We drove a beautifully scenic route from Twizel to the Otago peninsula, making several stops along the way and arrived at the Yellow House mid-afternoon. We were warmly welcomed by Jan and shown to the Starry Suite and were very pleased with our choice of accommodation.
The location is perfect, raised above the water's edge, set back from the road and just an easy 10 minute walk from the pretty little village of Portobello. The views from both the garden and the suite are beautiful, especially at high tide when little Pudding Island is surrounded by water.
The suite itself was spacious with a big comfortable bed and lovely lounge area all flooded with natural light from the many windows. There is a second lounging area and also a small dining table and chairs.
Breakfast each morning was taken in the Tower (a little square turret set at the top of the house) from where we enjoyed beautiful views and a delicious freshly prepared breakfast.
We walked to the 1908 restaurant, in Portobello, both evenings and were very impressed by the quality of the food and the ambience of the place. We were also delighted that we had chosen the Otago Peninsula rather than Dunedin as we loved the area and spent our time exploring it by using the unmade but good rough roads.
Like a previous reviewer we do not normally stay in B&Bs but in New Zealand this proved to be so excellent that we could be converted! The Yellow House was delightful and we would stay here again if in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked into a lovely little bay just above the enchanting “Pudding Island” and before you reach Portobello itself is one of the Peninsula’s original treasures. The 'Yellow House,' as it is known to the locals, dates back to the 1890s and is now a unique sanctuary, offering a variety of luxury accommodation to both the discerning and weary traveller alike. The 'Starry Suite' is situated in a separate wing off the main house. The large bedroom and private relaxation areas offer breathtaking views of the harbour and nearby Pudding Island. A large glass ceiling over the sitting area means guests can gaze up at the star-filled Southern skies on clear nights. A two-person spa bath features in the large en-suite bathroom. Television in own private sitting area. The 'Bedroom' is set in the original house and offers delightful views of both the harbour and garden. So close to the water, guests can listen to the calming sounds of the harbour whilst lying in the beautiful queen-sized bed. A separate entrance and ensuite allow guests the privacy to enjoy the comfort and serenity provided by The Bedroom. ... more less