Rick and I enjoyed our stay with you at The Manse in January, and it’s been my pleasure to mention you in my social media network and in Ranch & Coast Magazine, where I am the travel editor:
Boutique lodges in #NewZealand offer a chance to enjoy gracious Kiwi hospitality in luxurious surroundings. In the Hawke’s Bay region of the North Island, we stayed at The Manse and enjoyed great meals prepared by hosts Gary and Dietske Grootelaar. This is what #AuthenticTravel is all about. Via Facebook.
Thank you for a wonderful weekend. This is a special place thank you for sharing it with us. You are both fabulous hosts and so was the food. I hope we can come back again!
What an amazing find! A beautiful home on a wonderful farm, owned and operated by a talented and eager to please pair, Gary & Dietske. So many special touches added together to make a true 6 star experience with the added benefit of personalized service and attention. It doesn’t get any better than this. See you soon on Maui! Can’t wait to introduce you to the food & wine crowd there. Aloha!
What an extraordinary home! We’ve truly enjoyed our stay. Your hospitality & warmth have made us feel welcome. AND the food was fantastic.
Thank you for a wonderful two nights. Superb food and wine – fine dining. Stunning location. Window seat perfect for writing my journals of our trip. Thanks also for the useful advice on where to go as we head South. Good luck for your future success.
Thank you very much for picking us up after our wedding night. Fantastic hospitality and a lovely breakfast. Just what we needed.
“We are ruined now for ‘normal’ life. What an amazing place, so restful, so comfortable, so elegant… But what truly made it was Gary and Dietska, they are the ones who have put the heart into ‘The Manse’ in who they are and how they host. Most memorable night.”
A night at The Manse isn’t cheap, and if you’re on a strict budget it won’t be the place for you. If you’re looking for that rare combination of great service, friendly people and luxurious accommodation in a wonderful part of New Zealand, however, book in for a night or two with Gary and Dietske. Follow my travels here.
Just looked up again this marvelous photos of your wonderful Manse and felt immediately homesick. So summer is coming now in Germany we miss NZ and especially the time we were lucky to spent with you (Golfing and BBQ) in your splendid home. Thanks again so much. We will definitely be back. Best Alexandra & Joerg
The Manse is a truly beautiful place to stay with the most relaxing and accomodating hosts. Highly recommended to anyone who needs to be pampered. Thanks heaps to you both. Regards Paul and Julie.
WOW! We had such an exhilarating yet restful stay. I just wish we had more time to do more of your activities. The accommodation was perfect for us too – you made us feel so at home. Brilliant! – London –
What a wonderful stay. Thank you for making us feel so welcome. We’ll be telling everyone how lovely The Manse is and what gracious hosts you both are. If we’re ever back this way we’ll be sure to stay with you again. – New York –