Guest Book Reviews The Loft bed and breakfast
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Ros and Alan - Wanganui / Boca Raton Florida USA
My wife and I have stayed at numerous bed and breakfasts, but this was tops. Iris and John allowed us into their drop-dead gorgeous home, and in the process, outdid the look by the classic service they provide. There is not a stroke missed at the Loft, from the unbelievable artwork (much of it painted by John himself), to the impeccable breakfasts they serve, to the gorgeously decorated bathroom,to the comfortable and warm bedrooms-unique in New Zealand homes, usually known for their low R-factors (poor insulation). As it turns out, their taste in furnishings and art are identical to ours, and that made our two-night stay even better. Next visit to Hawke's Bay, make a point of staying at the Loft. Ref. TripAdvisor
Deb - Wellington
Thank you for a lovely relaxing stay and friendly welcome.
The art is stunning! This is my favourite poem I would love to share with you.
May the calm be widespread
May the sea glisten like pounamu
And may the shimmer of summer
Forever dance across your paths.
Bill Hogg - Kent UK & Canterbury NZ
Thank you very much for a wonderful introduction to Hawke's Bay. I have thoroughly enjoyed my stay in your wonderful home. The breakfasts were to die for, especially the muslie. Till next time
The Proper Family Tauranga Ex Utah USA
Mon, 2 April 2012
We have had such lovely time staying here. You two are so sweet to take in our family. You are our new adopted New Zealand Grandma and Grandpa. we all felt so welcomed and right at home. The food was so amazing and yummy! Between the gorgeous gardens and beautiful art, we are so impressed with your gifts and talents! God Bless you - All our love :-) The proper Family
Hannah and Roy - Matamata NZ
Thanks for a wonderfully relaxing stay. You are great hosts; really going out of your way for us. Coffee was brilliant, as was the breakfast. Great place to spend our honeymoon!
Christina - NYC USA
Thank you so much for a wonderful stay. You guys were so welcoming and the room/breakfast was perfect. Was happy to have my first Kiwi in NZ as well. Will definitely recommend to my S. African friends to come down from Rotorua for a visit. Thanks!
Georgina and Kent - Palmerston North
Iris and John - Thank you so much for a fantastic get-a-way from Manawatu! Beautiful house with magnificent views! We especially enjoyed the morning visit to the studio - very inspiring :-) and hope to be back for more! Thank you and Blessings
Cathy and Linz - Brisbane Australia
Words cannot express our enjoyment and delight at being pampered and made feel at home in this wonderful part of the world. We loved every moment of your home. Thank you so very much for your incredible generous hospitality. You are truly beautiful people.
Mike and Nina - Wellington NZ
Sun, 25 March 2012
Thank you for your hospitality and warmth. It truly made our stay in Havelock North more enjoyable. Simply superb breakfasts.
Barbara, Sheridan, Jean - Berkley California USA
Fri, 16 March 2012
What can we say? An absolutely dazzling experience in every way. Thank you for everything.
Beatrice - Scotland
I am blown away by the gentle and wonderful hosts John and Iris who opened up their stunning home The Loft to unsuspecting travellers.
The comfort and divine food is so special and New Zealand at its best, was served to us.
It is true to say I will never forget this short and sweet stay. The garden and the views are stunning and your home is so beautiful with the personal touches of John's paintings and Iris's photography.
Thank you for being "John Brown" to the "Royal Visitors" from UK: USA. The 'Big Boy' Bagpipes was great - With much love and thanks xx
Marilynn and Dennis - Scotland - Wyoming - NZ
Close friends and family together from overseas. Very happy to spread the word around the globe of the most wonderful and indeed the very best that New Zealand Bed and Breakfast hospitality could ever offer. Nothing seems to be too much effort for John and Iris in their endeavour tio make this the most happiest, most comfortable and most memorable stay.
John playing "Highland Cathedral" on the bagpipes and then playing for the sisters to dance the "sword dance' (first time for 50 years!) was very very special. Now we look forward to offering Iris and John our humble hospitality on their travels.
With Love and Thanks
Pennie and Gary - Wyoming USA
Our hearts and souls are filled with the joy of tender and gracious hospitality. A treat indeed to share in the home and talents and John and Iris. We will relsih this time as a true and lasting experience of New Zealand people and places.
We truly want to share our part of the world with the two of you! Westward Ho! With great fondness.....
Merlene - Hancock England
I have enjoyed my stay so much with the views and surrounds so breath-taking. Iris and John are so obliging in every way and their accommodation is A1.
I do love New Zealand as both my daughters are here with their families so I visit here quite often. It's so good relaxing, shopping in the village!!!!
Rob and Heather - Ontario Canada
In the midst of our tour of the North Island your B & B has been a wonderful find. Your welcoming when we arrived set the stage and we are very appreciative of your style. What a great way to get a sense of the culture of a new area. We love the house and the art - hope to see you soon.
Mike and Francie - BC - Canada
Iris and John....thank you so much for a lovely oasis from our cycling. Enjoyed your company so much and sharing our remembrances of Jerome Arizona. Very thoughtful of you to provide such a welcome "appy" spread and introduce us to the pink savvy. Do look us up if ever in Victoria, we love company and sharing our piece of paradise. Warmest wishes.
Odette and Gunther - Germany
Thank you for that wonderful welcome. We enjoyed our stay in Hawke's Bay.
The breakfast was very delicious with extraordinary decoration. Now we leave as pampered persons and hope to come back again once a time..
Tom, Ruth, Justin, Paula; Ireland, Africa, Africa, New Zealand
Thank you very much for a wonderful stay. Beautiful artworks and rooms to relax and enjoy the time relaxing. - Best wishes
Denis and Helen - Auckland New Zealand
Fabulous B&B with fabulous hosts. Wonderful breakfasts, superb decor and John and Iris offer hospitality that is very special. We have had a wonderful stay and can truly recommend this accommodation.
We hope to see you again soon.
Adrian & Andoria - Sydney Australia
We had an absolutely wonderful stay over 2 nights in this beautiful and warm house.
Iris and John were perfect hosts. And beautiful gardens , home cooking. Yes, delicious cooking Iris thank you, and I love your gardens, very inspiring! Both talented and gifted, John with the brush and Iris with the Kai - God Bless x0x
Rebecca and Ian - Kapiti Coast NZ
A lovely home with an amazing outlook and beautiful garden, and thank you to the cheeky birds having a bath. One night is not enough - Thank You!
Lisa and Todd Melbourne Australia
Amazing hosts, beautiful property and fabulous bathroom! Would love to have stayed a few more nights. Highly recommend to anyone and will try to return soon! The Muesli was amazing!!
Amy and Glyn - Wellington NZ
Thank you so much for your hospitality. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay here (for 5 nights). You have a fantastic home and a wonderful view.
We both loved your beautiful breakfasts and you made us feel very welcome.
Iris, thank you very much for the lovely montage of photos on my wedding day. We will be back to stay again sometime soon. - Take care.....XX
Bill and Sally - Spain
A very enjoyable two nights in your wonderful home. Love the design, comfy bed, fab linen and great bathroom - really love your extra touches, very much appreciated - think you do an amazing job - well done, keep up the good work!
Great to meet you both, you are always welcome to stay at our home in Spain.
Terry and Barbara - Whakatane NZ - Colin & Audrey - UK
We are so pleased to have shared two nights of hospitality and the warmth of the atmopsphere that you have created here. It was an added bonus to share our time here with Bill and Sal. If you get to Whakatane do come and see us.
Terry and Barbara have said it all - we loved our time here. Thank you from two Brits, Colin and Audrey
Laurie and Carroll - Olympia Washington State USA
Dear Iris and John - We owe you so many thanks for wonderful visits here, in Sedona and Oregon.
Your generosity in making our stays memorable is much appreciated. From the loan of the bikes to excursions to special places.
John, you are an ispiration with your painting and piping. What fun it was to see and hear your pipes and outift (Kilt)
Iris, you too are inspirational and we hope to send you some photos as we learn more.
Many many warm thanks
Jane and Steve - UK
Truly and artistic experience. Beauty, comfort and hospitality. Thank you.
Bill and Romana USA
EXCEPTIONAL! Enjoyed it.
Pauline and Russell - Wanganui NZ
Fantastic experience. Great company and conversation.
Matina & Andreas - Germany
What a great stay with the best hosts you could wish for. John - Iris, thank you for your wonderful hospitality.
Paul and Katrina - Tauranga NZ
Superb, we had a wonderful stay/ lovely people.
Mel & Craig UK
Beautiful setting, wonderful breakfasts and delightful and helpful company. It was a truly lovely stay.
Jen & Phil - Canada
Gorgeous home, gracious hosts, wonderful company. Thank you so much!
David and Sue - UK
Our first B&B in NZ. I don’t think we’ll find any better. Thanks for a wonderful stay.
Graham and Pauline - Hampshire England
Thanks for a wonderful stay. Absolutely delightful
P.L & B.S. Perth Australia
Expansive and generous hospitality. Delicious gourmet breakfasts. Wonderful restful 3 days. Thanks so much Iris and John
Niall Quigley, Ireland
Luxurious accommodation matched by the Spittle's hospitality make for a resplendent stay. Thank you!
J & E Pederson - Wairarapa
Thank you for indulging us. We loved your art and travel memories.
Penttu, Kirsi, Raimo & Raija - Finland
Thank you for your great hospitality. It was a pleasure to have my 60yrs birthday party with you Iris and John.
Bruce and Cyndee Fehring - Hawaii
Thank you for a wonderful week's stay. Great accommodation and company. Well done!
Juan & Carol Sable - Isle of Man
Fantastic place. We were really made to feel welcome - great hosts. (5 stars)
Andrew & Joanne Starchurski - Brisbane Australia
Wonderfully warm hospitality and simply gorgeous surroundings & scrumptious food - Thank you
Mary and Mike Meaney - UK
Lovely sheets, lovely bathroom, lovely ambiance; in fact, lovely everything!
Bruce and Cyndee Fehring - Hawaii
First rate! Top shelf! Nothing to be improved. The Queen herself should count herself a lucky lady if she had the good fortune to stay a few nights at “The Loft”. John and Iris are consummate host and hostess, world travelers with a view to the satisfaction of their guests. 10/10
Alice and Jay Hall, Australia
Lovely setting, conversation and food. Returning “home” was made even more pleasurable by John and iris’ hospitality.
Steve and Robyn Frank, Maryland, USA
A Lovely home. Thank you for your hospitality and understanding.
Prof. Barbara Einhorn, UK
What can I add. Luxurious bed and bathroom – and lovely as well as imaginative talented hosts – a dream stay.
Dr Paul Oestreicher Brighten, UK
B&B can only BETTER AND BEST. Not just fantastic art, but breakfasts that are out of this world and the kind of warm welcome that is Aotearoa at its best.
Annabel Whinham, NZ
We couldn’t ask for a better Homestay experience – gorgeous home, charming hosts, wonderful breakfasts, lovely views. We will definitely recommend and return ourselves. Thank you so much. A great impression for overseas travellers too. 6 star accommodation!
Elaine Engman, Wellington
Beautiful house, warm and comfortable 10/10.
Robert Scotcher, NZ
WOW. What wonderful hosts, accommodation and food. We cannot rate The Loft highly enough. We were made to feel welcome from the moment we arrived and will definitely be going back.
Catherine and Jeremy, Big Sky Wines, Martinborough
You don’t find hospitality like this in many parts of the world! Wonderful!
Everitt and Doris, Germany
Thank you for the sharing of yourselves and your country. What a delight!
E & G Lineham, Wellington
Exceeded expectations – a wonderful stay.
Charmayne and John, Melbourne, Australia
Thank you for a beautiful few days and such heavenly breakfasts.
Kim and Leroy, Queensland
Thank you for your warm hospitality and sensational breakfasts. Have enjoyed our time immensely.
Ros and Ken, Langford, UK
Everything we imagined and more. A paradise in New Zealand. Wonderful hosts.
Ann, Ingemar, Katarina & Mats, Sweden
Thank you for an unforgettable stay, fantastic dinner and bagpipe music.
A home brimming with art, style, fine food, warmth and friendliness, thank you.
Anternit and Theo, Nederlands
All we want to say has been said before but we had the feeling that you all made and did it just for us. Thank you for letting us feel very special. Hope to come back.
Jill and John, Australia
A wonderful stay with delightful hosts and superb food, thank you.
Jim and Jane, USA
Thank you so much, marvellous food, conversation and hospitality
Martina & Andreas - Germany
What a great stay with the best hosts you could wish for. John and Iris, thank you for your wonderful hospitality.