Tucked away a few minutes from town is this amazing old villa with immaculate grounds, scenic country views of the quiet farmland and the warmest hosts I have ever met. Alan and Cath were just fantastic and made me feel very welcome as they showed me around the grounds, and their warm smiles said it all. They enjoy sharing stories and are genuinely interested in helping you enjoy all the Oak Lodge has to offer.
Every morning, a breakfast of beautiful fruit, freshly picked from their garden helped me wake up to the day. Every evening was just as relaxing with welcoming finger-food, hinting at what was to come. Every meal trumped the previous night's meal, and I was treated to the most exquisite food I have ever had. The flavours far exceeded my expectations and I am still amazed at the generous servings that came with equally engaging conversation. You can taste the passion Alan and Cath put into preparing meals you can 'experience'.
The formal dining room and sitting rooms were very well presented, and the rooms with en-suites were very clean and welcoming.
I often found myself wandering through the grounds, enjoying the serene atmosphere, the songs of the birds and an orange from the orchard.
Many thanks Alan and Cath for the experience, I look forward to coming back to New Zealand and the Oak Lodge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oak Lane Lodge is an expansive 100 year old villa and is at the end of a spectacular 600m tree lined driveway. It is set amongst 3.5 hectares of mature gardens and magnificent 100 year old Oak, Copper Beech, Chestnut and Cork trees. It is situated in the peaceful, tranquil rural area of the Waikato dairy farming industry and we are centrally located to all Waikato & Bay of Plenty towns. By car we are:• 60 minutes from Tauranga and the Pacific Coast• 70 minutes to Rotorua • 25 minutes from Hamilton• 20 minutes to Cambridge and Matamata• 90 minutes from Auckland International airport. Accommodation at The Lodge is Qualmark 4 star plus and consists of three well appointed Guest Rooms, each with private en-suite. Full Breakfast is included in the tariff. The lodge has two lounges, formal dining room, library and a sunroom which leads into a courtyard for alfresco dining & BBQ area. We also have a salt water swimming pool, a great selection of challenging outdoor pursuits available, such as archery, clay bird shooting, croquet, or you can take a relaxing stroll amongst the gardens and the magnificent stand of 100 year old trees. ... more less
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