5 stars rate
Tim and Jane
The property’s location is so unique – has a wonderful view towards Kaikoura bay. So full of character being made of many recycled materials. Comfortable and cosy. Bob’s memorabilia in the garage was so awe inspiring and took us into the past. Would certainly return if in the area.
My mum, sister and I stayed here for 2nights in January. We spent the whole month traveling around NZ and this was by far the best place we stayed! The views of the sea and mountains are amazing and you get to enjoy it all to yourselves.
This is a very unique property with a real heritage, a lot of character and views to die for. My son really enjoyed the daily routine of feeding pigs, collecting eggs and giving carrots to the donkey and the sheep. We had a great time.
This place, the buildings, the garden, the views and surroundings and the hosts too are unique. The retreat, like their private house, is constructed as something with a lot of history and in grand dimensions, yet is 20 years young. The very creative use of recycled building components makes you want to just stay in and around the house and go nowhere. Make sure you talk to Bob and Karen. And dont overlook the lovely farm animals. We will be back for sure. And for more days and with friends.
Absolutely stunning views, and very quirky character home, a true "artists retreat" loved the animals especially the rather 'ram'bunctious goat, we all had a fantastic stay, pity it was only 2 nights, highly recommend
We loved everything about this place! From the stunning location on a picturesque hill framed by mountains, with spectacular views of farmland and the Kaikoura coastline. This place was everything we had hoped for and more! The two story loft is cute and homely, with adequate facilities. (We liked that everything is re-used and recycled). We always thoroughly enjoyed meeting and feeding all your animals!! Was a great stay and will definitely plan to stay in the future. Thoroughly recommended!!!
What a magical place to spend Christmas. We loved every minute of our stay here. Nestled between the mountains and the sea, the Artist's Retreat was cozy, comfortable and great to come "home" to after visits to Kaikoura and surrounds. Views are amazing. Kids loved doing the rounds to feed the animals each day. Bob and Karen were welcoming and friendly - thanks for the Christmas cards etc! Will definitely be recommending this property to friends in future. Loved it.
Dates of Stay: 25/09/2012 - 28/09/2012
We had three wonderful days at Kaikoura which ended up being the highlight of our trip. Our close encounters with the seals and our accommodation at Artists Retreat went way beyond our expectations. We chose Artist's Retreat because it looked like it was in a nice setting and it was very well priced. We were blown away! The house, setting and views were absolutely magnificent. What you see in the photos is what you get but the experience is way better. We were so glad we chose to spend 3 nights here and not just pass through such a beautiful place as Kaikoura. Having the snow capped mountains and sea so close together along with all the activities was fantastic. We loved being up close with seal pups in the wild and later on watching adult seals from a safe distance. Kayaking was fun and the sheep shearing show was great value. At Artist's Retreat, Karen was away at the time but Bob was so welcoming and spent time with us showing us the animals, his cars and Karen's artwork. We loved feeding the donkey, sheep and the pigs: Maisy and Nina. We have some great videos to help us remember our wonderful time in Kaikoura. Upon reflection, we'd say Artist's Retreat would have to be one of the best places to stay in Kaikoura. Thank you Bob and Karen