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“Homewood Bay is close to Heaven”
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Homewood Bay Lodge
Reviewed 25 March 2014

Homewood: this NZ vacation paradise, nestled on a mountainside overlooking a scenic expanse of Pelorus Sound (at the northern tip of the South Island) is a sensory delight: the interior of the house is a masterful construction of red and silver beech, western cedar, and Douglas fir; the furnishings are impeccable, the meals exquisite, the hospitality superb. This is not one of the best B&B's in the world; it is THE best. The owners, Nori and Dallas Hemphill, are joyful, knowledgeable, and kind. My wife and I have travelled throughout the world and our experiences at Homewood have fast become our favorite.

Our favorite memories include harvesting green-lipped mussels, star-gazing, hiking to the nearby Karaka Island and Mary's Bay, viewing a 1000 year old Kahikatea tree, and learning about Ouokaha Island, famous in Maori lore as a prison site established by Te Rauparaha.

The bedrooms are spacious, nicely appointed, and quiet. In fact, if serenity, calm and quiet are your cuppa, this is the perfect place for reading, contemplating, writing, painting or just being. Every ten paces is a Kodak moment or a memory to be cherished.

Room Tip: Every room has a great view of the bay.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 May 2013

My wife and I spent 5 amazing days at Homewood Bay Lodge. As we set off that fifth day, watching the red roofed Homewood recede in the distance and waving to Dallas and Nori (the lovely owners), we started making plans for how we could get back. This was a perfect get away for two people who really needed a get away - a relaxing, visually stunning, spiritually renewing adventure. From the moment we arrived and looked out of our bedroom window at the dramatic and relatively undiscovered Pelorus Sound, we felt relaxed and right at home. Nori and Dallas were such wonderful hosts, such wonderful and generous people - we were well taken care of and enjoyed getting to know this kind and generous couple. We ate well (green lip muscles!), drank well, and slept well. My wife and I enjoyed an amazing sunset hike, caught fish from the dock, and took a guided hike to homewood peak where we took in the 360 view. New Zealand is an amazing country, and Homewood Bay is an amazing place. We'll be back!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 October 2012

We returned to Homewood for a second visit last week, and our second trip lived up to our first! Again our every request was accommodated, and the host/hostess as pleasant as before. We hiked, collected scallops, and enjoyed the open bar. :) Again we renewed our souls, feeling like we truly got away from the chaos that can infringe on our lives. We will return!

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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NZ_travelSTAR, Guest Relations Manager at Homewood Bay Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2012

Thank you so much for visiting us again--we can't wait for you to return and try even more new activities!

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Reviewed 26 March 2012

My husband and I stayed in December 2011 and were immediately in awe of the location. If you are looking for a stay in a serene part of the sounds, this is it. It is intimate, tucked away in the hills overlooking the sounds. You really feel like the only ones around. The hosts are some of the most gracious people we've ever met. The meals were made according to our dietary restrictions and because meals were served in the dining room of the house, you really felt 'at home' even in such a spacious, luxurious place. The home is away from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding towns and Chris from Pelorus sound taxi gave us a great history lesson on the area on our way to and from the home.

The rooms are immaculately clean and well decorated. The bed is huge and comfortable. We regretted our short stay - we hope to be back to enjoy the surroundings and mostly the hospitality again! It rained during our stay so we have yet to enjoy the many activities offered in the area. A stay at Homewood is well worth the boat trip over!

Room Tip: The Pohutukawa Suite has a sweeping view of the sound. But not to worry, once you book the lodge, y...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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NZ_travelSTAR, Guest Relations Manager at Homewood Bay Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2012

Thank you ChefUzma! We appreciate the kind words and hope you'll be able to make it again sometime for a longer trip and more exploration of the beautiful Marlborough Sounds!

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Reviewed 23 January 2012

We felt so at home with the host/hostess at Homewood - our every request was accommodated. It was the perfect escape from our busy lives - we loved the solitude and privacy. My husband craves a true escape from his busy life, and we found it at Homewood. The surroundings are gorgeous - we hiked, biked, and finally felt like we really got away from it all. We will absolutely return! Thank you!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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NZ_travelSTAR, Guest Relations Manager at Homewood Bay Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2012

We're so glad you were able to get away for a little R&R--we agree that the Sounds are the ideal place to leave your worries behind!

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Additional Information about Homewood Bay Lodge

Address: Pelorus Sound, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #46 of 86 Speciality Lodging in Marlborough Region
Price Range: RM2,614 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Homewood Bay Lodge offers luxury accommodation in a unique setting featuring solitude and anonymity in the Marlborough Sounds amidst a private nature reserve. Enjoy breathtaking views and exclusive use of the 1100 acre reserve with its 4 miles of waterfront. Solitude and relaxation are at your disposal. Discretion is assured.The Lodge offers three luxury guest suites, with superb vistas of the Sound. All meals are included, paired with featured wines of the famous Marlborough wine region.The Lodge has no road access, and instead is reached only by boat, floatplane, or helicopter. There is excellent cell phone coverage and complimentary internet access. The experiences available at Homewood encompass a wide range, from relaxing on the deck with a book all the way to physical water- and land-based activities: you can be as active or inactive as you choose! ... more   less 

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