Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
We did enjoy our stay at LimeTree and Linda was a fabulous host, but.....
What we loved - Linda's company, the 6pm drinks and opportunity to mix and mingle with some very interesting guests (although some guests were not into this), the cleaning is faultless and bed comfort just fine.
What we thought was OK - breakfast - good without being memorable, our room size was quite tight - could not put one suitcase out, much less two and could only walk around the bed and that was with only one small diningroom type chair in the corner, not even a lounger. The location is about 10 minutes out of Wanaka so need a car.
What is a worry - the property has recently changed ownership - there were many hooks on the walls in all rooms and hallways with no artwork (so obviously gone with the previous ownership and not replaced). The pool is sad in maintenance and only 2 loungers for 10 plus guests, the gardens, whilst having good bones, had many empty garden beds with nothing planted and comparing to the average house garden we saw and so admired for their colourful displays in our one week trip of the south island, a dropped ball one may think..
The cost of this lodge is not cheap at over NZ$350 per night for the cheapest room - it is probably overpriced and would be worth more homework to explore if alternatives may be better and a watch this space on the future.
Room Tip: pay a bit more for the suite - there is a big difference in size and comfort
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Response from Yohann B, General Manager at Lime Tree Lodge
Responded 1 Feb 2019
Hi there, Thanks for your feedback and glad you had a good time with us. I would like to explain few things about the your worries. We have managed this property for less than 3 months and it is all really new to us. In regards to the artworks, we have ordered custom made pieces of art, made by local artists. And therefore it takes some time. All those 'hooks' will be filled within couple of weeks. We wish it could have been before, but quality takes time. All the empty garden beds are being replaced as we speak as they were full of dead or dying plants. Our aim is to plant those beds as soon as the weather will allow us. I guess when it comes to gardens, a bit of patience is required. While the pool has only 2 loungers, it has a table with 8 seats and couple of benches. Therefore we can caterer for all our guests at the same time. In regards to our rates, we have not increased our rates for the last 18 months and we wish to keep the same level for at least another year. Wanaka is not an affordable place and if you compare with our local colleagues, we are right in the market. We are so glad you enjoyed Linda's company as she is a gem and I'm sure she told you all the good things to do in Wanaka, including lovely restaurants. If you come back to Wanaka next year, we would love to have you back so you can see the difference when our project will be achieved. All the best, Yohann and the team
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