Ruby Bay, Mapua & the lights of Nelson provide the stunning backdrop for Kereru House at “The Bluffs” - located conveniently between Nelson, & Abel Tasman National Park and only an hour from Golden Bay. This superb self catering clifftop house features fabulous views, with Mount Arthur and NW Nelson ranges on one side and an uninterrupted view of D’Urville Island and Tasman Bay on the other. The large bright, airy lounge includes generous seating, cosy gas fire and a home theatre system. Along with the a self contained upstairs breakfast room, both rooms offer fabulour views along the coast and over the garden. With three balconies and a shady outdoor barbecue area, Kereru House oozes space to relax over a wine or coffee with a different view from every angle. Ideally situated between the Richmond and Motueka townships, Kereru House is only seven minutes drive from Mapua with its restaurants and shops and 40 minutes drive from Nelson city with its museums, art, wineries, shopping and superb dining. One of the many popular Nelson Great Taste/Cycle trails is only a two minute cycle ride away and cycle hire is available in nearby Mapua.
FACILITIES DETAIL: see our website http://www.kereruhouse.co.nz
• Quality bed linen including changes of linen from the linen cupboard (help yourself)
• Bath towels, beach towels, face flannels and basic toiletries - with spare towels available if needed
• Washing machine and clothes dryer
• Some basic cooking & laundry essentials see below
• Complimentary milk, tea, coffee, sugar. Coffee plunger
• Drinkable tap water. Water source is our own underground bore.
• Complimentary seasonal vegetables and fruit available from the adjacent garden and orchard
• Satellite TV, DVD, CD player via a “surround sound”, home theatre system. Music CDs and DVD movies
• Gas coal fire ( cosy open fire in a Victorian tiled fireplace) in the lounge/sitting room
• Heat pump downstairs
• Separate office with internet connection and telephone land line.
• Outside secluded BBQ area overlooking the bay
• Hair dryers
• Two upstairs balconies (off a bedroom and breakfast room)
• One downstairs balcony (off the lounge) and a glassed in porch (off the dining room)
Complimentary stocks of basic condiments:
• Salt & pepper
• Olive oil
• Soya sauce
• Balsamic Vinegar
• Tomato & Worcestershire sauce (homemade)
• Selection of two further homemade condiments
Breakfast provisions (complimentary)
• Home-made muesli
• Selection of commercial cereals
• Fresh milk
• Eggs and bacon for the first day.
Rooms are serviced after each three night stay. Limitations: No children sorry, because of the proximity of the cliff. No animals. We operate a smoke-free policy although guests are welcome to smoke outdoors.
LOCAL INFORMATION, TRAVELLING DISTANCES AND INFORMATION.
Walk to the beach or stroll round our property, admire the views and hand feed our cute Highland cattle.Close to beaches, Abel Tasman, Nelson Lakes and Kahurangi National Parks. Golf clubs, restaurants, shopping, museums and world class dining all within easy short driving distances.
Nearest city & town: Nelson ( pop. 42,000) – around 40 minutes drive from Kereru House. Motueka (pop. 6,000 ) is 15 minutes drive in the opposite direction.
Airport. NZ’s fourth busiest airport is only 30 minutes drive away. Most major rental car companies are represented.
Air travel to Nelson: Ex Auckland, approx 1-1/2 hours
Ex Wellington, approx 25 minutes
Ex Christchurch approx 40 minutes
Road travel to Nelson Ex Picton (from the Interisland ferry terminal), approx 2 hours drive
Ex Christchurch, approx six hours either coastal via Kaikoura or inland via
Lewis Pass & Murchison
Tasman & Ruby Bay stores (5 minutes drive in either direction) sell basic food and grocery items. Mapua Store (7 minutes drive) is a mini supermarket selling a wide range of food and grocery items including liquor.
This orchard property was purchased by Mary’s great grandfather in 1910. It was among the first apple orchards to be planted in this area, commonly referred to by locals as “The Bluffs” or “Moutere”. “Moutere clay” was and still is, well known for producing quality apples.
The property is still managed as a working orchard by Mary and husband Murray although Mary also has an off property job – managing volunteer services for the local Hospice. Mary’s parents, Anne and David Austin, recently left the orchard and moved into town. Kereru House is their previous home which has been completely refurbished. It was Anne’s hard work and inspiration that created the stunning garden around Kereru House – we are trying our best to maintain it up to her high standards!
We have also retained Anne and David’s enclosed vegetable garden and aim to keep it well stocked for our guests and our own use. Nearby trees of quinces, persimmons, plums, citrus varieties and of course apples are all available in season for our guests to help themselves.
The house is roomy, very clean and comfortable. Kitchen is very well equipped. Mary was most gracious as a host and navigator to local restaurants and sights. Used veggies from the garden for dinner, sitting out on the back deck while a couple of fantails kept us company. One evening, sitting on the upper "breakfast room" deck and enjoying the bay view, we were greeted by a Lady Amherst pheasant prancing just before us. Plums and clementines from the orchard, a comfortable, quiet bed. Very private and relaxing, but convenient to Mapua and some very good restaurants. Five stars awarded.
The property was as we had expected in a secluded location with views from several balconies out to sea. The house is well maintained and very clean, the added bonus being the weekly service which includes cleaning and change of linen. There is a good selection of cooking utensils and crockery though a hand mixer may be useful for longer stays if guests do much cooking. The garden is also well maintained and a vegetable patch offered fresh produce. The hosts are extremely welcoming providing a wealth of local information, fresh flowers on arrival not forgetting home baking, and some welcome basics in the fridge. A thoroughly relaxing venue but close to the Abel Tasman Park and shopping facilities as required. For those seeking a base to enjoy just living in New Zealand this is an ideal choice.
If you are fortunate enough to stay in this home, you will love it. The home was completely remodeled a few years ago. The owners have clearly thought about what is important to them when vacationing. They have done a great job of equipping and maintaining. Everything is well organized and spotless. The house is surrounded by an orchard and has spectacular ocean views. There are many nearby areas to explore. We particularly enjoyed Mapua (a nearby village where we rented bikes, ate at the wharf restaurants and returned a few times to the local bakery), Abel Tasman (hiking), and Golden Bay (a spectacular drive). We were sad to leave this beautiful place and hope to return.
Clifftop self contained, secluded boutique country house overlooking Ruby and Tasman Bay near Nelson:
Ruby Bay, Mapua & the lights of Nelson provide the stunning backdrop for Kereru House at “The Bluffs” - located conveniently between Nelson, & Abel Tasman National Park and only an hour from Golden Bay. This superb self catering clifftop house features fabulous views, with Mount Arthur and NW Nelson ranges on one side and an uninterrupted view of D’Urville Island and Tasman Bay on the other. The large bright, airy lounge includes generous seating, cosy gas fire and a home theatre system. Along with the a self contained upstairs breakfast room, both rooms offer fabulour views along the coast and over the garden. With three balconies, Kereru House oozes space to relax over a wine or coffee with a different view from every angle. Ideally situated between the Richmond and Motueka townships, Kereru House is only seven minutes drive from Mapua with its restaurants and shops and 40 minutes drive from Nelson city. Visit the WOW museum, enjoy water sports, sailing, swimming or kayaking, go skiiing in the winter or taste Nelson by visiting the many local wineries.
Totally private and self contained, Kereru House includes a fully and thoughtfully equipped kitchen, featuring all modern appliances and gas hob cooking. Enjoy generous breakfast provisions provided, including home-made condiments, baking, meusli and even bacon and eggs for the first night. Two bedrooms - one upstairs,and one down, each with their own adjacent bathroom. The spacious upstairs bedroom features a king size bed, stunning views and private balcony amongst the trees. The adjacent private bathroom includes a shower & the amazing 'loo with a view'. Look out over Tasman Bay from the downstairs bedroom with its super king bed (converts to two singles) and private adjacent bathroom (which includes a bath and shower). Quality linen is supplied and guests may help themselves to extra linen from the well stocked cupboard. The house includes a laundry (washing machine and dryer), and secluded office overlooking the garden tree tops and with free wireless internet and telephone land line with free local calls.
The fabulous garden setting at Kereru House (established over 30 years), is home to NZ Kereru (native wood pigeon), Tui and other native birds which are encouraged to visit with bird feeders and selective garden plantings. The views over the sea from the secluded outdoor barbeque are absolutely stunning. Add the various balconies around Kereru House and you have the ultimate in relaxation and comfort. No matter what the weather, there is always somewhere to sit and look at the view.
Kereru House is situated on a working apple orchard which was established in 1910. The friendly owners live nearby on the property and are happy to assist with local information, advice and general support if required. Guests are invited to help themselves from the large vegetable garden at Kereru House and pick fruit from the trees in season.
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Rates quoted are for two guests. Nightly rate for extra guests: $50 each guest up to a week or $25 each guest for a week or more. Kereru House is open from September 1st – May 30th although we are open to negotiation for long stay bookings during winter months (depending upon dates).