We just loved our stay here. Ian and Sarah are superb hosts - engaging, knowledgeable, funny and ... well Sarah makes the most gorgeous cakes!
Where to start? Atholwood is down a little lane, next to the Bronte gallery and very close to a vineyard! It is two minutes away from Mapau with stores and bistros - ideal. The grounds of Atholwood are gorgeous - overlooking the sea and there is a hot tub and swimming pool.
We stayed in the gatehouse - totally self contained and a wonderful little house, comfortable, quiet, and just exactly what we were looking for. We had a number of BBQs and sat outside in the sunshine and just luxuriated in our surroundings. The gatehouse is fully serviced - sheets and towels and cleaned daily by Sarah whilst Ian maintained the beautiful gardens.
Breakfast was served in the 'big' house - with Ian and Sarah's excellent company, this was a great way to start the day. We found out loads about the local area and they were happy to book trips/visits for us using their local knowledge. You can stay in the house or in an apartment with fantastic views of the bay - but we loved the gatehouse. In fact we just loved our whole stay - 4 days but would have liked to have stayed longer. It's a great location to see the whole area: Nelson, wine tours, Abel Tasman, Cape Farewell - all in easy reach and what a place to come back to at the end of a hard day having fun - heaven!! Huge thanks to Ian and Sarah for helping to make our stay absolutely perfect!
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- Atholwood Luxury Counrty Accommodation is a unique five star luxury retreat, offering you serenity in comfort and style with two B&B suites and a self-contained apartment, all with their own balconies and views over the Waimea estuary,at the entrance to the grounds is the self-contained Gatehouse cottage. Set in 2.2 Acres of park-like grounds with native trees and hidden pathways that border the estuary, and ideally situated between Nelson and the Abel Tasman National Park. ... more less
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