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Atholwood Country Accommodation

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Please note that this guide was last updated a few years ago (2009), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Ian and Sarah Cole
118 Bronte Road East, Mapua, Nelson, Nelson

Tel: + 64 (0)3-540-2925
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Fax: + 64 (0)3-540-3258

Atholwood once languished as a disintegrating bed and breakfast before it was blessed with its new and current owners, Ian and Sarah. They drastically renovated it into a contemporary, purpose-built, cedar lodge that caters for the most pernicity of travellers.....

.... The three suites were designed by Sarah, right down to the iconic ferns she has personally sewn into the sheets. Everything’s there: a large shower, comfy king-size bed, robes, wireless Internet, full Sky, DVD and CD player. Atholwood also caters for young families with unpredictable, still-to-be-fully-socialised junior members, with the practical self-catering Gatehouse. It sits up the back of the rolling hillside section that quails, tuis, wood pigeons, pukekos and kingfishers all call home. The garden is ideal for games of spotlight, with paths snaking through native trees such as rimus and kowhais, and exotic plants like the alien-looking stagleaf fern. Beside the water’s edge sits a saltwater pool, deckchairs and a jetty that looks like something out of the Wind in the Willows, with a picnic table hovering over the Waimea inlet, an estuary that completely ebbs away to mud, then magically floods again hours later. I sacrificed a sleep-in for this view. By leaving my curtains open, I faded into sleep admiring distant flickering lights over still waters; I woke to the sun strolling over the horizon and mildly casting a soft citrus beam into my window, as if to suggest: “life’s good, get up and make the most of it.”

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Rooms: 2 suites with kings and en/s shower; 1 fully self-contained apartment with king and en/s shower; and the Gatehouse cottage at the entrance to the grounds which is self-contained with 1 superking and shower, and 2 queen rooms with a shared shower.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full complimentary breakfast with the B&B rooms, and breakfast provisions provided for the self-contained rooms.
Directions: From Nelson City, take SH6 past Richmond. Turn right in SH60. Continue 10 minutes to Bronte Road East on right. Travel 1km to Atholwood Country Accommodation on right.

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