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Amy I

An absolute treat

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 Apr 2022via mobile
What an absolute treat to have been able to visit the Hawkes Bay and stay at Riverside Lodge 3. My girlfriends and I were able to organise a 2 night stay away from the husbands and babies to live a few nights of luxury. With the help of the amazing Sophie we were able to plan an amazing trip. Shout out to Tony from Takaro Bike Tours who was an absolute legend as well as Rex and Michelle from my chauffeur who were so welcoming and accomodating. Riverside Lodge 3 is such a gem of a place with immaculate interiors which is why we organised a chef to come to the lodge and cook dinner for us as we wanted to enjoy the view and surroundings, it was very luxurious of us but worth every moment, thanks to Terry from Terry Lowe Catering! We would 100% recommend this trip to all our friends and family, not only the amazing location and where we stayed but for the warm welcome from everyone we met. Amazing!
Date of stay: April 2022
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 6 Apr 2022
Amy & co,
Thank you!! I am so glad you enjoyed yourselves - you deserved it!
We can't wait to have you with us for another girls weekend sometime soon.
Kind regards, The BBV Team
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    Reviewed 1 March 2022

    Stunning, immaculate, luxurious yet beautifully homely, incredible view of Te Mata Peak. What's not to love, outstanding. A wonderful escape for two sisters to get away at Poplars 3 (Te Mata Peak View) and Black Dog Cottage.
    Far enough for peace and serenity but close enough for all that stunning Havelock North has to offer. The hospitality of Black Barn was second to none, so obliging and courteous. Amazing hosts. It is an incredible story of how Black Barn evolved to where it is today, truly magical

    Date of stay: February 2022
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    Francis de Jager, Owner at Black Barn Retreats, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2022

    Hi Faye,
    Thank you very much for your kind words. We are so glad that you enjoyed both Poplars 3 & Black Dog Cottage.
    We hope to see you both again soon.
    Kind regards, The BBV Team

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    Reviewed 24 February 2022

    We had a four day stay to celebrate a birthday occasion. We were blown away by the accommodation at Poplars 3. It was a luxury retreat by all standards and a home away from home. The pool was a definite plus on the hot days and for our daughter and was great for cooling off with a quick dip.
    We barely left the house for our stay other than to get provisions. We played board games, croquet and pétanque on the lawn, jenga blocks on the terrace, dined outside, prepared our meals in the fully equipped kitchen and sampled the Black Barn wines that were well stocked in the house.
    We woke every morning to the view of Te Mata peak, the quails and magpies frolicking on the lawn and a general feeling of bliss.
    Black Barn helped organising a few birthday surprises and were helpful above and beyond any expectations.
    It was a delightful stay and a well needed retreat that we will repeat again. We can highly recommend Black Barn to anyone looking for a retreat and a place to make memories.

    Date of stay: February 2022
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    Thank michaeldP1168PL
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    Francis de Jager, Owner at Black Barn Retreats, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2022

    Hi Michael,
    Thank you very much for you kind words. We are so glad that you all enjoyed Poplars 3.
    It was our pleasure to help with the birthday surprises and so glad they went off without a hitch!
    We look forward to seeing you again soon.
    Kind regards, The BBV Team

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    Reviewed 22 February 2022 via mobile

    Fantastic property with everything you could possibly need. Amazing views and spaces for everyone to enjoy and socialise. With great weather we made good use of the pool. We look forward to returning in the future and Sophie and the team were awesome to deal with

    Date of stay: February 2022
    Trip type: Travelled as a couple
    Thank debbiechristian88
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    Francis de Jager, Owner at Black Barn Retreats, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2022

    Hi Debbie,
    We are so glad you all enjoyed yourselves and that the birthday surprise went off without a hitch!
    We look forward to seeing you again in the future.
    Kind regards, The BBV Team

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    Reviewed 18 February 2022

    Awesome spot for 4 mature women - 4 bedrooms, each ensuite. Fully equipped with everything you could want. Immaculate condition. It is located rurally, but there is no need to go anywhere. The pool and spa are great. Loved it. And will return.

    Date of stay: February 2022
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    Thank SJMDAR
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    Francis de Jager, Owner at Black Barn Retreats, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2022

    Hi Sue,
    Thank you for your kind words. The perfect respite from the rest of the world! We are so glad you enjoyed your girls break. We look forward to seeing you again!
    Kind regards, The BBV Team

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    Reviewed 13 February 2022

    We stayed at Poplars 2. It was fabulous. It is a little drive from Havelock North village but the roads are excellent and the countryside sublime. My husband, adult daughter and I spent a Monday to Friday 5 days in Hawkes Bay doing the winery, restaurant and relaxing vacation.
    Poplars 2 is on a large private property with about 4 (?) other BlackBarn retreats. Each one is positioned to be completely private. From the road entrance, a well maintained driveway takes you past expertly manicured gardens, trees and lawns as you wind your way upwards to Poplars. There are two spacious bedrooms at either end of the house, so lots of privacy and the living areas in the middle. The property is elevated and has a view over the mountains that is breathtaking.
    The property was immaculately clean and everything in perfect working condition. There are helpful instructions and books to explain how the house works and answer any questions.
    The kitchen and general living area is very well stocked with every kitchen item or gadget you might need to cook a six course dinner for 12 people (not that we did!). There is a mini bar of Blackbarn Wines available for purchase. As part of our stay our first morning breakfast provisions were provided - these were excellent and very generous. Muesli, milk, coffee, tea, fresh fruit, eggs, juice, mushrooms, tomatoes, sausages, bacon and bread. Everything was delicious. Basic cooking items such as oil, salt, flour, sugar etc are also in the pantry.
    The bathrooms were spotless and there were plenty of towels, tissues, cotton buds etc. together with Black Barn handsoap, lotions and shampoo/conditioner. The only thing they didn't have that I would have liked (and this is a very personal quirk) is a magnifying mirror. The beds are very comfortable, again with plenty of extra pillows or blankets should you need them.
    The air conditioning, TV and Wifi all worked perfectly. There is a small library with books and a stack of magazines if you need something to read.
    At dusk a couple of small rabbits would come up and sit on the edge of the property, no doubt the gardener would not approve, but we thought they were extra cute.
    Yes, its expensive, but well worth the money. We will definitely be back.

    Date of stay: February 2022
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    Francis de Jager, Owner at Black Barn Retreats, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2022

    Hi Corrine,
    Wow - thank you for your amazing words! Poplars 2 is a very special retreat - that VIEW!?
    We are so thrilled that you enjoyed yourselves in the Hawke's Bay and this beautiful property.
    We look forward to you joining us again in the future.
    Kind regards, The BBV Team

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