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The Hobhouse Suite

2 People │ Free Wifi │ Chef Cooked Breakfast

This luxury suite is named after the first Bishop of Nelson, Edmund Hobhouse, 1859-1865.  The suite is incredibly spacious comprising of three rooms and a balcony covering 75sqm.  When you enter the room you feel the elegance, with a luxurious sofa to sink into in front of the roaring fire or open the doors and sit out on the balcony and soak up the surrounds.  A well equipped kitchenette enables you to prepare light snacks.  After a busy day sightseeing, sink into the king bed with sumptuous pillows or wallow in the bath or under the high pressure rain shower.  We hope every minute spent here at the Hobhouse Suite is an absolute luxury escape. The bedroom can also be configured with twin beds.

The Facilities

Pihopa Retreat is set in 5.5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, giving you plenty of space to relax and wander. The luxurious suites provide a home away from home.  Our spacious and secluded villas have a bedroom and lounge area to relax in, or you can venture outside to soak up the atmosphere on the balcony.  You may be joined by cheeky fantails,  whilst watching weka and quails running across the lawn.

Onsite you have access to bikes to get you into town, or for the more adventurous enjoy a leisurely cycle on the Great Taste Trail. This takes you along a sparkling coastline, through picturesque countryside dotted with local art galleries, vineyards, and restaurants.

The heated swimming pool is available for use at any time.

The Facilities

Pihopa Retreat is set in 5.5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, giving you plenty of space to relax and wander. The luxurious suites provide a home away from home.  Our spacious and secluded villas have a bedroom and lounge area to relax in, or you can venture outside to soak up the atmosphere on the balcony.  You may be joined by cheeky fantails,  whilst watching weka and quails running across the lawn.

Onsite you have access to bikes to get you into town, or for the more adventurous enjoy a leisurely cycle on the Great Taste Trail. This takes you along a sparkling coastline, through picturesque countryside dotted with local art galleries, vineyards, and restaurants.

The heated swimming pool is available for use at any time.

What our lovely clients have said...

Best Hotel Ever!

This place is magical and without a doubt a must stay if anywhere near Nelson! We were amazed! There are only 6 rooms, cabins really. Immaculate, comfortable, modern, private and perfect! The service is 5 star.

Breakfast is included and very special, served in a chapel on grounds, evening appetizers are served in the pool house and are plentiful, every day in your room there are homemade desserts.

Because there is no restaurant on site, they make reservations for you at terrific restaurants and so that you don’t have to drive, you are given a debit card to pay a taxi to pick you up and bring you back at their expense. Amazing service.
This place doesn’t skimp on anything, service, food, comfort.

One evening we were too tired to go out to eat so we asked if we could just have cheese and crackers, Sarah had way more than cheese and crackers prepared for us and there was no charge when we checked out.
Best place we stayed and most memorable.

Teri L
Sherman Oaks, California

Simply stunning in every way!

Pihopa has the wow factor ! A warm welcome awaits at this amazing retreat. The rooms are sumptuous, with every amenity and treat such as delicious cake to have with afternoon tea. The view from our balcony was amazing, the vista taking you through trees down to the sea. Everything has been thought of to make your stay memorable and the host, Sarah goes the extra mile to make your time at this amazing place feel extra special. Breakfasts were just incredible – a feast for the eyes. We really enjoyed the complimentary drinks and canapés at 6pm in the pool house. A complimentary taxi would arrive to whisk you to dinner in town and was there to bring you back again. We loved every minute of our stay here and hope to be back soon!

TripAdvisor
Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom

A unique and fabulous place to stay

Just WOW! This was our favorite place over a six-week vacation in New Zealand and Australia. Only sorry we couldn’t stay more than 2 nights. As others have noted, it is perfection. The property — once an Anglican retreat and college — has been lovingly and beautifully restored and adapted into a luxurious hotel/5-star B&B. There are only six suites and they are spacious, with every amenity one could think of, and bathrooms to die for. Sarah, innkeeper extraordinaire, is a most gracious and warm host and thinks of everything. Rooms include a complimentary drinks/food bar with good wine, all kinds of treats, coffee, tea and fresh milk, and heavenly pastries baked fresh daily. The beds are beyond comfy and curling up in the leather armchairs before a gas fire each evening, wine in hand, was a delightful way to end the day.

Sarah makes reservations for dinner and cabs to and from the town are complimentary. The on-site breakfast is sumptuous, served in the original church, and a wine and canapes hour every evening was another treat. There’s also a heated pool, a wonderful spot to relax after a day of activity. I can’t say enough about the uniqueness of this place and only wish it were closer to the U.S. so I could visit regularly. If you’re planning to be in Nelson and the Abel Tasman Park area, this is THE place to stay.

TripAdvisor
New York City, New York

Pihopa Retreat – absolutely outstanding!

Sarah and Sam are phenomenal hosts. Their attention to detail is exemplary and the accommodations exceeded our expectations. They’ve created an environment of understated elegance, and calm with amenities that are beyond generous, and beyond 5 stars! Having traveled extensively, we’ve stayed at many luxury boutique hotels, chateaus etc; Pihopa Retreat stands out as an oasis of comfort and grace.

The suites are beautifully appointed with classic furnishings that are welcoming and not too formal. The “Afternoon Tea” cakes, tarts and homemade oatmeal cookies were delicious as were the breakfasts – best omelette I’ve ever had – and the evening hors d’oeuvres, also a special treat. In addition, they provided complimentary laundry service and transportation into town. Set in the hills overlooking Nelson, the lovely gardens and landscaping complete this idyllic retreat. If only it was closer to the East Coast of the US, we’d be frequent visitors. Thank you Sarah and Sam!

TripAdvisor
Ridgefield, Connecticut

Heaven in Nelson

When looking for the absolute possible best of everything in Nelson, look no further than Pihopa Retreat! The property is enchanting and Sarah the owner has anticipated your every need and desire! We arrived to a magnificent elegant english feel cottage equipped with complimentary fine teas, huge nespresso variety, Single Malt scotch, port Sherry, Sauvignon Blanc, juices, waters, freshly baked pastries, dark chocolate bar, potato chips and bowl of fresh fruit. There was a printed itinerary in our room with dinner reservations for two nights. We didn’t have to think of a thing! And restaurants were excellent! Lovely books in our room with the most comfortable bed and bedding. You can select from an array of special pillows and a merino wool blanket. The bathroom was lovely with two separate sink areas. No crowding! Evening, cocktails, and appetizers at 6 PM each night and Sarah arranged for a taxi pick up for us with her credit card to pay. Service a lovely, small gym, hot tub, and pool. Breakfast was delicious in the beautiful historic chapel on property. Without us asking, Sarah printed out Google Maps, highlighting routes and activities of the best of Nelson. Everything was perfect. We look forward to coming back next time and bringing friends.

Joy S
Bexley, Ohio

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Nelson 7011, New Zealand

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