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Review of House Of Wood
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 Nov 2013
My wife and I stayed here during a tour of South Island as we were going to Doubtful Sound. On our arrival Merle greeted us and showed us to a double room with on-suite.
The room was quiet and very comfortable. Merle invited us to dine with them as it was a quiet time and no other gusts were in that night. A delightful meal and friendly company. Next day before we left Merle booked our cruise for Doubtful Sound and prepared a picnic lunch.
We would highly recommend House of Wood and if we return to Te Anau we would not stay anywhere else
Date of stay: February 2013
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

I want to pre-empt this review by saying that the owner of the House of Wood is lovely. Unfortunately, it's a bit harder to find something nice to say about this accommodation...

We had high hopes for the House of Wood - the place looks amazing on the website. When we arrived, we were completely underwhelmed (not a plank to be seen!). Our accommodation was not at the main house, but rather, a very tired and musty little bunker a few streets away. The tired, gloomy and bizarrely decorated place that greeted us was not at all what we expected - and things got worse pretty quickly. Along with a few fairly major hiccups - the central heating didn't work, and the hot water system had been shut off (no hot showers!), we were plagued with a range of minor issues. The owner forgot to take us through the convoluted process required to lock the doors; the remote for the tv didn't work; the whole house was rank with the smell of damp/mould; the bathrooms weren't clean (in fact, we were somewhat puzzled to find draws full of partially used soap in - literally 50 bars of used soap!). We discovered a hole in the laundry wall that had been plugged up with a pair of mens undies – innovative yes, but I can think of better options. The laundry itself was grimy and dirty, with rubbish, plastic bags and cleaning products stacked all over the place. The outdoor setting was mouldy and unstable - and an unfortunate little bird had expired, and was slowly decomposing, by the back door. Frankly, the whole place had a 'murder house' vibe, and we were glad that our days were spent far, far away...

Date of stay: November 2012
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Merle665, Owner at House Of Wood, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2013

I am upset that the visitors did not mention any of these problems to us at the time and that it took them 11 months to write the review. I think calling it the "murder" house was harsh. We didn't kill the bird.
We had a problem with rain water coming into the house in places and had it fixed but the plumber was the problem.
They will be pleased to know that we have done major renovations on the cottage mentioned, and have a new kitchen, laundry and flooring throughout so that should solve the problems in future.

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Reviewed 21 July 2013

Wee recently had the opportunity to stay in Te Anau for 3 nights. The House of Wood proved to be a very nice Bed and Breakfast with fine owners who were very helpful with our travel arrangements. Breakfast was always great and were very pleased.

Date of stay: June 2013
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Reviewed 13 April 2013

I’m so glad we booked House of Wood. It was our first time in NZ and after a very long flight from England and a two hour car drive House of Wood, Te Anau was the first stop of our holiday. Meryl is a lovely lady, and even though she was rushed off her feet cooking for other guests, she made us feel very welcome after our long journey, settling us in beautifully (the bed was so comfortable). Breakfast on both mornings was exceptional and her homemade bread is really really good (I should have asked for her recipe). Both she and her husband Cliff were both very knowledgeable and helpful in where to go and what walks to do, especially as my husband has knee problems when walking any great distance. I can’t recommend House of Wood enough, great location, good friendly company, clean and comfortable, excellent food, what more can I say! Thank you for a lovely stay.

Date of stay: March 2013
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Reviewed 11 March 2013

We had a very enjoyable stay at the House of Wood. Merle gave us lots of helpful info, including info on a short drive up to a viewpoint over Te Anau and surrounding areas which was truly beautiful. Breakfasts were yummy and we could choose what we wanted on our cooked breakfast. The room was more than adequate for a short stay and the views of the mountains from the balcony was lovely. Excellent place to stay in Te Anau, which is a good base if you want to do the glow worms trip (highly recommended) and the Milford Sounds cruise (a MUST!) which we did. Also great if you want to do any hiking as we saw there were lots of tracks in the area. Lots of shops and restaurants just round the corner from the B&B - not to mention the beautiful lake.

Date of stay: March 2013
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Reviewed 10 March 2013

This is a very nice B&B with 3 different room configurations. We had a double with ensuite - big comfortable bed, lovely linen, good bathroom with lovely soft towels. Merle does all her own laundry including ironing the sheets, so it was all very comfortable. Breakfast was excellent with several choices and home made bread - pity I am gluten free! Just a short stroll to the little town, shops and restaurants.

Room tip: Choose the configuration you need as one room does not have an ensuite
Date of stay: March 2013
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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