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Review of Glenfern Villas Franz Josef

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Glenfern Villas Franz Josef
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“fantastic owners!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2009

Exceptional service given the misfortune of having missed our bus leaving town (once a day). We were ready, but waiting in our villa as it was raining. When the bus didn't see anyone at the office, it left!
Unnecessary but very appreciated kindness by the owners: immediately taking us into town to chase the bus so that we could stay on the planned itinerary. We were truly moved and so very grateful.

Our 1bdrm villa was lovely, clean, and very comfortable. Everything was provided and it was nice to eat "at home" in a real kitchen.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank acwLosAngeles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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hertfordshire
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47 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2009

Our main reason for staying in Franz Josef was of course the glacier hike so we just needed somewhere comfortable to spend a night. We arrived at glenfern villas which is about 5 mins drive from the main town and found a very friendly reception. Our one bedroom villa was fantastic and spacious with lounge/kitchen, seperate double bedroom and large wetroom. We also had a parking space by our villa. We were travelling with 2 friends who were sleeping in their camper van but reception kindly let them come into our villa for dinner etc (the most beautiful cat called tiger lives at glenfern too!).

The franz josef glacier hike was just an amazing experience! You must do this. The town is very very small, more of a village with a few restaurants. We drove on to fox glacier the next day to do our skydive and if you are thinking of doing one you must do it here! Nowhere better in the world!

We loved glenfern and would recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank sophie1986
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Copenhagen
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17 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2009

we planned to stay one night but ended up extending to two-- we stayed in a one bedroom unit-- good amenties and gracious hosts. Wifi internet not the cheapest, but not absurd either. We would return for sure.

Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Madrid, Spain
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113 reviews
76 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2009

We were warmly welcomed by a guy from Czech Republic, who gave us good advice on where to go for dinner. The villas are nice, the heater warms the whole villa nicely, and the views are cracking! It´s a 3 minute drive to downtown (small town anyways), very convenient and easy to find.

  • Stayed June 2009, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank jgr83
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australia
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151 reviews
79 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2009

We had a 1 bedroom villa. Excellent with everything we could possibly want – well, except for the views but that was beyond management’s ability to provide (we were unlucky enough to be in Franz Josef when it rained – read torrential - 24 hours non-stop). Owners were very helpful particularly after terribly stormy night when there was no hot water. They got straight out and organised a generator so guests could shower. Would love to go back and experience the full beauty of the location.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank oztraveller52
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Hertfordshire
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2009

Received a lovely warm welcome when arrived and benefited from good local knowledge. Accommodation of a high standard and facilities great, with wonderful view from the living room. Would have really liked to have stayed longer but schedule didn't allow. Would have no hesitation in stopping here again. Free Wi-Fi an added bonus.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Abbots_Langley09
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Singapore
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55 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2009

Glenfern Villa was a part of our New Zealand Itinerary and a beautiful property with wonderful hosts...

The property is a little away from the city centre(which is a cluster of 15 buildings in all) but is really locely with its beautiful cottages with sitting area outside. Each cottage is self sufficient with a kitchenette and has a large living room with a little cosy bedroom.

The hosts are extremely helpful and we had a great stay. Would recommend to all who are looking at Franz Josef as a part of the itineary. Incidentally I think nobody should miss Franz Josef in their NZ Itinerary

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  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Travelbuff-Ind
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Additional Information about Glenfern Villas Franz Josef

Property: Glenfern Villas Franz Josef
Address: State Highway 6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7952, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Glenfern Villas Franz Josef 4.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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