We didn't want to leave! We stayed at Mercury orchard recently attending a wedding at nearby Cooks Beach. Barry & Heather made us feel very welcome and were never far in case we had a question about nearby attractions or restaurants. Both cottages are surrounded by the orchard on the their property - ranging from pear, plum, mandarin, fig, apple...the birds and flowers are just awesome to wake up to. They also have some farm animals which makes it a very sustainable property - there's nothing better than eating a freshly prepared breakfast consisting of fruit from the orchard, local manuka honey & yoghurt followed by a cooked breakfast consisting of fresh free range eggs from their own chooks (cooked to order) with all the usual trimmings. Highly recommend staying here - we will certainly be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Paua Bach and Fig Tree Cottage are nestled amongst 5 acres of peaceful country gardens and orchard. Two self-contained garden cottages, country-style luxury with French doors opening out into the orchard, crisp cotton bed linen, fresh fruit, flowers and candles. Special to Paua Bach is an old fashioned outdoor bath. Watch the variety of our birdlife, smell the blossoms and flowers, listen to the wind in the old trees and explore the hidden places. Quiet and relaxing, perfect for that special anniversary or as a restful time away. The area is well known for crafts and gardens. Local activities include swimming, diving, bush walking, tramping, horse riding, fishing, kayaking, scenic boat cruises and golf. Cathedral Cove, Cooks and Hot Water Beaches are 7-8 min. drive. There are several good cafés and restaurants close by, alternatively BBQ your evening meal Kiwi style. Meet our friendly dog, kune kune pigs and chickens. ... more less