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Atholwood Luxury Country Accommodation
Ranked #1 of 3 Bronte B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 23 March 2017

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!

Room Tip: All are excellent - depends if you want view or self containment
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  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

The Cowdrey Suite is a luxuriously appointed first floor apartment in a stunning location looking out over a peaceful inlet, tucked away towards the end of a quiet peninsula but less than half an hour's drive from Nelson airport (and a short walk from the Rimu Grove Winery!). We thoroughly enjoyed our one night stay and can highly recommend.

Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

We spent 4 nights in February, 2017, in the private cottage on the lovely, garden grounds of Atholwood, set on the banks of a beautiful tidal estuary. Innkeepers Sarah and Ian Cole are welcoming, bright and interesting, and serve up scrumptious cooked-to-order breakfasts in their bright modern dining room in the main inn (Sarah also left home-baked goodies in our cottage). The cottage had everything: privacy, a full kitchen with a dishwasher, a comfortable living room, a nice big bedroom, and a new nice bathroom with glass shower and laundry facilities. We also had a nice outdoor patio with a table, chairs and a big barbecue grill. The cottage is even air conditioned, though you likely won't need that. The kitchen was very well-equipped, and the Coles provided a very helpful binder with information about the area, it's history, things to do, etc. We loved Atholwood's location on the quiet Bronte peninsula, set amid vineyards and fruit orchards, about a half hour drive to Abel Tasman National Park and five minutes from the charming little town of Mapua. The Upper Moutere vineyards offer scenery, tastings and lunches, and there is a wonderful small art gallery next door to Atholwood. The main inn at Atholwood faces the beautiful estuary, and has a hot tub and a salt-water pool with great views of the water, all set amid the beautiful and well-tended gardens. Note: the cottage itself does not overlook the estuary, and even though we usually want a water view, we were very pleased with the patio at the cottage, and felt welcome to enjoy the view from the pool and gardens at the main house. This was a special place that we highly recommend! Thanks Sarah and Ian!

Room Tip: Best views are from the main inn, but the cottage offered the ability to cook lunches and dinners an...
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  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

Kind and thoughtful hosts who planned excellent trips for us. The property is particularly beautifully constructed and maintained with every comfort available. The views are spectacular and it is a very quiet and peaceful location, yet within easy reach of wonderful walks, coastline, and restaurants at Mapua. I cannot recommend it highly enough - thank you, Ian and Sarah!

Room Tip: All the rooms are excellent.
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  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

The Cowdrey Suite is one of the most immaculate properties I have ever had the pleasure of staying in. The linen and cleanliness of everything was second to none. Everything you could possibly wish for was available in the apartment including fantastic german made windows & doors which made controlling the temperature without airconditioning an absolute pleasure. Wifi. Views amazing. Even the windows were immaculate. Huge bathroom, plenty of towels. Secure parking. Quiet location. Homemade cake by Sarah each day in our apartment was an absolute delight! Sarah's breakfasts were as fresh as you could wish for and loved having the long table to interact with other guests. Didn't see the well trained and well behaved dogs once, so that is not an issue for anyone who is unsure. Recommendation of winery luncheon and galleries were spot on. Even Sarah's personal parting gift of local carved pate knife was such a lovely touch to the end of our stay.

Room Tip: Upstairs Cowdrey Suite was exceptional.
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  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Atholwood Luxury Country Accommodation

Address: 118 Bronte Road East | RD1 Upper Moutere, Bronte, Mapua 7173, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Mapua > Bronte
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Bronte
Price Range: RM795 - RM1,069 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Atholwood Luxury Country Accommodation 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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