A bed and breakfast at an alpaca farm in Marlborough has been named one of the top 10 accomodation spots in New Zealand by a global travel company.
Located in Renwick, Falcon's Rise Alpaca Farm has features in the list, put together b by Booking.com.
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Owners Kim Chapman-Taylor and Helen Austin were not only surprised that their property had been named in the top 10 but delighted when they learnt they were only one of three properties to have been awarded a perfect 10/10 score by verified customers of the global travel company.
"Running a bed and breakfast was something we almost fell into when we first moved to Marlborough," they said.
"It was suggested by a friend and we thought we might as well give it a go - if it works, it works. We've been running Falcon's Rise for about two years now and we're loving it," said Ms Austin.
The couple said being a bit different and standing out from the crowd has helped with their success.
"It's the alpacas that bring the people, but they stay for the experience."
"We're so thankful to all the guests who have left us great reviews on Booking.com and are grateful to be awarded with a Guest Review Award."
Booking.com's Guest Review Awards honour accommodation partners that consistently deliver great guest experiences and high-quality accommodation. Now in their seventh year, 759,845 properties received awards across 219 countries.
More than 5100 New Zealand properties were awarded with Guest Review Awards for consistently achieving an 8.5/10 score or higher, proving that top quality accommodation in New Zealand is not hard to find.
The other two properties to receive a perfect 10/10 were Northfield Luxury Accommodation in Canterbury and Kapiti Waves B& B in the Kapiti Coast.
Booking.com Local Area Manager Joshua Nu'u-Steele said New Zealand performed well in the ratings.
"To have over 5100 accommodation properties in New Zealand achieving such high ratings is a great achievement," he said.
"Kiwis are known for their great hospitality, friendly nature and hardworking attitude, which is probably why New Zealand also fell into the top 10 of most welcoming countries in the world, " said Mr Nu'u-Steele.