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Castle Hill Lodge B&B

23 Mcmillan Road, Garston 9750 New Zealand
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#1 of 2 B&Bs in Garston
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
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Nestled within 9 acres of mature trees, gardens and stunning views is this former Angler's Lodge.Centrally located for trips to Te Anau, Milford Sound and Queenstown. A scrumptious breakfast will set you up for the days walking, fishing, skiing, kayaking or just sitting out on the decking. Free internet access, guest lounge, open fires and farm animals for you to greet. A great place to stay a while and watch the world go by.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
BBQ facilities
Parking
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Hiking
Horseback riding
Fishing
Table tennis
Board games / puzzles
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Room features
Bathrobes
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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3.5 of 5 stars
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English
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JohnNZ2013 wrote a review Feb 2014
Fort Collins, Colorado7 contributions15 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
One of the nicest B&B experiences to be found anywhere in the world. Accommodations, meals, setting and most importantly, the hosts. Mark and Sharon are an amazing couple that are delight to get to know and spend time with when you are not out exploring the countryside. My visit was part of a quest to find some elusive New Zealand trout which was a challenging but very rewarding experience. Highest marks for Castle Hill!
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Date of stay: December 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Rooms are named for the hosts' travel adventures. Delightful.
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Joanne S wrote a review Mar 2018
Brisbane, Australia125 contributions34 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a delightful spot ! This BnB is just lovely. The room was spotless, warm and very well appointed. Although it doesn’t have a fridge we were able to put our cold stuff in the main fridge. Sharon and Mark are wonderful hosts. We chose just to have cheese and crackers for dinner out on the terrace. Sharon was very happy to organise plates, glasses , knives etc. The rooms have tea and coffee making facilities.
The location is stunning with pet sheep roaming. Their dog Barkley is a gem. He just loves people. He is an outside dog but he loves to join you on the terrace.
We stayed two nights and will definitely be back as my husband is a keen fly fishing man. The rivers around here are wonderful.
Castle Hill is about 45 mins from Queenstown. Nearest town is Garston which has a pub and a delightful little coffee van with great coffee and muffins. Be mindful to organise food as it is a small drive to get dinner.
A continental breakfast is provided. I like having the option to have cheese, cold cuts and fresh bread. Cereal and yogurt are also provided.
We stayed in the England room with a wonderful claw foot bath and a beautiful bay window.
It is such a nice change to stay in the country side surrounded by mountain ranges. Will definitely come again.
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Date of stay: March 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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MGBhat wrote a review Jan 2016
Bengaluru, India67 contributions29 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in this place one night on the 1st of Jan 2016 as this was the only place available for me during my trip to Queenstown. You need to a car to reach Castle Hill. Easy one hour drive from Queenstown thru very beautiful country side. It is a small farm house. The couple are English and very hospitable and friendly. Room Luxurious. Place very quiet and relaxing. Nice lawn to walk around . A friendly dog, Barclay to keep you company. Breakfast is good and fresh. The only issue is the food. Need to drive few km on either side to find small cafe and you can get some sandwiches or hot food if they have!. so, Better to carry some food. Very calm and relaxing. About an hour drive to Queenstown airport also. Chose the place if you want a quiet relaxing place on your travel by car.
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Date of stay: January 2016
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: facing the front
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adyadeys wrote a review Feb 2016
Toronto, Canada1 contribution1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Absolutely horrible stay that changed the joy of our entire trip to Nz, all courtesy of this female person - we don't even know whether she is the owner or receptionist or just customer service rep. Whomever she is, she definitely needs serious courses to learn how to talk to customers and be courteous enough to allow them to enjoy their stay. First, she talked down to us in a very impolite manner, very condescending and belittling us as if she is a queen and we as her servants must do what she says. How can you even focus to what she is saying when she yells from the top of her lungs that we have to pay more, even though our reservation was fully paid by credit card already, and all she cares about is her materialistic greed, definitely not listening to customers ??

Second, WiFi is the slowest ever; don't count on it to load pages faster than a few minutes - yes, minutes, when in today's world even a few seconds is too slow. At this very steep price one would expect a much faster connection. And after a couple of hours, it just turned off, then came back in a few minutes, as if it was playing hide and seek with us, the patient users in desperate need to find different accommodations ASAP - as far as possible ever from this expensive rude pointless behaviour totally uncalled for.

Next, if you are allergic to germs or animals, be prepared, we interacted with a chicken, cat and large size dog resting or walking around everywhere, including on the lounge chairs or indoors on the couch. The chicken does its business on the chairs you sit on, and the dog drools or sheds hair on the couch you take a nap on. Wow, so hygienic indeed - perfect opportunity to spread diseases. The only bonus is that both the chicken and dog are friendly, in which case you are in the right place if you're looking to play with pets for such an unreasonable price.

To top it up, both the room and bathroom were full of flies and moths - they were flying around like fireworks startled by our movement; who knows for how long they've been there. In the morning the floor was full of dozens of dead moths. They must have got in because the windows and doors are not properly sealed - the entrance door actually would barely close too; you need a mountain of muscle to move it just so you can squeeze in. Plus, carpets looked tired and overused, and air was stale and dusty - we felt like choking compared with the clean air outside.

And no, the accommodation does not live up to 4 stars at all - maybe just 2, especially because of the customer service. No one can enjoy their holiday when approached in such an impolite way. But also the bedroom and bath were less than 3 stars, compared to the hundreds of hotels we stayed at before and after. There were only 2 power plugs, no hand towel at all, no tissues available either, nor fruits or dessert for breakfast. We did not bother to ask for any, not after the "wonderful" welcome from the evil hostess...We were too tired to deal with her again...

Should we mention that the place is not even private. No locks on any doors, including the bathroom, so everyone can walk in and out. We would have expected actual door locks, same as the other numerous lodges we stayed at.

Oh well, you can't expect advertisement honesty from just everyone these days - definitely not from the worst stay ever !!! Needless to say, we left the next day without looking back. We won't make the same mistake again for a second night. Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us.

In other words, the most expensive, unreasonable and horrible stay we ever had, that was definitely NOT NOT NOT worth the price, nor the experience....Feel free to make what you want out of this honest impression, decision is yours. Good luck...
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Date of stay: February 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from markandsharonford, Owner at Castle Hill Lodge B&B
Responded 26 Feb 2016
It is, of course always dissapointing when you receive a negative review and as can be seen from all the other reviews this does appear to be wildly inconsistent with other feedback we have received. This particular guest was caught trying to sneak extra people into the room while we were out of the house and was asked to pay the extra cost as detailed at the time of the booking so the review was not, therefore, unexpected and is likely the reason for the cowardly personal attack and wholly inaccurate review. For the information of our future guests, however, we feel as though we should respond to some of the comments made. There was never any shouting. The guests had not paid as stated, they paid upon arrival and after the 'extra' guests had been discovered. We are in a beautiful rural area, one of the reasons stay is because of the stunning scenery and laid back country feel but we do not have the benefit of superfast internet and we accept that it can be slow at times when many people are trying to use it. The internet is free. We have had no one, including these guests check out early and as we were full there was never any opportunity to stay on as they suggested. We do have a cat and a dog and chickens and pigs and sheep none of whom are allowed in the guest rooms or on the couch. Berkeley is a labrador, he is not particularly large and doesn't drool and he lives outside not in the house. The animals are part of the experience of a rural property all of whom are accurately represented on our website. The chickens do not 'do their business on the seats. The moths in the bathroom, again it is a rural area, there are moths and when the bathroom window is left wide open and the light on they will come in as they are drawn to the light. The guests know how long they had been there, because they were not there when they checked in. There are 12 power outlets in the room, hand towels are provided and there is a fruit bowl on the counter by the cereal for all to share. We will look at locks on the doors, we have never needed them but understand if it makes people feel more comfortable. We pride ourselves on being family, child and animal friendly and this is what our guests love about our home.
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JanelleandGraham wrote a review Feb 2015
St Kilda, Australia183 contributions188 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sharon and Mark are caring and capable hosts. We ate 1 meal with them, Mark perfectly cooked our salmon and tasty rice pilaff. The hot breakfasts was also well presented. Choose your room carefully, ours was very small and basic, room only for the bed and 2 small bedside tables. There were 2 other larger and more comfortable rooms with not a great price difference. We had the use of the guest lounge TV & DVD.
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Date of stay: February 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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AnaestheticD wrote a review Jan 2014
Scotland30 contributions18 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Was stopped for speeding by a local Cop who advised me to find local accomodation instead of travelling another couple of hours to Queenstown (8pm at night when I was stopped) and
Castle Hill Lodge was the first property I liked the look of.

What a find! Very well appointed property with a very tastefully styled bedroom and ensuite for me.

Mark and Sharon were wonderful hosts, Barclay the Labrador was great fun and the breakfasts were very tasty.

When you`re in the valley close to Atholl, make a point of heading for this lodge.
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Date of stay: December 2013
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: All the rooms are very well appointed, clean and tastefully styled.
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MR PETER N S wrote a review Jan 2019
Reading, United Kingdom103 contributions31 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Had a really good time here, came straight from Sydney so quite a contrast! Great relaxed atmosphere in the middle of fantastic countryside, a really good base for exploring the southland and down to fiordland. Highly recommended and all the best to Sharon and Mark for 2019.
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Date of stay: December 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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marymV287GV wrote a review Jan 2017
Warwick, United Kingdom1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Castle Hill Lodge is situated in beautiful countryside south of Queenstown. It's a great spot to drive to Milford Sound from. Very warmly welcomed and shown to our very comfortable room with sparkling clean en suite. Guests also have the use of a lounge with TV, guide books and DVD's. Superb breakfast set us up for our days sightseeing! Mark and Sharon were happy to share their knowledge of the local area and I would recommend a stay at their lovely B/B
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Date of stay: January 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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MartinWakeling wrote a review Jan 2017
Nottingham, United Kingdom4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sharon and Mark are wonderful hosts, providing cups of tea and great breakfasts and good advice on how we could make the most of our time in the south. We also enjoyed their conversation and company, especially over a delicious dinner cooked by Sharon. The room was spotless and equipped with everything we needed, and the guest sitting room was a bonus - a place where we could relax in comfort between trips out. We chose Castle Lodge because it gave easy access to Doubtful Sound and Te Anau and this worked superbly. It's also a great place from which to explore the South and the Catlins, though sadly we didn't have time to do this. All in all, a really lovely B and B run by two extremely nice people - highly recommended.
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Date of stay: January 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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richard j wrote a review Jan 2017
Gloucester, United Kingdom8 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The lodge was recommended by Stu's fly fishing as I had booked 4 days fishing with him.
I was delighted that he did. Mark and Sharon were great hosts, nothing was too much trouble,my room was very comfortable and dinner with wine included each night was excellent.
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Date of stay: January 2017Trip type: Travelled solo
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Travelin T wrote a tip Mar 2016
Sacramento, California3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The England room has a beautiful tub to soak in!"
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MGBhat wrote a tip Jan 2016
Bengaluru, India67 contributions29 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"facing the front"
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66Claire wrote a tip Feb 2015
Christchurch, New Zealand42 contributions11 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The rooms are small and basic."
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Longleggedfly wrote a tip Sept 2014
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The England Room is super warm and comfortable, with a bay window overlooking a beautiful view. It also boasts an ensuite with the deepest bathtub I've ever had the pleasure of soaking in."
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JohnNZ2013 wrote a tip Feb 2014
Fort Collins, Colorado7 contributions15 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms are named for the hosts' travel adventures. Delightful."
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Nearby attractions include Craft Keepers (4.6 km), Athol Art Gallery (6.0 km), and Hunny Shop (4.5 km).
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Conveniently located restaurants include The Coffee Bomb, The Brown Trout Cafe, and The Hide Cafe & Garden Bar.
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Yes, Castle Hill Lodge B&B offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
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