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“Lovely cottage with good luck!”
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Ribbonwood Retreat
Ranked #1 of 5 Franz Josef B&B and Inns
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Hong Kong
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14 reviews
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“Lovely cottage with good luck!”
Reviewed 17 December 2011

My wife and I stayed at Baumann glacier room during our vist to Franz Josef. The cottage is a two storied house and can host 6 people with spacious living area and lovely bath and shower. There is also a lovely stand alone cottage which can hold up to 3 people. The view of the snow capped mountian and glacier from our window is stunning. The bed is very comfortable and the breakfast is delicious with home grown staff and cooked eggs and bacon. Our host Jo is kind and also a very cool wild life ranger with lots of knowledge of local animals and vegetation. He helped us to book the glacier helihike tour months before our trip. We were very lucky that most of the glacier tours got canceled before and after our helihike, due to the rain storm. However our trip squeezed into the brief sunshine and the view up in the glacier was breathtaking.

Thank you very much Jo, and we had a very nice time in Franz Josef.

  • Stayed December 2011
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Reviewed 5 December 2011

Hospitality, friendly host, great breakfast, great cottage, great views...perfect!

  • Stayed November 2011
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Reviewed 29 November 2011

We only had one night in Franz Joseph - but we thoroughly enjoyed our time here. The cottage is spacious and more than met our needs. Some lovely touches - fruit loaf and biscuity on our arrival. Lots of helpful local knowledge and the next day, a wonderful cooked breakfast. When we get back to NZ we will make a point of staying here again.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Providence, Rhode Island, United States
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Reviewed 10 November 2011

We visited during World Cup Rugby traveling and stayed two nights in the delightful cabin. The location is beautiful and convenient. Julie and Jo thought of everything for our comfort. They are knowledgeable about the area and prepared great food. While they value wonderful indoor spaces, they truly have a passion for the outdoors.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Jonathan C, Owner at Ribbonwood Retreat, responded to this review, 17 November 2011
Thanks for your review Audie. It is because of guests like you that we love being hosts to people who appreciate our knowledge, as well as sharing our home and environment with visitors to New Zealand.
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Hobart, Australia
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Reviewed 5 November 2011

We were upgraded to the cabin which was a lovely gesture. Very spacious, clean, comfortable and magnificent views of the mountains. Our hosts were very caring, friendly and attentive. Jo and Julie were more than happy to share their knowledge about the area and environment. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay which included delicious fruit pancakes for breakfast and baked goodies in our cabin. We really felt at home and at one with the surroundings. Thank you Jo and Julie for sharing your beautiful corner of the world with us.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Poole, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 September 2011

We stayed 2 nights at Ribbonwood Retreat while visiting franz Josef glacier and Rugby World Cup travelling. Jo, the owner, looked after us from the moment we arrived and was a wonderful host throughtout our stay - great home-cooked breakfast as well as helpful tips and advice and a really useful pack of road info when we left that helped make the journey afterwards really memorable. Very comfortable beds, lovely shower and fabulous views. Only 5 minutes into town and had the advantage that we weren't bothered by helicopters overhead which we understood town places suffer from. A great place to stay and a charming host - we fully recommend this place.

Room Tip: Whole top floor worked well for us as a family
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 26 July 2011

We stayed in the Cabin and we really enjoyed it.
Loved the heated bathroom floor.
The knowledge of our host's was of a very high standard

Room Tip: Must do the 1 hour walk around Lake Matteson +++
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ribbonwood Retreat
Address: 26 Greens Road, 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:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Ribbonwood Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Ribbonwood B & B - a haven for nature lovers. Sleep deeply, breathing fresh clean air! Hosts Jonathan, a wildlife ranger and Julie, international school teacher are experts on history and ecology of the glacier region. We are passionate hikers and bird watchers who can show you the best places to visit. ... more   less 
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