Falling in Love

With New Plymouth….

This reviewer/blogger really touched me with their enthusiasm for the little part of the world that I’ve made my new home.


NewPlymouth-40-1030x580image courtesy of Dan Flying Solo

“New Plymouth is without a doubt my favourite city in Aotearoa.”

“slowly but surely New Plymouth got under my skin, and to my surprise, found it’s way to my heart.”

“If there were more work opportunities in a city that holds around 2% of New Zealand’s population, and only welcomes around 2% of the country’s international tourists, I would likely have settled down some roots for a while.”


I get quite emotional reading and hearing others views of this region that I now call home…

I love hearing about guest’s experiences, bumping into them in town during their stay (happens most often when our dog Weston is being naughty in the park or on the beach, or when Rod and I steal away for a wine at the Hour Glass.)  It always reminds me of how we fell in love with this place.  Rod, from being away for 10+ years, and seeing the town transform from his days in Stratford, and for me, seeing the balance of vibrancy and calmness.  I knew we could find beauty here, little did I know we could make our dream of owning the House our reality.  Goosebumps!

Our region


“a scenic, gastronomic and artistic haven”

Ever since Taranaki was voted as the one of the top places in the world to visit in 2017 (number 2 to be exact) we have had many eyes on our beloved place.  It’s great to see the press experience just what we and our guests love about this amazing region.



As I mainly work at home, for and by myself… I am always looking for ways that I can connect with fellow small business owners.

I’ve joined some groups of fellow B&B owners on Facebook and really enjoy being able to bounce ideas off of this very professional group, many of them in the Northern Hemisphere.

The topic of blogging came up recently, and I was able to view some of their blogs….I’ve fallen in love with this one:




Photo courtesy of the Old Square Inn

I just need to meet Nancy, the Owner and Innkeeper of the Old Square Inn B&B in Lancaster Pennsylvania.  I want to visit her kitchen and have a wee dram of Cranberry, Orange Vodka and just share a bit of the goss about this great industry….


Well done Nancy!



For the second year, we are so excited to be recipients of Booking.com’s Guest Review Awards!  Thank you to all of our fabulous guests for taking the time to share their thoughts on the House, their experience and this amazing place we live in!

Thank you!

Happy New Year


We’ve had a fabulous start to the year with guests in from Israel, Germany, the UK and the Netherlands, a few brides and grooms – it’s been amazing.

We love recommending local places and restaurants and experiences that we’ve enjoyed in New Zealand.  After recommending a local winery in Martinborough our guests wrote to us…..

“We mentioned your names and they found us a table today- it was really fantastic thank you so much as I am sure it made the difference for us getting in!”

I just loved reading this, it gave me goosebumps.

Here is to a year filled with great adventures, good health, and to our fabulous guests!

-Rachel & Rod (and Ms. Weston….)





We had a fun day at the House yesterday…a local chef, Helen Filtcroft has expanded her business, Cook Learn Love to provide cooking classes in local hotels and B&Bs.

The Taranaki Daily News were here and covered one of the lessons and created a lovely video you can see here:  http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/84665018/chef-expands-cooking-classes-into-the-hotel-room-market

It’s fabulous to think of little local experiences that we can offer our guests.  We love food and wine, and to to be able to offer local talented chefs to come to the House is just a fabulous combination.