My husband and I spent two nights at Ribbonwood Retreat. Joe and Julie built this house and it is obviously first and foremost a family home. The furnishings are sparse but quite comfortable. The wood burning fire made the living room, which we had total access to at all times, very warm and toasty. Joe was alone until Christmas as Julie was teaching in Christchurch. Yes, he did ask us the not wear our shoes in the house, but, unlike other commentators, we did not feel that this was an imposition. We stayed in the lower level bedroom with a hall bath. The whole area was separated from the rest of the house so we had plenty of privacy any time we needed. Joe had all varieties of cereals and fruits for us and also made eggs for my husband. We spent a lovely time with him chatting and learning about Franz Josef. If we ever get back to Franz Josef, we would stay here again.
- 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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