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Holly Homestead B&B
Ranked #2 of 5 Franz Josef B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

We recently stayed at Holly Homestead and Bernie and Gerard could not have been more welcoming. The house is beautiful, warm and extremely clean. Bernie welcomed us with drinks and snacks on arrival and then in the morning a buffet and home cooked breakfast was waiting. Bernie is a wealth of knowledge on the local area and wildlife which was very interesting. We would highly recommend Holly Homestead as the place to stay in Franz Joseph

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

"Nomen est Omen"... The B&B's name is more than an indication, its a promise! You are looking for a gem in a historic house, a charming room furnished with mindful care, a cosy bed, a beautiful bathroom with nicely selected toileteries, a focus on environmental friendly hospitality and that all kept spotlessly clean? Then Holly Homestead is the place to chose... Add hosts Bernie and Gerald that give you all the attention and hospitality you could only wish for - and would normally only get from close family - and you will charish the place as if it were a castle.

We have travelled a fair share and were fortunate being able to stay in many wonderful hotels and residences across the globe, but all of them would find it hard to compete with Bernie and Gerald and their beautiful home. Returning back from an active day, we were welcomed with a drink and personalized recommendations where to dine and what could be done next. After a refreshing shower in the astonishingly beautiful bathroom using the carefully selected toileteries we were ready to head for a great meal. Bernie even offered us to provide a lift into town and fetch us again to allow for a drink at dinner. Upon return we were welcomed with a glas of Port as a Good Night cap on the way to bed. In case your partner happens to snore, no issue either as Bernie has some earplugs ready at the beadside.
Breakfast is Gerald's domain and it is fair to say that we were offered the richest and most nicely prepared dishes we were served in a B&B anywhere in the world.
We highly recommend you to make this your HOME at Franz Josef. You will not be disappointed.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

Warm welcome from the hosts with good advice about the options for activities and eating in the local area. Rooms very well appointed and with excellent bathrooms. Its on the outskirts of the town which was good for us but might be less convenient if you don't have your own transport. Would certainly recommend it to anyone passing through Franz Josef on a quick stop.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

The hosts were incredibly friendly and accommodating and made us feel welcome as soon as we walked through the door. The breakfast was a friendly affair with freshly made bread, jams and fruit salads as well as plenty of choices from the cooked food menu.
The rooms are well presented and comfortable with lovely views from all Windows. I would truly recommend this as a stop over for anyone during their time in New Zealand

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 May 2013

A really lovely place to stay. The room was very nice and spotlessly clean. The toiletries were great and the chocolate in the room a nice touch. Bernie was very helpful in every respect and we really enjoyed our breakfast here, as well as the drinks and home made biscuits. A really thoughtful touch was the list of places to see on the road to Wanaka (our next destination). Definitely a great place to stay in Franz Josef

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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 May 2013

We pulled into the parking lot of the Holly Homestead after a very long day of driving from Nelson. Bernie met us at the door with a warm smile and offer of a glass of wine, and that was only the beginning! She is a great hostess -- taking the time to sit with us and helping us to outline our time in Franz Josef, from hikes to restaurants and more. The home is charming and the room (and lovely refurbished bathroom) was lovely. Breakfast was first rate, with Gerard cooking eggs and bacon to order and Bernie serving her home baked bread and all of the other wonderful breakfasty foods at the beautifully set dining table. Highly recommend this comfortable B and B!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 April 2013

Me and my boyfriend stayed at the Holly Homestead for one night before our heli Hike at Franz Josef. We arrived late and were overwhelmed by the hospitality displayed by Bernie. We were shown to our beautiful room that had perfect views of the mountains and joined other guests the next morning at breakfast where we were treated to a feast by Gerrard. Bernie provided us with a list of places to stop when we travelled further South and cleaned our windscreen without even a mention. I would highly recommend this beautiful, homely B&B and my only regret is that we didn't stay here longer.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Holly Homestead B&B

Address: 2900 Franz Josef Highway, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Franz Josef
Price Range: £141 - £203 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Holly Homestead B&B 4.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boutique B&B : This colonial homestead whispers history. Originally constructed from beautiful native timber in 1926, now tenderly refurbished staying true to the Arts & Crafts style of architecture. Start your day early with a panoramic view of the Franz Josef neve from the breakfast table. Go exploring at your own pace and come home to a glacial sunset, a glass of port in the guest lounge and a welcoming bed. Age restriction: children 12+ welcome. ... more   less 
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