This is a beautifully designed lodge which has been purpose built by the owners in a stunning location. Lorraine and Bill are very generous and lovely hosts – there are many places where you arrive and are told “make yourself at home” but not many such as this where it really feels like you absolutely could do that – the whole lodge is designed so that you feel you can kick off your shoes and truly have the run of the place.
There are 3 rooms, all with stunning views to a beautiful beach and the mountains on the other side of the water. Lovely touches such as a fridge outside the room with milk, cookies etc, but also where you could leave provisions. You’re encouraged to bring dinner back and have it on your deck if you don’t fancy a drive out to a restaurant, and we did that one night and it was a lovely change from going out (especially as we are on a long trip).
Breakfasts were excellent, and one day we went fishing and Bill (expertly) filleted the fish and Lorraine cooked it beautifully and we all shared dinner. Lorraine also bakes the most amazing cakes! One of the nicest and most generous places we have stayed at in New Zealand, and would thoroughly recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking a safe sandy beach with panoramic views of the ocean and islands. away from the crowds but close enough to enjoy fine dining in Whitianga. Wander secluded beaches, enjoy a walk in our forests or chill out with a trip down the coast to take in Cathedral Cove. Bring a picnic home to have in the garden, watching the waves where dolphins are often seen playing. We have a choice of 3 double rooms and a twin, all with a view. ... more less
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