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Abigail G

A special slice of NZ - tranquility, views, food and wonderful people. I cant wait to go back!

Review of EcoScapes
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 Nov 2022
Wow, wow, wow. This place is seriously special. If you are thinking about booking this place and not quite sure, all I can say is DO IT!! It is SO worth it - our stay at Ecoscapes exceeded all expectations in every way possible.

The cabin is as you can imagine, a wonderfully appointed space with good amenities and obviously the view..THE VIEW never gets old. What is really magic about this place is that although there are 2 cabins, the lodge and the cafe/restaurant place, when you are in the cabin you genuinely feel like you are in the middle of nowhere with nothing and nobody else around. The architecture and design of the cabins is magical to have curated such a space.

The gardens around the property add to its magic, from the small foot bridge with the veggie gardens around to Holly and Wilbert the dogs milling around the property (they also give the best cuddles if you like dogs!) - I cant explain how magical this place is.

Not only the landscapes and the lodge itself but the staff and people that work there are the cherry on the cake. Lou the chef whipping up some deliciousssss food - its such a treat to be in the middle of nowhere but the food quality is amazing and is such a treat (the creme brulee is YUM!). Ben who is the front of house (and no doubt wears 100 other hats!) is super friendly, welcoming and always had a wonderful demeanor about him even when things were super busy he would take the time out to talk or provide recommendations and genuinely connect with you. My partner and I were lucky enough to have time to speak at length with the owners and also Lou and Ben and you can see why people choose to live out there - they are such genuine, wonderful people who really care about delivering a well curated, authentic and special experience.

The area of Kinloch itself is just STUNNING - I strongly recommend going for a walk around the lake and you will stumble on beautiful bays where you can sit and take in the lake and mountain views from another perspective.

We were recommended Ecoscapes from a friend that stayed here, and I have been raving about it to anybody that will listen since we got back.

Its a special, special place and I have never experienced peace and tranquility like it - a true opportunity to unwind and immerse yourself in nature and disconnect.

I will be back for sure - thank you to Toni, John, Ben, Lou and all the other people who make Ecoscapes what it is. I will always remember my 30th Birthday as the best one yet.
Date of stay: October 2022
Room Tip: Make sure you go for a walk and find the little jetty / bay about 1km down the road - take a...
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 20 Nov 2022
Thanks so much for your wonderful review Abigail, we're so glad you had a great time with us and thank you for recommending us to everyone!
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      Reviewed 10 November 2022

      The best breakfast I’ve had in all of New Zealand, and we’re from Melbourne so we are pretty serious about our brunch 😂 The property was absolutely stunning and the hosts were very friendly! The Netflix projector was a lovely touch. The view out of the large glass in front of the bed was something out of a postcard. It was incredible to watch the colours near the lake and the mountains change through the day, then to look at the stars. Special shout-out to Molly the dog, the most adorable assistant to the owners. We’ll definitely be back here!

      Date of stay: October 2022
      Trip type: Travelled as a couple
      Thank Sachinee S
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      Toni Glover, Owner at EcoScapes, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2022

      Thanks for your lovely review, we're so glad you enjoyed your stay and made the most of your time in nature

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      Reviewed 4 November 2022 via mobile

      Across the lake from Glenorchy and close to several popular walking tracks including the Routeburn the Kinloch lodge and EcoScape accomodation provides a great launching or landing spot. The highlight of the accomodation for us was the huge window that framed the lake and the mountains, we left the blind up and enjoyed spectacular sun rise views with the change of light. The room was relaxing, the big bed was comfortable and the shower great. Outside seating, spa pool and tea and coffee making facilities included. The accompanying lodge has a restaurant. Our hosts went above and beyond to make our stay memorable, thank you.

      Date of stay: November 2022
      Trip type: Travelled as a couple
      Thank Lesley M
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      Toni Glover, Owner at EcoScapes, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2022

      Thanks for your lovely review Lesley! We're so pleased you enjoyed your time and the magical view.

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      Reviewed 5 September 2022

      This was our third stay at Ecoscapes - the first in winter. The units aregreat with an amazing tranquil view that changes with the weather. We were 2 couples (the only guests) and as the restaurant was closed for dinner our hosts insisted on us eating our meal in our rooms on our knees. Last time we were at least allowed to eat around a table together in the empty restaurant - a small compromise which would have made a big difference to our stay. Disappointing!

      Room tip: The front Ecoscape room as way better than the back one.u
      Date of stay: August 2022
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      Thank Douglas F
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      Reviewed 5 July 2022 via mobile

      Couldn't have had a better experience, worth every cent! Toni is a fabulous host and cook, we had the most delicious hearty 3 course dinner and breakfast in the morning was divine. 10/10 recommend, we can't wait to come back! It's absolute paradise! Support local and book your night away with these guys!

      Room tip: Bring sandfly repellent!!
      Date of stay: July 2022
      Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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      Reviewed 31 March 2022

      Toni and John looked after us from the first call to book through to the exit. Nothing was too difficult to manage. We had the most amazing vegan food delivered to our room, a beautiful breakfast made with vegan yoghurt.

      The view was awesome, we lay in bed and relaxed, didn’t need TV the view constantly changing sky and the views of the river delta changing throughout the day into dusk were spectacular. This place is a hidden gem and if you are pausing thinking about booking. Book it!

      Truely grateful for the opportunity to experience this wonderful place and the humble beautiful owners and hospitality we experienced.

      Date of stay: March 2022
      Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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