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“Class and Character”
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Shady Rest
Ranked #1 of 10 Takaka B&B and Inns
Reviewed 24 December 2013

We stayed here to recuperate after walking the Abel Tasman track and it did the trick! Shady Rest has fabulous warmth and character without being over the top. Mark is a wonderful host and made us two beautiful breakfasts. We enjoyed the outdoor bath and the comfortable bed and enjoyed the luxurious feel of the place. A wonderful, wonderful stay.

Room Tip: We chose the TLC room because of the air bath. It is fabulous.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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takaka66, Owner at Shady Rest, responded to this reviewResponded 1 January 2014

Thanks for your kind words and appreciation. It was a pleasure to have you stay and to know that i helped to make your trip to Golden Bay a good one! I Look forward to seeing again Happy New Year. Mark

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Reviewed 3 May 2013

We had booked a night at the Shady Rest before going on the Heaphy Track but unfortunately bad weather threw our plans into disarray. Thankfully, Mark and his great team were there to help out and they were most accommodating and flexible. We ended up there for 3 nights. Treated like a part of the family. A real home away from home. Great rooms and fantastic value. Worth going back to Takaka just to stay at the Shady. Thanks.

Room Tip: they are all good rooms
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 April 2013

We stayed here with Mark for two nights, and could have (and almost did!) cancel our travel to Christchurch and stayed for two more nights. Of all the reviews we recently submitted of our honeymoon journey through NZ, this was the best one. For originality, completely different from any other B&B, the architectural design and the welcome we received at all hours.

I will admit, Takaka is out of the way from everything except natural wonders. So if you are looking for shops and stores to browse, this is the wrong place. If you want to experience authentic NZ, stay here. We did a day in Abel Tasman, and an evening in Wharariki Beach and the Archway Islands west of the "more visited" cape farewell. BREATHTAKING and worth the drive past Collingwood. Possibly the most beautiful sight we have ever seen. We spent a few hours near sunset there, with the seal pups and completely alone. WOW.

Back to the B&B! It is a restored doctors residence as the reviews and website state. And Mark did amazing work on it. Each room is unique, and we got a tour of the other areas of the house. He made a wonderful and large breakfast each morning with organic and local ingredients, and plenty of coffee. We enjoyed socializing and he always invites you down if you wish. We had a great evening one night with the other guests out on his back porch.

There is nothing wrong with this place. It is absolutely lovely. Felt like home. Oh and the shower and tub!!!! WOW!! We stayed in the Spa suite. Highly recommended. And by the way, the bed was super comfortable :)

Go there and enjoy your stay.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Ashley_ducky
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

We first planned to stay in Shady Rest for two nights. But the first evening we decided to stay one night longer. At the third night we didn't want to pack for the other day, so we asked Mark (the owner) again if we could stay one night longer. Mark told us a lot of things to do in and near Takaka. Our room was very big,luxurious and clean. Every morning Mark treatet us on a great breakfast in his lovely garden. After 4 nights we left to continue our roundtrip on the southern island of New Zealand. Back home we're still thinking about our great stay in Shady Rest. Thanks a lot Mark.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank DominiqueHenk
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Reviewed 4 March 2013

Golden Bay seems to be a place apart from the rest of the country, with a style and pace of life that is a throwback to happier days. Shady Rest, run in a laid-back fashion by UK expat Mark, fits in perfectly. We arrived to find the front door open and the house completely empty. Lying near the door was a mobile phone with a number to contact Mark who was not in town but directed us to meet Janice who lives next door and enthusiastically showed us round the rooms. We picked a wood-panelled ground floor room which was vast and very comfortable indeed and where we spent two very happy nights.

When Mark arrived, he turned out to be an engaging and helpful guy who could not do enough for us. A pot of tea and cakes was produced, we were invited to make free use of his Mac and, when I could not get a signal on my phone, to use his own phone on which, he assured us, he had a deal which meant we could even ring the UK if we wanted. What a host.

Whatever we needed to know, Mark was on hand to help. When we had a spare day, he marked up a map for us with interesting beaches and sights which gave us a great day out.

We ate so well both nights at a restaurant which he recommended that we did not have much room for breakfast on either day but I’ll bet his cooked breakfasts are really good – certainly, the fresh fruit was brilliantly prepared and coffee and toast were top-notch.

An unexpected and excellent spot.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 February 2013

We had a lovely time at Shady Rest over the New Year. It was the perfect place to base ourselves in Golden Bay and proved a lovely place to take refuge when we experienced some crazy weather. The hosts were lovely, responsive, and great company with which to ring in the New Year. Highly recommended!

Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 January 2013

Mark was so helpful during our stay at Takaka. He helped us with organising our sea kayaking trip and made a great recommendation for a visit to a lovely beach. The room was vast, welcoming and very comfortable. The attention to detail at the Shady Rest is very evident. The breakfast was great and Mark even gave us a lift to a restaurant in Takaka he recommended where the owner gave us a lift home afterwards! It is really worth going to Takaka to experience the slower pace of Kiwi life and Mark as a host couldn't have been more friendly and accommodating.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: 139 Commercial Street | Golden Bay, Takaka 7110, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Golden Bay > Takaka
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Takaka
Price Range: £64 - £97 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Shady Rest is an early 20th century art nouveau doctors residence set amongst mature native trees 5 minutes walk from the centre of Takaka township. This lovely old house has been renovated and is now a luxury Bed and Breakfast establishment with five double rooms and a single room, all rooms (except the single which has a king single bed) have super kingsize latex beds . 3 Are ensuite and 3 have their own private bathrooms . There is a courtyard at the rear of the house with a barbecue and a pizza oven. There is also an out door bath in a private little grotto . I ultimately try and create a homely atmosphere where guests are able to fully relax and make themselves at home . Having free range of the house including the kitchen and lounge areas as well as the laundry room. A nicely prepared breakfast is served between seven and ten am but this is also flexible if required. A continental breakfast with fresh fruit ,cereals , eggs and toast is included. A full cooked English style breakfast is also available. Located in Takaka township gives walking access to restaurants and bars in the town has and is central to all the activities that Golden Bay has to offer.We can arrange and book all of the tours and rentals that you may require to make your experience of Golden Bay fulfilled and memorable. ... more   less 
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