Friendly hosts, Mary and Pat, went out of their way to make our stay a really special experience. Our room (furnished perhaps rather ostentatiously) was clean and comfortable with choice of pillows and there was underfloor heating in the spacious en-suite bathroom. We were welcomed with tea and freshly baked scones. Mary takes great pride in her beautiful garden, which involves a lot of hard work and is a haven for the local birdlife. We particularly enjoyed the birdsong in the mornings. Cooked breakfasts were sumptuous and included fresh juice from real oranges. There were a couple of places for dinner within easy walking distance. We were grateful for Mary's help in booking visits to the nearby yellow-eyed penguin sanctuary and royal albatross colony. The B&B, accessed via twisting scenic route along sea front from Dunedin, was ideally situated for visiting these and Larnach Castle.
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- Idyllic harbor-side location in Portobello on the Otago Peninsula, 20 minutes from Dunedin city. Set amongst a tapestry of rolling hills, sandy ocean beaches, picturesque bays and inlets. Central to Albatross, Penguin and Seal colonies. Nestled in secluded, tranquil gardens, filled with color, fragrance and birdsong. McAuley Glen Boutique B&B, offers luxury accommodation, private rooms with modern comforts, Jacuzzi spa, sauna, wireless broadband, home style gourmet breakfast/baking, welcome refreshments, and warm relaxed kiwi hospitality. ... more less
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