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Glenfern Villas Franz Josef
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Holland
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22 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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“Very good stay at the villa”
Reviewed 31 January 2010

We stayed at the 2 bedroom villa and it was very good. There is a lot of space and everything is very clean. It is nice that the villa's are a few km from the towncenter of Franz Josef because it is very busy in the town. We had a little inconvience because of the farmer who milk his cows very early.......
The owners are very friendly and hospitable.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 January 2010

Well, we do not have any glacial memories of FRJ as both the days when we were there, it was foggy till ground level with extremely low visibility. In that weather, thr was nothing much to do, but Glenferns did not disappoint. Fully equipped, we were alloted a villa with view, which hardly mattered in the fog. Host took good care and overall a decent place to stay

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 January 2010

A little out of the township, you'll need a car to go out to get something to eat unless you prepare food in your own room (which we did a mix of both)

Excellent villas with lovely views of the mountains in the vacinity of the glazier. A room fot the kids upsatairs ann a room for us downstairs. Well appointed kitched area and very comfortable lounge area where you can sit and take in the views.

Very relaxing stay and glad we chose it instead of staying in town. Very friendly hosts. Undercover parking at each villa.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 January 2010

The villas were great, very spacious. The staff was very welcoming and helpful. They went out of their way to make sure our stay was enjoyable. The only problem that we encountered during our stay: bees. There was a big group of bees congregating near the roofs of one of the villas, and they had come into our villas repeatedly. Aside from the bee problem, the stay was perfectly enjoyable.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled with family
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Franzvillas, Owner at Glenfern Villas Franz Josef, responded to this review, 12 January 2010
Dear delindaa,
Thank you for writing to trip advisor, commenting on your stay with us at Glenfern Villas. It has been a pleasure catering for you. We are happy to hear that you had an enjoyable stay. The bee problem was very unfortunate and one of those freak things that happens out of the blue. The day after you left we got an exterminator in and I am happy to say the problem is solved. We do apologise for the inconvenience that this has caused and hope to welcome to Glenfern again in the future. Kind regards, Wendy & Marcel Fekkes
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Reviewed 6 January 2010

We just returned from a 3 night stay at the Glenfern. We choose this place as a family of five after reading the reviews here on Trip Advisor. Boy am I glad we did!

The staff was very friendly. Check in went smoothy and our 2 bedroom villa was clean and well appointed. The beds were clean and the bathroom was fine. Be aware that there is only one bathroom to share.

We paid for the breakfast and it is delivered to you between 6-8 pm the night before. We had cereals, eggs that we prepared the next morning in the kitchen, and toast.

The villas are a short drive to the main area of town. We were given a helpful map on check in and the staff went over the area on the map with us, pointing out the restaurants and shops and the glacier.

The Villas have a bocce ball "court" and a trampoline for the kids' use. Our kids loved to burn off steam on the trampoline. They also have a small selection of board games to take back to your villa, if wanted. There is not laundry in the villa, but there is a laundry room on site.

Overall this is a great place for families. We would definitely stay here again. Beautiful area and very nice villas!

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with family
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California
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Reviewed 28 December 2009

Our villa was clean, modern, comfy, and very spacious. We had a nice deck and parking right next to the villa. We had a great view of the mountains out our bedroom window. The villas are a quick two minute drive into town. The staff was very helpful and provided great dining and activity suggestions.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank AniseCA
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Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2009

Be warned, Fanz Josef has an average rainfall of somewhere between 5 and 7 metres a year (depending which guidbook you believe). when we spent 3 days there in December it rained the whole time. This meant we could not do the Heli-hike which we were really looking forward to. Nonetheless, the Quad biking in the rain was heaps of fun and was rated by our 3 boys as one of the highlights of our trip.
All that rain meant we spent more time in the villas than we would have liked. We had a 2 bedroom villa which only had one bathroom and was not that large for a family of 5. It was reasonably furnished. We ended up using the DVD quite a bit and these are available from the front desk for a relatively pricey $5 each.
Franz Josef is a one street place so we found the villas being a 2 mins drive out of town was actually quite nice and not that inconvenient (unless you drink too much at dinner). These villas are a bit more expensive than most other places there but from a quick perusal of the other places they are nicer than most. In summary, if you are staying at Franz Josef, then these villas are your best bet.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled with family
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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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