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Chapelwick
Reviewed 21 February 2012

We were given 2 nights stay at Chapelwick for our Christmas present from our staff 2011.
They booked uit for 2/3 Feb (just after our daughters wedding (28/1). Was just the right time for us to have a very relaxing few days away from the phone and computers and the office.
Loved the house and the owners and the fact we were in the country with nothing to do except relax. enjoyed the hospitality of Rod & Raewyn and picking plums from a tree and being able to take a very large bag home. Yummy. Reccomend staying in the Hunter suite the outlook was fantastic. would love to go back sometime. Christine & Rob Woodhouse

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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 February 2012

Unpretentious charm and comfort - that is what you will find here. Beautifully quiet. Nicely kept. And Raewyn is a great host who cooks a delicious breakfast and great scones. Not to mention Monty the chilled out house dog who loves the visitors but does not tend to overdo his affection. And a real piece of NZ history you can live in for a while. We hope we can get back one day. Dave & Jo M. Sydney.

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Reviewed 4 February 2012

We chose to stay here to see the longest place name which is nearby. Local accomodation is very limited so the prospect of a B&B was the preferred option.

An initial hiccup with the room booking (make sure you get a confirmation in advance) was swiftly sorted before we arrived.

Overall the property is stunning. An old and beautiful 1920s mansion which has been decorated in keeping, and boasts huge grounds with pigs, sheep, tennis court, swimming pool and distant views of the ocean.

Our room, the Hunter suite was large and comprised two main rooms with a king in one and three single beds in the other. There are no locks on the doors and bathrooms are either private (but across the hallway) or shared. Our suite had a private bathroom which was very nice.

Downstairs the host sometimes offers meals too, but we visited the local pub for great fish and chips. There is tea and coffee available all the time on the landing and a nice touch is local wine to purchase and consume on the premises.

There are three public rooms downstairs, a main lounge with big TV, a billiards room and. Library. The lounge and library when we visited had open fires lit.

Overall the location was peaceful, it's a long way from a mobile phone signal and very remote but that's part of the charm.

The main disappointment was breakfast. For a suite cost of $185 and as a B&B we were very surprised to learn that only continental breakfast was on offer ( $15 each on top if you want cooked which seems expensive).

Continental was disappointing. While the owner made lovelly fresh scones there was a poor choice of cereals (weetbix or an odd mix of cornflakes, muesli,special K and other bits and you made your own tea and coffee. There was a lack of fresh fruit on offer ( there was home made jams which were lovelly and some fruit in syrup which was ok)

We have experienced better value unfortunately. Overall, lovely hosts, fab property and location, just a few missing pieces.

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Thank Nomadion
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Reviewed 31 January 2012

Chapelwick is a wonderfully relaxed place to visit and the hosts, Raewyn & Rod are extremely friendly & helpful without being over-the-top.
We were greeted by Raewyb even before we'd got out of our car, - no fussiness, just good old-fashioned homeliness.
The food is excellent and beautifully presented - no need to look elsewhere for meals!
A special treat was freshly made scones for breakfast.
We're just sorry we spent just the one night there but we will definitely return for a longer stay.
Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

Chapelwick is a gem ! Far from the madding crowd, it is quiet and peaceful, surrounded by beautiful grounds, with a charming chapel and wrapped in amazing coastal scenery. You will be made to feel like a family member by Reawyn and Rod as soon as you arrive: we rolled up at 10pm, having underestimated the driving time from Wellington on the scenic and deserted backroads, but were promptly served tea and sticky date pudding !

The following day we visited local vineyards and had high tea at Oruawharo Estate (also highly recommended), which was all arranged for us by Raewyn. Thanks so much. We will be back soon !

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: 482 Hunter Road | Porangahau, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Hawke's Bay Region
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Ranked #22 of 72 B&Bs / Inns in Hawke's Bay Region
Number of rooms: 5

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