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Reviewed 13 September 2016

What a fabulous place to escape to for our 50th. We had such a lovely time, the setting was perfect - great weather, plenty to explore, excellent accommodation to relax at... Val & Francis were just wonderful hosts - so friendly & welcoming and kept us well fed (loved the sticky date pud!!) Such happy memories have been created from this stay. We just can't wait to get back there!

Room Tip: Rooms in the front have the best view of the bay
  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank CarolS3963
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Reviewed 5 September 2016

From start to finish a great weekend ,with hosts Val and Francis really busy making sure all guests get the most out of their wonderfull paradise. A must stay for any family or couple.Thanks again,now to get my diet going after lovely meals.

Room Tip: Enjoy the views and flights.
  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank jcchaney
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Reviewed 29 August 2016

We've just returned from a wonderful relaxed weekend with Val and Francis at Shoal Bay Estate.

We booked a winter package deal which included return flights, 2 nights accomodation, transfers, car hire and breakfast for $600.

Our room was warm, clean and spacious and great value for money. The views were incredible too!

We arrived about 6pm on the Friday and enjoyed a relaxed evening with other guests. Val cooked us a beautiful dinner which included steak, snapper, spinach & feta pie and sticky date pudding. Dinner wasn't included in the deal but it was a bargain for an extra $35 each. The following morning, Val's breakfast was outstanding and saw us through both days until our dinner.

We spend our days taking advantage of the walks available on the island, spent some time on the beach and visited the hot springs too. The Saturday night we had a hearty dinner at the local sports club with other guests and watched the All Blacks game with the locals.

We highly recommend staying here if you're considering visiting the Island.

  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank polkaprincess2
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

This was one of the spur of the moment bookings and we are so glad we did it. Val and Francis are fantastic hosts, we spent the day doing the walking tracks and came back to a warm friendly atmosphere. Val is a great cook and we had dinner on our first night with others that had also booked in for the weekend, great laughs and stories told. The weather wasn't fantastic, with patches of rain but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of everyone.
Great kiwi hospitality.

  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Kiwisflythecoop
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Reviewed 3 August 2016

Val and Francis were extraordinary hosts. Comfortable (& warm) accommodation - topped off with great food and hospitality.
Val went above and beyond to help us with a problem we had with our flight - her local connections came through. We were blown away by the level of service.
As hosts Val and Francis were perfect for us. Friendly and welcoming, without being over the top. Gave us plenty of space and provided some great advice as to how to get the best from our stay.

Room Tip: Ask for the "Honeymoon Suite" upstairs - lots of space and a fantastic deck to view the bay.
  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank HamishM310
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