I’ve had a week of ‘witch’ hair and unflattering conversations with the bathroom mirror. I miss the comfort of my super-king bed. I’m also tired of living in an apartment complex with the constant sound of doors slamming and heated conversations (not to mention those outside our apartment). Today we moved on to a cottage stay to for more personalised New Zealand hospitality – it’s all in the welcome!

Barnicoat vineyard Cottage driveup

Barnicoat Cottage is set among 9.2 hectares of vineyard as far as the eye can see.

Barnicoat Vineyard Cottage vines

It’s a fine example of New Zealand hospitality – it’s all in the welcome!

Barnicoat Vineyard Cottage with Pam

Barnicoat Vineyard Cottage, a ‘couples’ retreat located in Hope, a rural area in the Tasman district of the South Island. But it’s still only 4-5 kilometres from the nearby Richmond shopping centre.

Barnicoat Vineyard Cottage exterior

New Zealand Hospitality – Barnicoat Cottage

Owners, Marilyn and Stu Robinson, live next door to the cottage. Although strangers when we first meet, Marilyn’s welcoming hug warmed my heart. Michael’s the only person I’ve spoken to all week and it’s so nice to be able to chat with another female. I can’t wait to look through the cottage.

Barnicoat Vineyard Cottage interior2

These amateur photos don’t do justice to the level of comfort that Marilyn’s provided. The cottage is impeccably clean. The jacquard duvet cover is dazzlingly white, as are the matching pillowslips and those marks you see on the coverlet, are actually a scattering of Cadbury’s Roses chocolates. On our travels, we occasionally stay in accommodations where every expense has been spared, but not this one. There’s a modern expresso coffee machine, fresh eggs produced from the Barnicoat free-range hens, condiments and a complimentary bottle of chilled Sauvignon blanc.

Barnicoat Vineyard Cottage interior

New Zealand Hospitality – Cottage accommodation

As our first day slides into evening, we sit outside, watching the Barnicoat geese stroll by. What a sweet life!

Barnicoat Vineyard Geese

In the early evening the sound of bellbirds dominates and when night falls, you actually see shooting stars! It starts with the welcome and it doesn’t get much better than this one. Good old New Zealand hospitality – it’s all in the welcome!

Happy travelling.

2 responses to “New Zealand hospitality – it’s all in the welcome!”

  1. Jan Roberts says:

    Looks as gorgeous as it sounds. Enjoy your stay there – and if you ever need a female voice, I’m only a phone call away 🙂

    • GuestNZ says:

      Hey Jan, it’s been a lovely oasis before heading up to Auckland for a couple of weeks. It’s lovely sitting out here in the evening and just looking. They have a gorgeous little dog called Tessa who sometimes pops around for a cuddle. Good to know I have a friend to call. Thanks for that.

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