Lynton Downs Farmstay Kaikoura
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Lynton Downs Farmstay Kaikoura

1717 Inland Kaikoura Road, Kaikoura 7373 New Zealand
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Lynton Downs offers a genuine Kaikoura Farm Stay experience with tantalising accommodation choices, a luxurious farm apartment with two bedrooms sleeping four in the historic homestead, or a quaint romantic Quarters set in private gardens close to the homestead sleeping 4 with two bedrooms. Located inland from the Kaikoura coastline, this real New Zealand working sheep and beef farm is "a place where you can simply just be."
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Private check-in / check-out
Car park
Wifi
Complimentary tea
Highchairs available
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
First aid kit
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
Room features
Bathrobes
Additional bathroom
Dining area
Fireplace
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Separate living room
Sofa
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Kitchenette
Dishwasher
Microwave
Oven
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Mountain view
Suites
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HOTEL STYLE
Quaint
Romantic

Location

1717 Inland Kaikoura Road, Kaikoura 7373 New Zealand
Getting there
Christchurch Intl Airport
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MoonwraithMoon wrote a review Jan 2017
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our family stayed in the Quarters and absolutely loved it. There is lots to do and explore and the Bartrams are such a welcoming, friendly family. Thank you! The kids loved feeding the animals and petting them, going for walks around the farm and staying in the cosy, rustic Quarters.
The way you decorated the toilet was very creative and entertaining and all the animals gave a real feel of the country. Thank you for a wonderful stay.
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Date of stay: July 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Rachel Bartrum, General Manager at Lynton Downs Farmstay Kaikoura
Responded 13 Apr 2024
Oh thank you so much for a wonderful review , we loved hosting you at Lynton Downs Farm and Farmstay!
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Risingsun4 wrote a review Mar 2015
Takoma Park, Maryland30 contributions19 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you love sunsets, bathing outdoors under the stars, munching on homemade scones and local honey, and learning about life on a sheep farm, this is your paradise. We arrived to a stunning sunset and a farmstead surrounded by majestic hills and mountains. We stayed in the Quarters - a small unit with an excellent bed, living area with books, tv and wood stove, and a modest but well equipped kitchenette along with a lovely deck and outdoor area. Includes private shower, outdoor bathtub as a romantic option, and total privacy/serenity. Lots of special touches from soft white bathrobes to a basket of homemade and local foods waiting upon arrival. This is not a luxury spot - you should love and be curious about farm life. If you want hikes with awesome views, visits to watch the sheep dogs herd the sheep, and quiet talks with the farm manager to better understand rural life, this is really an exceptional place. Kurt and Rachel are wonderful and welcoming hosts with a loving family. They are eager to share their knowledge of the region and have many tips for where to eat, where to go, and what books to read. Kurt took us up to the top of the 4000 hectare ranch and explained his operation to us. Rachel helped us plan our itinerary and walked us around the barnyard to meet the local very adorable pig, rabbits, chickens, ducks, pony, cats and dogs. We extended our stay and WILL BE BACK. Come here if you want to taste life on a rural farm with a family dedicated to living the good life.
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Date of stay: March 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The Quarters is a more rustic option than the bedroom and living area/kitchen attached to the...
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Response from RachelB1717, Manager at Lynton Downs Farmstay Kaikoura
Responded 18 Apr 2015
Finally sorted out how to respond to these incredible comments! We loved your visit and our discussions too, we sincerely hope you stay in touch and come back and stay with us again and see what has been happening on the farm.
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Theresa H wrote a review Feb 2015
The Netherlands46 contributions29 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If TripAdvisor had a 6 star category, this place would be in it. Rachel and her family give the warmest, most genuine welcome I have ever received.
I stayed in the flat attached to the house, but there are also 'glamping' caravans called the 'shepherds' huts', and a detached self-contained cottage called the 'quarters'.

The flat is gorgeous; tastefully furnished and well appointed, with views from the deck over the surrounding farmland across to a mountain range in the distance . It has one queen bedroom, with a living / kitchen, large bathroom and laundry. The gardens around the house are beautiful.

The breakfast provisions are generous and mostly fresh from the farm or Rachel's kitchen. She is an excellent cook, and her cakes have to be tasted to be believed.
The farmstay operates within sustainability and eco-guidelines. There are eco-initiatives such as native tree planting on the property.

Then there is the opportunity to help out on the farm. It is a working farm, and if there are chores to be done you could just go along as a spectator, but before you know it you will probably be helping to muster animals.
There is also a menagerie of animals in the farmyard; pigs and a piglet, horses, a goat, a pet sheep, ducks, chickens, dogs and rabbits which require care and feeding Children would love this.

The farm is about 20 kilometres inland from Kaikoura with all its fabulous attractions and facilities.

Lynton Downs is an exceptional place, and an exceptional experience. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: January 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from RachelB1717, Manager at Lynton Downs Farmstay Kaikoura
Responded 7 Jan 2016
Can't wait to see you back again!
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Julieann M wrote a review Mar 2016
Honolulu, Hawaii8 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our family of 4 recently stayed in the Quarters and loved it! The Bartrams are a lovely family and incredibly hospitable. The accommodation was perfect -- beautiful, peaceful setting, and lots for the kids to do. They loved feeding and being around all the animals. The welcome hamper included bread and cookies freshly baked by the farmer's wife. My husband and sons even got to "help" move a big herd of sheep down the road (sheep dogs did most of the work), which was a highlight for them.
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Date of stay: March 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from RachelB1717, Manager at Lynton Downs Farmstay Kaikoura
Responded 11 Apr 2016
Thank you so much , you are an incredible family too and we loved sharing our little part of New Zealand with you.
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Lesley Y wrote a review Feb 2016
Hangzhou, China72 contributions45 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in the Quarters for two nights. The hosts are really nice people and very helpful. They have a very cute little dog even walk with us in the morning. The quarters is small but functional, just enough for four people. There are so many animals in this farm and the hosts even showed us how their shepherd work. Very nice family. It's fun to stay here and experience a farm life. But it is 17km away from the town. I like the farm house very much but to experience Kaikoura, maybe it's a better choice to stay near the beach. But if you would like to have a farm experience, Lynton Downs Farmstead will be a great choice.
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Date of stay: February 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Rachel Bartrum, General Manager at Lynton Downs Farmstay Kaikoura
Responded 13 Apr 2024
Oh thank you so much for a wonderful review , we loved hosting you at Lynton Downs Farm and Farmstay!
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Alison A wrote a review Feb 2015
Komoka, Canada23 contributions31 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in the Quarters which was charming and cosy. We arrived after a long rainy day travelling and Rachel had turned on the heaters and left a lovely welcome basket full of treats. This was my 5-year-old son's very favourite place to stay during our trip to NZ. He loved all the animals and enjoyed helping with the chores. Rachael, Kurt and their family were so welcoming and generous with their time in sharing their beautiful farm. Easy drive into Kaikoura for shopping, dining and whale/dolphin/seal watching. The best of farm and ocean!
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Date of stay: January 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from RachelB1717, Manager at Lynton Downs Farmstay Kaikoura
Responded 7 Jan 2016
Delighted you loved it , we really enjoyed meeting you all!
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Shannon B wrote a review Dec 2014
Park City, Utah, United States8 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We are a family of 5 (3 boys ages 9,11,13) from the US. We motorhomed around the South Island for 2.5 weeks and staying at Lynton Downs was one of our favorite experiences (and we had some great experiences!!). The Bartrum family could not have been nicer or more accommodating! We felt like we were staying with friends. Our kids played with their kids and we had some great talks with Kurt and Rachel. The farm itself is magical. They had wonderful, friendly pets including sheep, pigs, ducks, bunnies, horses, a goat, dogs, cats....my kids were in heaven! I feel like we got a true feel for New Zealand farm life. They even took us to their neighbors to watch them sheer sheep! We stayed in the Quarters which is so quaint and comfy. We looked at all the other accommodations and they all look great too! Rachel has not missed a detail! Can't say enough good things about this family and their beautiful farm!
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Date of stay: December 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from RachelB1717, Manager at Lynton Downs Farmstay Kaikoura
Responded 7 Jan 2016
Happy New Year to you all hope you are all well ,we all remember you fondly and our kids loved teaching the boys NZ Rugby!
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StephLynnMitchell wrote a review Dec 2014
Houston, Texas5 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I spent 3 and 1/2 weeks honeymooning in the South Island and Lynton Downs was our first Farm Stay experience. Needless to say, we are not only sold on the concept but also generally obsessed with this lodging option (we later traveled to Te Anau and stayed at Dusky Ridges Farm Stay). Lynton Downs is a newer Farm Stay and the hosts could not be more gracious, the breakfast option more generous. We stayed in The Quarters, which is impeccable in its charm and organization. We even took advantage of the lovely tub outside for a bath after our morning run in Kaikoura (there is also a full, modern shower!). The hosts are gracious and informative and will no doubt be successful in this venture. Could not recommend it more highly.
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Date of stay: November 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from RachelB1717, Manager at Lynton Downs Farmstay Kaikoura
Responded 7 Jan 2016
Thank you so much for your lovely review , best wishes to you both for 2016!
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Kim M wrote a review Nov 2016
Sydney, Australia8 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Travelling around the South Island for 2 weeks as a family of 4 (2 boys - 8 and 6 years), we can easily say that Lynton Downs was definitely our favourite accommodation! The location was just beautiful, The Quarters were snug but clean and included everything we needed for a three night stay. The boys loved the animals; feeding the lambs was a definite highlight. The Bartrum family were very hospitable particularly Rachel, such a treasure with so much awesome NZ travelling advice. The drive to Kaikoura is approx 20 mins which isn't too far for dinner and to reach the dolphin cruise which has to be a must when in Kaikoura! The boys are desperate to go back they had such an amazing time!
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Date of stay: October 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from RachelB1717, Manager at Lynton Downs Farmstay Kaikoura
Responded 4 Nov 2016
Hi Kim Thank you so much for your lovely review that was very kind!! We loved having you all to stay.The farm is still in full bloom with new ducklings hatched , crazy lambs, escapee bunnies and much much more!! Take care and best wishes for a magical family Christmas too. Rachel and Kurt and all the crew.
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fraherj wrote a review Oct 2016
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Lynton Downs for a couple of nights on our South Island trip. For our 2 children who live in a city this was such an amazing experience and a highlight of the trip for all of us. We just loved it. Feeding the animals, going for walks and just relaxing was brilliant. Lovely family who have put a lot of effort into making this a special experience, great accomodation and would highly recommend.
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Date of stay: April 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Rachel Bartrum, General Manager at Lynton Downs Farmstay Kaikoura
Responded 13 Apr 2024
Oh thank you so much for a wonderful review , we loved hosting you at Lynton Downs Farm and Farmstay!
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signori asked a question Aug 2016
Mianyang, China
Where could I book?Is there any room for 2 adults and 1 child?
Answer from RachelB1717
Kaikoura, New Zealand9 contributions
Hello Delighted you are interested in staying with us at Lynton Downs , we are closed for August at present but if you go onto our website lyntondownsdotcodotnz you will see the booking calendar and all the information there to make an enquiry or booking. Hope to hear form you in the future.
TannerShelden wrote a tip Oct 2016
Queenstown, New Zealand12 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I would suggest the Quarters!"
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Chopcloud wrote a tip Feb 2016
Wellington, New Zealand2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We stayed in the shepherd's huts which are the furtherest away from the road and the homestead. Very quiet and private."
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Risingsun4 wrote a tip Mar 2015
Takoma Park, Maryland30 contributions19 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The Quarters is a more rustic option than the bedroom and living area/kitchen attached to the house. WE loved it but if you want even more pampering, consider the rooms attached to the main farm house. This is not a hotel - this is a farmstay and one that we won't forget!"
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