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the most peaceful retreat with wonderful hosts
15 November 2007
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I was nervous about the eco bit - but Beaconstone proves it can be done and still be comfortable. Totally off the grid but comfortable, all the essentials and luxuries too. Spacious rooms, great kitchen, warm, good showers and don't be scared of the compost toilets, no unpleasantness at all. Great hosts too - we spent Christmas 06 with them and Grae and Nancy completely ruined all of us. run to it.

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glorious views and peace overlooking the Otago harbour
15 November 2007
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Up a steep gravel drive (floor it and don't stop!) to the purpose-built Billy Browns. Get the double for unbelievable views, put your feet up in the lounge with a good book or cook up in the immaculate modern kitchen. Wander down through the fields if a cruise ship is coming and wave as it passes by below you. Billy Brown is a great cheery Kiwi host and his English wife Anne is also lovely. Another NZ standard setter.

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perfection at the Road's End
15 November 2007
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getting to Hopewell is a mission; a 2 hour winding drive from the turn off or a water taxi, but it is so worth it. We visited in early 07 , they'd just opened a new kitchen which is everything you'd need, together with an adjacent comfy lounge. The room was also perfect. They took us out collecting mussels and the whole hostel gorged itself on the results (all free too!). You can kayak, cycle, fish and walk, or just relax (mind the sandflies though). Very friendly owners (coffee and cake on arrival!) and totally deserving of their continued BBH top ratings. book ahead though.

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