Location / Nearby Abel Tasman Stables
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Motels and homestay bed and breakfast.Located in tranquil garden setting close to beach and only five minutes walk to the entrance of the world famous Abel Tasman National Park.Two excellent restuarants, a great takeaway and well stocked shop just a few minutes walk away.
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Very friendly and hospitable
We turned up about 9:30 in the morning, without a booking, and George the owner showed us straight to a very spacious, clean and comfortable apartment. The breakfast next day was excellent, home grown duck or hen eggs, and good conversation. A very interesting chap and a good place to stay.
Leon and Pam Phillips
Outstanding host and accommodation, free wi-fi, laundry available, near entrance to park, restaurants and shop
For twenty-five years, George Bloomfield's warm hospitality at the Abel Tasman Stables has been a highlight of the year for us and our family and friends. He is a delightfully cheerful and competent person whose kindness and consideration for others is outstanding. One English guest has returned each year for ten years for a lengthy stay. During one long stay we had breakfast with English and later American, French and Australian guests. Breakfast was served by a French waiter, one of his ‘woofers’, who come from all over the world to help on organic farms, in return for food and lodging. George's house is half-way up a quiet, bushy hill and has a lovely view over giant ferns to a pond, huge lawn, trees and the sea. No neighbours are visible. Local wildlife such as weka, quail and pukeko wander round his beautiful garden, along with his chickens and tame ducks, which return to their shelter at night. Tuis and bellbirds contribute to the birdsong. As well as being an excellent cook - his cereal, yoghourt, fruit, juice and cooked breakfasts are scrumptious - George is extremely knowledgeable about the Abel Tasman and tourism in New Zealand. He can advise about the Abel Tasman Track, water taxis, kayaking, wildlife tours and local restaurants, as well as trips around New Zealand. He has lived in Marahau longer than anyone else, with many breaks for trips overseas. George is so highly regarded in the area that a bulldozer driver, and then a crane driver who was shifting house, drove their bulldozer and crane over the Marahau Hill on New Year’s Eve to retrieve a guest’s trailer yacht which had slid off the drive onto a steep slope. Then George’s grandson launched the yacht with a bulldozer so it could reach Bark Bay for a family gathering. A former racehorse trainer, George used to conduct horse treks from the Stables, and later taught English at a Cambodian university. We heartily recommend the Abel Tasman Stables for a restful, friendly and memorable stay. Pam and Leon Phillips …
A hidden gem! Don’t be fooled by uptight reviews.
First things first, I’m genuinely baffled by the negative reviews that are listed for George’s B&B. We were initially going to stay at the barn up the road, but fancied something a little nicer as we’re travelling as a couple - so decided to go for a wander and see what was available in the local area. Luckily we found ourselves walking up George’s drive and were met with a big smile! Both my girlfriend and I couldn’t believe our luck at finding such a snug B&B run by one of the nicest people we’ve ever met. George is a wonderful person with a fantastic heart that shines through with every conversation. The room was very comfortable and clean, with everything we could have ever needed. The bathroom opened up to a patio out the back where we could watch the chickens, ducks and wildlife in and around the beautiful grounds that are clearly well looked after. The free WiFi was fantastic and always an added bonus when travelling with limited phone signal. We absolutely loved the freshly cooked breakfast or FEAST that was on offer. Cereals, yoghurts, toast and eggs (from George’s chickens) cooked however you like. All in all, we’d 100% come back if we’re this side of the world again not only for the location to Abel Tasman National Park, but for the chats we had with George that really put life into perspective in a glorious manner. If you’re uptight and looking for the Ritz, book someone else as this is a snug B&B with a wonderful host in a beautiful area. Simple as that. Thanks George and we wish you all the best for the future, Ed & Leanne. …
Very homely, lovely location
We were desperately looking for a 1 night break from our busy Nelson business. George was a lovely host and the property is in an idyllic location just back from the Abel Tasman park entrance and the 2 local restaurants. The house has lovely views - it is more of a 'homestay' than a true Bnb, but George puts in lots of effort and gave us a lovely breakfast in the morning.
Lovley place and warm hearted owner!
Stayed there for 2 weeks and loeved it, frsh oranges from the tree fresh egg from georgs chicken nice bars around and absolutly beautifull for hikes! The perfect place to ground yourself and relax! When i ever go back to nz i will be there!