent shower room and breakfast was good. It is on a farm and very remote so there will inevitably be some trade offs. We enjoyed a visit to the sheep shearing at the next farm after breakfast before we left. The Niagara Falls restaurant nearby is very good and the penguins and dolphins easy to see. I would definitely stay here again if we ever came to the Catlins again. With good weather as we had it is the most beautiful place.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Quebec City, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2014

We got to the B&B after driving all day. We had a warm welcome by June and Murray on this cold rainy day. After sharing my passion for Merino wool with June (empty my luggage to show her myMerino collection), we took the time to share a bottle of wine. We were going out for dinner, but we were concerned about driving at night. Without hesitation Murray volunteer to drive us to the restaurant. What a nice gesture from him. Too bad we could not stayed longer and did not have enough time to visit the farm. A perfect place to relax after a long day.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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England
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78 reviews
38 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2013

We had a tremendous welcome from Murray and June: it more like staying with friends than as guests in a B & B. We were welcomed with cups of tea and cake and then a glass of wine each evening before we went out for a meal. We had a lovely spacious room with views of the garden and it’s own outside sitting area. The breakfasts were very good with a wide variety of choices. The Farmstay is located in an isolated spot and there is not much choice of places to eat but was a great base to explore the Catlins with helpful advice from the hosts.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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catlinsfarmstay, Owner at Catlins Farmstay B&B, responded to this review, 18 December 2013
Yes this is a special place in fact last nights guests visited the yellow eyed penguins and saw 5 . since they are nesting this was amazing to veiw them on the fossil forest at curio bay
So pleased you enjoyed your stay at our place it is very relaxing and an oasis away from the coast which is actually only 10 mins drive so handy to the endangered wild life such as the Hector's dolphins and the yellow eyed penguins ..the Catlins is a great place
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2013

Whilst we were staying June and Murray had some friends visiting them. They invited us to join them in the evenings and we all got on very well. (We all met up a few days later for coffee in Arrowtown). Our room was very comfortable and clean. Breakfast was very good - set us up for the day. June and Murray gave us some ideas about where to go for the day and reserved us a table at the local Niagara Falls Cafe on the evening we arrived, which was much appreciated.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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, Owner at Catlins Farmstay B&B, responded to this review, 12 May 2013
it was great that we were going to arrowtown at the same time as you both for the autumn festival and pleased you enjoyed our friends as well thanks for a nice time
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2013

We stayed here because we wanted to find out something about New Zealand farming. We could not have done better. Murray is the farmer and his wife June runs the b&b business. June awas out when we arrived but Murray was happy to rustle up tea and cakes and answer a lot of ignorant questions about farming. We had an excellent but very early at the only local restaurant two kilometres away. When we returned there was another couple of guests from Austria, June's step mother and of course June and Muray making a fascinating party both instructive and amusing.
The lodging arrangements were comfortable complete with good quality bathrobes, face flannels and towels. Breakfast was personally and well cooked by June. After breakfast June drove us and the other guests round the farm explaining how things worked.
This place was definitely one of the high lights of our holiday.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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, Owner at Catlins Farmstay B&B, responded to this review, 12 May 2013
thanks for the kind words yes we are definately country people with a wealth of experience in farming and being born and bred in this area gives us local knowledge of all the interesting and historic places to visit around the south coast of nz
Meals and coffee at Niagara Falls cafe are very good, we are pleased we live only 2 km away !
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Additional Information about Catlins Farmstay B&B

Property: Catlins Farmstay B&B
Address: 174 Progress Valley Rd, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region
Hotel Style:
Ranked #31 of 87 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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