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“Ribbonwood--Highly recommended!”
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Ribbonwood Retreat
Ranked #1 of 5 Franz Josef B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Madison, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
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“Ribbonwood--Highly recommended!”
Reviewed 26 January 2014

Crispy clean, gracious hosts, beautiful property and home, convenient location--all added up to a wonderful experience at Ribbonwood in the Franz Josef area. If you have an interest in the natural history of the area, Jo is a naturalist by profession. Jo and Julie are extremely knowledgable, guided us to excellent restaurants, hikes, wildlife center, etc. Both are involved in the Kiwi restoration project (the bird, not the people!). We stayed at the adjacent cabin, a great set-up. We stayed two nights, which we highly recommend so you can see the area.

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

Our families recently stayed at Ribbonwood Retreat while visiting Franz Joseph Glacier. I can't say enough about the owners Jo and Julie…everything was perfect! The setting was peaceful and calm….with a wonderful view. The rooms were impeccably spotless, clean and comfortable. I don't think there is a better breakfast in all of NZ…the fresh baked items, eggs and fruits were spectacular. Many of the food items were grown in their garden…we just loved everything! Our only regret is that we didn't stay longer.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

My family stayed at Ribbonwood for a day in January and our visit couldn't have been nicer. The house is very spacious and clean, the property is magnificent, and Julie and Jo are fantastic hosts. We really enjoyed the very interesting conversation. My only regret is that we didn't stay longer and contact them soon for activities in/around Franz Josef. If you like B&Bs, you will love Ribbonwood Retreat.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

From the moment we stood at the front door to the moment we left Julie & Jo couldn't have been nicer. Lovely personal welcome written on a little blackboard at the front door. Beautiful home made baking, spotless and homely accommodation and very helpful with booking tours and suggesting a free ride in a stretch hummer courtesy of Blue Ice restaurant.....what could be more perfect than that?!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

Our family of 5 arrived In Franz Josef in wild and deteriorating weather, but we were greeted by Jo and Julie with a wonderful warm welcome. We had the run of the upstairs of the main house and there was plenty of room for us to spread out. The house is spotless. The breakfasts were sensational. From the freshly baked bread, to the homemade jams, yoghurt and crepes. Our hosts took great care to ask about food preferences and were very accommodating about our son's nut allergy. The weather forced the cancellation of our glacier hike, but Julie came up with loads of other suggestions. We came home drenched from walking in the rain and our hosts dried our clothes and shoes in front of the fire. Perhaps the highlight for the kids was a stretch hummer limo, arranged by Julie, to take us to dinner in town. Ribbonwood is about 5km out of the township of Franz Josef, however this wasn't an issue because we had a car. The location is so peaceful and the view so stunning - it was also nice being away from the bustle of the township. I'd highly recommend Ribbonwood - and we will def go back - we've got to get up that glacier!

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 10 January 2014

This B&B is by far the best my husband and I have stayed in, and we've stayed in B&Bs all over the U.S., as well as Europe. It is so clean you could eat off the floor; neat, and has beautiful rooms with a view of the mountains. Our hosts Jon & Vickie were very friendly, helpful, and extremely nice. We highly recommend it for travelers, because it feels like home away from home.
Melinda

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

From the moment we arrived and saw a sign to welcome us and smelled the bread baking we felt at home. Julie and Jo are such lovely, kind people, were lovely to chat to and nothing was too much bother.
The food was delicious and the house is spotless. It was a treat to stay somewhere so clean.
I would highly recommend staying here to anyone in wanting to stay round there. Wonderful!
Thank you so much, Julie and Jo.
Helena Mackevych.

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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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