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Holly Homestead B&B
Ranked #2 of 5 Franz Josef B&B and Inns
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Teaneck, New Jersey
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Great Venue in a beautiful area”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

Lovely B&B with a spacious, very comfortable room with a spectacular view of the mountains. Hosts were terrific in serving a great breakfast and helping us arrange tours. Also going above and beyond the call of duty to help us with laundry and the extra treat of drying outdoors. You can’t help but enjoy your stay.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 5 May 2014 via mobile

We can't say enough about this lovely accommodation! Bernie and Jared were excellent hosts. They Have a great room on the main floor where you can sit at the fireplace, enjoy a book , and have a drink. Or, you can go hang out on the balcony and watch the sunset! The rooms are on the second floor of the home. we were really impressed by the large room and great views. Also, Jared cooked up a delicious breakfast! We learned a lot from staying there. We would definitely recommend this! It's a little bit up the road from the main village, but we actually appreciated that.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 May 2014

This house is very well decorated with many traditional features. The rooms are well appointed and immaculately clean. The complimentary glass of port in the evening in front of the log fire was a nice touch. I concur with a previous reviewer that it would have been nicer to have been able to have a cup of tea in bed in the morning so having the makings downstairs precluded this. However this us a very small issue. The breakfasts were superb with an excellent choice of fruit, cereal and cooked eggs etc

Bernies advice on the local attractions was also helpful and she goes out of her way to offer advice. If you are looking for a warm welcome for a stay in Glacierland, you won't go wrong with Holly Homestead.

Room Tip: The rooms to the left of the house gave a great view of the sun rising over the mountains beyond. Th...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reno, Nevada
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75 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2014

Our visit to this B&B began with a glass of wine with Bernie in the living room. She is so very knowledgeable about all the attractions in the area. After our help-hike the next day she gave us towels and directed us to the hot pools near town. Both restaurants she described well turned out to have wonderful food. In the morning while looking out at the mountain vista Gerard served us a yummy breakfast. We spent 2 nights here and had the large room in the back of the house. It's sitting room was complete with refrigerator, sink, and an electric pot for coffee, tea, etc. As we were leaving Bernie handed us a list of places we could stop and explore on our way to Queenstown. She had the mileage between stops down perfectly with an estimate of how long to stay at each destination. What really put this B&B over the top is that Bernie did our laundry for us while we were at dinner. Bless you, Bernie, for going the extra mile.

Room Tip: The one in the back has a beautiful claw foot tub as well as separate shower.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sherborne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

The house is a lovely old building with lovely gardens. The bedrooms are roomy and comfortable. Bernie is very helpful, including carrying my bags. My only small grouse is that you have to go to the kitchen to get a cup of tea, not great if you ant to go back to bed with it. Gerard cooks the breakfast. Good base if explring the glacier.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

Steve and I { from christcurch } stayed at the Holly Homestead for one night after our glacier trek. It's fabulous. The grand homestead is set on rural land but still only minutes from the township and the Hot Pools. It is beautifully restored to the finest quality . There are great views of the landscape and horses in the paddocks . The dinning room has a picture post card window showing off the Glacier, what a great view to take in over a yummy breakfast! . Bernie has copies of the local restaurants menus and full of helpful information . I think overseas visitors would love this gem of a place to experience a bit of New Zealand history and to meet a great NZ couple who are fabulous hosts. This place can't be faulted for location , the warm welcome , lovely bathroom goodies and cleanliness. I feel proud as a New Zealander that many international travels will take away a bit of Kiwi heart from their experience there.
Many thanks Bernie and Gerard

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London, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2014

The house is stunning - a time warp back to the 20s/30s with fabulous rooms and bathroom to match. We had a large free standing style bath it looked wonderful and matched the looks of the room, everyone was so friendly and so helpful I would highly recommend this hotel.

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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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