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.
- 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