Pictures don't really describe the magic of this place! A very special few days was had here with our elderly mother who had lived in the neighboring bay with her parents as caretakers of the Wells farm , refugees from war torn Indonesia, in the 1950s. Reminiscing was made all the more wonderful as Connells Bay has been so lovingly restored, and the caretakers were so friendly and helpful. A very special part of the world for us and we appreciate your commitment to preserving this part of paradise.
Simply superb couple of nights in a stunning setting. Spectacular cottage setting with attention to guest comfort and relaxation, enjoyed our time immensely. Awoke to a morning of sea mist which lent a magical atmosphere to the fabulous sculpture walk, with each work emerging and revealing themselves. Such was the standard I repeated the walk again in the afternoon. Unexpected delight of international standing.
We are addicted to this place so we had to go back this year for another 6 nights. We love the location, the little bay, the sculpture park and the cottage. We are looking forward already to next year.
This is a delightful stay. The accommodation is in a private cottage, tastefully and thoughtfully renovated with two bedrooms, full kitchen, 2 bathrooms and small living room. There are lovely outdoor spaces to sit on decks and in garden. The sea, a private calm beach, is immediately beyond the garden. Views are gorgeous and in addition, there is a magnificent outdoor sculpture park to view. The hosts are thoughtful,leave guests to be private but at the same time available for any issues, and organized the stay with ease and assurance. We loved our weekend there. A couple of comments- having a vehicle capable of managing the steep drive would be very useful and allow exploring the island. This accommodation is around half an hour from the ferries so not close to restaurants or shops. But that was part of the charm for us!…
The main purpose of our visit to Connell Bay was to view the fabulous sculpture park, established by John and Jo Gow, showcasing the best of New Zealand contemporary sculpture.This display is by far the best you will ever see in NZ - a wonderful exhibition by the finest NZ artists displayed in the most captivating environment.We were also privilege to stay in the delightful cottage located near to the historic homestead and with what can only be described as a view to die for.The wonderful vistas and the serene solitude made for an amazing stay. The hosts were equally fabulous.