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What our guests are saying:

Thank you, we felt like cats at home: cozy, well-fed, warm & safe. Thanks for the lovely conversations.

Daniel & Lysbert, March 2016

Always love to stay at the Retreat Inn. Alison & Geoff are the loveliest of hosts & the accommodation is wonderfully comfortable. Top class!

Helen & Steve, Scotland, April 2016

I've experienced my stay as lovely. You've made me feel at home Alison & Geoff. I can tell by the way you run your B&B that you love people. How wonderful is that! Thank you so v much.

Jorrit, Netherlands, June 2016

Great place, quiet, nice room, super breakfast, fascinating ceiling :-) Great jam!!

Bennie & Gerda. Netherlands.  March 2015

Many thanks for your great hospitality and great chats. Made us feel really at home. Lovely breakfast and room.

John and Carol, Brighton, UK. January 2014

Well - this is our second time in a year .... that says it all! Thank you & see you at Leicester Meadows sooooon ....

Bob and Sara. December 2013

Wonderful home, great chats, friendly, warm and comfortable. Will come again. Many thanks - just what we needed.

Kate & Rob. November 2013

Thanks for a delightful stay in your beautiful house.  So peaceful and the view from our bedroom was great - loved all the tree ferns and agapanthus. Philip was envious of the boat, radio controlled model planes and helicopters.
Only wished we could have stayed longer. Best wishes.

Jean & Philip, Lymington, Hampshire UK. February 2012

We had such a lovely time at your place! Allison and Geoff are such good host, we felt as if we were leaving friends when we had to head north at the end of our stay in Picton. Great breakfast!

Doris and Sarah. Germany. January 2011

We've enjoyed the hospitality of Alison and Geoff in 2005, 2008 and now 2011. We can't say enough good things about this B&B and our hosts - wonderfully caring and cheery folks. It is a peaceful lodging so that you feel as if you are in the country, yet only a short walk to Picton for dining and activities. Geoff is at the ready to transport any traveler "downtown" if you're without a car or need to leave the car with them. Makes a great spot for Queen Charlotte Track trampers. Scrupulously clean rooms and very comfortable mattresses, even an under-sheet blanket if the weather is chilly. Tasty breakfasts, often with fellow guests at the table for sharing travel experiences. Lucy, the resident hen, obliges with a daily egg. The area has so many attractions that even our 4 nights in 2011 left us wanting to return again to Picton and to Retreat Inn.

Edith & Ron Reese. Apr 2011

Dear Geoff and Alison,
we are back to work in Germany. We had a wonderful time in New Zealand and enjoyed our time in your homestay very much. You are so friendly. Thanks a lot for all the good information “what to do”. THANK YOU Geoff for your knife. We took it home in the suitcase and it will have a ownplace in our home and heart. We remember the nice time in Picton and we would like to stay in contact with you.

Clemens and Claudia, Germany. February 2011

Alison & Geoff, We did so appreciate our stay with everything beautifully done, in such a lovely home and with hosts that are so thoroughly friendly and interested in their clients. You seem like friends when we've only just met and we were with you less than 24 hours!! Martin Alison - I wanted to thank you for kick-starting my birthday on such a lovely note! And the toasted bread worked out just fine. Trish

Trish & Martin Rossiter. January 2011

We said we would come back again,and here we are to see our great hosts Alison & Geoff. You looked after us again magnificently, and again the breakfast was great. It was also nice to have shared a bottle of wine together, cannot wait to come again and see our friends, lovely people.

Tom & Lesley Moore, England. April 2010

This is the nicest B&B in New Zealand! We had a great time there' Alison and Geoff are so nice! They helped us very much in planning our stay at Picton, We really felt at home at their home!!

Irit & Izo Lev, Israel.  2010

Retreat Inn is a pleasant walk from downtown Picton – a lovely and interesting part of the Marlborough
area of New Zealand. Our clean, comfortable room overlooked the beautiful ravine and made for a quiet and peaceful visit. The warmth and graciousness of the hospitality of Alison and Geoff made us feel
instantly at home.  Refreshments were offered as soon as we arrived and we spent the evening in their
living room with some other guests.  It really felt more like a get-together with friends. Breakfast was beautifully presented, delicious and satisfying.  Alison went “above and beyond” on two
occasions.  We received a parking ticket in Picton that could not be paid by mail. We gave her the money and she paid it for us in Blenheim.  A copy of Reader’s Digest from 2002 had an article in it about a friend of ours in Canada. When we told our friend about it, on our return, she showed interest in having it – Alison forwarded it to us very promptly.
We highly recommend Retreat Inn.

Ruth and Harold Margles, Toronto, Canada. February 2008

If you are planning to include Picton in your travelling in New Zealand you could not do better than stay with Alison and Geoff at the “Retreat Inn”. Their lovely house with its delightful garden provides the ideal place from which to explore Picton and the north end of the South Island. From our arrival off the ferry from Wellington for a two-day visit, to our final leave taking after a brief stop in Picton on our return journey, we could not have been made more welcome or have been better looked after.  As hosts, Alison and Geoff really go the extra mile.  They obviously enjoy the company of their visitors and are ready to make time to get to know them. We left Picton feeling that we had made friends whom we would hope to meet again, either in New Zealand or in Scotland.

Mary and Evelyn, Edinburgh. September  2008

This was the first time we have spent at the Retreat Inn and certainly wont be the last. We were made so welcome by two lovely people, Breakfast was great, see you on our next trip.

Les & Tom Moore, Cornwall, UK. January 2007

We took a long time choosing where to stay in New Zealand and how right we were to settle on Geoff and Alison' B&B at the Retreat Inn. Right from the start we were met with genuine warmth and friendliness into their home - nothing seemed to be too much trouble and being made to feel part of the family seemed so natural and was certainly fun.  We also found Picton to be an excellent base for exploring/walking on the Queen Charlotte track and seeing the  Marlborough area in general - it should not be missed on a tour of the South Island. Our stay of 6 days was too short - so we are already planning for more next time and can't wait to get back!

Roger and Catherine Crabb. April 2007

Alison and Geoff are the nicest people! We had so much fun staying with them! The house is set quietly in a beautiful garden and the rooms are spacious and comfy. The breakfast is great, with a lot of fresh fruit. Meeting Alison, Geoff, the cats and the hen is a wonderful experience. Don´t miss it!

Miriam Lindner. January 2006

Great hospitality, nice people, very helpful, nice breakfast, nice beds. Great homestay. We enjoyed our stay.

H Karbet. April 2006

We first stayed at the Retreat Inn during our NZ tour in 1994/5.   We have had the good fortune to visit on further occasions over the ensuing years, so Alison & Geoff have become true friends.   Lovely folk, & a great place to stay. We will be there again in March 2006.... come & join us; stay a few nights & take home some really happy memories.

Malcolm & Mary Teasdel , Chelmsford , Essex , UK. September 2005

Alison & Geoff are the friendliest people you could wish to meet. Just had our second visit with them and were welcomed with open arms. A great place to start a tour of the South Island.

Pam & Denys Richardson. March 2004

Get away from it all at this peaceful, friendly homestay in Picton, with Alison & Geoff. No request to much trouble. You will want to return again & again.

Janet & Don Bishop. March 2001