My husband and I stayed a night before starting the central Otago rail track. I knew it was going to be lovely going in, but my expectations were exceeded-- several times. A welcoming glass of wine? Awesome. Homemade? Amazing. Cheese plate to go with? Wow. Hot tub? Beautiful sunsets? Breakfast was amazing too-- the only B and B in NZ we have stayed at that provided a hot breakfast. And all the fruits, preserves and juices were local (if not homemade). Thanks for your hospitality!
Had a very pleasant night's stay here after completing the Otago cycling trail from Middlemarch. Location is a 5 minute walk from the centre of town and it is a lovely old wooden house, full of character. I had come to expect a friendly welcome after staying in many B&Bs across New Zealand and the Hartley was no exception - the hosts were very friendly and they had lots of information about the local area and their own interests and experiences. Recommended.
Possibly the friendliest town in NZ, and having a real crack at the future. Hartley Homestead has its own story, but best left to the hosts to tell it (preferably over a glass of their own co-op wine, from the backyard vines). Their house really is your house for your stay. Plenty of good options for eating - but don't miss the homestead breakfast - and if there's something showing at The Best Little Cinema In Central Otago, go see it.
We booked a room at Hartley Homestead for our wedding night and it was perfect. We were so tired and when we arrived there was a bottle of wine waiting for us and the most comfortable bed you could imagine. The next morning we had a beautiful breakfast in the little dining room.
We only stayed the one night on our way through to Wanaka. The homestead is absolutely charming and the hosts very welcoming. We decided to host share the bathroom which was absolutely no issue at all. All spaces are comfortably luxurious while still being elegantly functional. (Our host) made our dinner booking for us at an excellent local establishment. Then on returning (the restaurant only a decent walk away) we hopped into the outdoor spa and relished a relaxing spa under a clear otago sky. Close by the vines and the apricot tree with the lights of the home a few metres away, what more could you ask for.
This place is a must! This home stay was fabulous. The bed was very comfortable, the grounds very spacious and expansive, the location was quiet and the hosts were amazing. It was within walking distance to a fabulous restaurant. Breakfast was fresh and very filling. Do yourself a favour and stay. They are motorbike friendly too.