When: 4 January 2007 to 7 January 2007
Who: My husband and I
Why: A short romantic escape
Accommodation Details: Malcolm and I stayed at Telegraph Hill – a 17 acre olivery on Te Mata Hill – only three kilometres outside of Havelock North. There are two villas on the property, which are private and completely separated from one another and the hosts’ residence by olive trees.
We stayed in Villa One – the smaller and more intimate of the two villas. It sleeps two in a large queen bedroom; however, a portacot is available at no charge and would fit comfortably in either the bedroom or the lounge area. The kitchen is well stocked with the fixings for your first morning’s breakfast and plenty of condiments and pantry staples, including some of Telegraph Hill’s very own gourmet food product range. Next to Villa One is a floodlit astroturf tennis court for the night-time/evening tennis enthusiast. The hosts’ residence, a little further up the hill, has an infinity swimming pool available for guests’ use.
Telegraph Hill is an experience for all the senses: the feeling of the sun and breeze on your skin, the sound of the resident tui singing, the aroma of rosemary thick on the air, and of course the taste of good food enjoyed alfresco style while admiring the fantastic view from your hillside vantage point. Absolutely magic!
Things To Do:
- Te Mata Artisan Cheese Factory and The Cheese Cafe
- Terroir Restaurant at Craggy Range Winery
- Black Barn Village Growers Market
- Shopping in Havelock North
- Take a drive up Te Mata Peak
- Visit the local wineries
- Dine out
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The Verdict: In my humble opinion, a romantic retreat should be just that: a retreat from day-to-day life in order to spend time with your partner… so the less time spent away from the villa, the better! Relax in the sunshine, dine outdoors, and enjoy the stunning vista together. If that’s all you do, then you will go home revitalised and with very fond memories of your stay at Telegraph Hill Villas.
On the other hand, those of you who like to get out and about will not be disappointed with the activities on offer in and around Havelock North: visit the wineries and beaches, enjoy the cuisine, stop by one of the local produce markets, go shopping in the village, or even take a ride in a hot air balloon! The sky is the limit (excuse the pun!)