Located between Nelson, NZ and Abel Tasman National Park, The Boot Bed & Breakfast is a page straight out of a fairy tale awaiting the arrival of its next royal guest: you!
Having both vacationed and lived in New Zealand, my husband and I are no strangers to New Zealand’s beauty. When we found out two fantastic friends planned to marry in Nelson we began looking for new and interesting destinations for our return trip. Following a trail of internet breadcrumbs I stumbled across the website for The Boot and was instantly charmed. The adorable fantasy setting was impossible to resist.
We booked our stay online; I was more than excited*! This one night of Fairy Tale magic was double the price of every other room we considered–something that required cajoling to convince my husband. We can assure you, though, that it was more than worth it.
The owner, Steve, was prompt with email responses and more than accommodating to any dietary restrictions. He even offered to put together a BBQ platter for us upon our arrival since their restaurant, The Jester House Cafe, would be closed.
Upon our arrival, Steve personally lead us to The Boot where our night of fairy tale romance would begin. Disheveled and tired after day of kayaking in Abel Tasman, we were instantly rejuvinated by The Boot’s charm and attention to detail. Warm, enveloping wood tones; fresh flowers in every room; shoelaces wound up the outside of the boot; a lounger with plenty of reading materials in front of the fireplace; a spiral staircase leading to the sleeping quarters. And, best of all, no television and no internet. It truly is a fairy tale! This little Boot shaped cottage made us feel like enchanted characters from a children’s book, just waiting for the wildlife burst into song.
We were welcomed with High Tea, a nice English Breakfast with coconut macaroons, on the patio. While enjoying this little treat, I was greeted by one of the local cats who just stopped in to make sure everything was up to par.
The rest of our evening was filled with romantic sounds of piano concertos via the provided CD’s and stereo, cleaning up in the dual-headed and large-enough-for-two shower, and relaxing by the outdoor fire pit curled up with a good book.
The next morning, we awoke to the gentle sound of rain and decided to stay cozied-up in the most comfortable bed we’d experienced in weeks. We slept the morning away, and within minutes of awakening were greeted by our friendly innkeeper, arriving with breakfast at so perfect a time it seemed as though he had some magical sense of when we would awaken.
As if the enchantment of The Boot Cottage weren’t enough, there’s also a magical play area open to the guests of the restaurant as well as those staying overnight. The play area is the physical manifestation of childhood dreams: a wooded area complete with entryway, majestic flags, and a throne, a teater-totter made from fallen tree branches, and an over-sized chess board with a knight who’s height reaches your knees.
If you’re looking for an escape from reality, a stay at The Boot is certain to do the trick. Stay longer than a week and you just may never return to reality!
*This was my first stay at a B&B. I’d always been a little uncomfortable with the idea of staying where someone permanently lives. Steve had the perfect balance of interest and discretion throughout our entire stay. I’ll definitely be staying at more B&B’s!
Jessica is a Graphic Designer and Owner of little Hinka Design.