I dont even know where to start... we are family with a baby.
this place hardly can be called a retreat... it was full of unpleasant surprises, when we approached the farm my intuition told me not to go in, but to try and find another place. But it was a Xmas weekend and all other places around were booked. So we had no other choice but stay there 1 night:
1- There in no toilet nor shower in the room , you have to walk through the yard to the main house for it. now imagine doing it in the open wind of NZ 'summer' +10'
2- Although they advertise themselves as B&B the breakfast is not provided - they asked us to make our own, and although we had some eggs etc, there is no oven in the room to cook it;
3- There is no blackout curtains in the room full of windows and we had bad sleep since 5-6 am because the room was very bright
4 - There is no internet, I assume it is where the word "retreat" comes from. :))
5 - The rooms are very cold, hence the house is at the very windy spot. and it has one small heater which they asked to turn off at night.
6- We were traveling with an infant , and asked to show us their animals and so the man with a very sour face took us in the backyard where the pigs, sheep and goats are... and with not much of enthusiasm he walked us around for 10 min.. as you imagine;
7- the location is hard to find and it is not in the same town as advertised.
8 - and finally after all that they told us that they dont have a credit card machine so the booking.com can not transfer them money, and we have to pay cash, which we didnt have , (the online booking was $130 NZ) , The lady advised my husband to go online some other website and pay there.. which she charged $160NZ !!!!! Overall owners didnt have a welcoming and friendly attitude.
I ASSURE YOU THE TOP PRICE THIS PLACE WORTH WOULD BE $60 !!!
next few days we stayed in the very lovely luxury house for $170- where we were treated like kings, served great breakfast up until 12pm. room with a beautiful ocean view!
so be aware even if you already have a booking and you can do not go and you will not be charged for it.!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relax and enjoy peaceful rural views. Two separate cottages - Wayby Cottage sleeps up to 4 people, queen bed and double sofa bed. Bennys Barn sleeps up to 4 people, 2 bunk beds. Great family unit. Enjoy views and watch farm animals walk by from the full length window. Bathroom is in a separate building next door. Collect free range eggs, organic fruit and feed the friendly farm animals. Book horse riding in advance at an extra cost. Close to beaches, shops, restaurants, home-made ice cream and chocolate stores, markets, vineyards and golf course. Enjoy outdoor activities: scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking.Hosts speak English, Dutch, German and Cantonese. ... more less