Hey you guys, I forgot to write Travel Tuesday post in the midst of packing, #BlogEverydayinSept challenge and cupcake eating. Here goes..
I have wanted to stay on a farm ever since I played harvest moon in high school (it’s sorta like Farmville, only better) and competed against schoolmates. There was a period of time when we reported how many cows, chicken and sheep we had every morning once we reached the classroom. Retrospectively, it was not the best of our education money, but hey, at least we were simulating to be the most successful entrepreneur among ourselves, though the only job available was farming. Later, when Farmville became famous, I played it for a while at work, before I got bored and started reading blogs instead while still harboring the desire to stay on a farm. So you can imagine my excitement when we “accidently” stayed at one.
We booked our accommodation, a backpacker hostel, in the Rotorua city center. Unfortunately, or fortunately I guess, at the last minute Agoda called to inform that the place was not available and they would like to help us to book another place. With half an hour left before checking-in we booked City Lights Boutique Lodge.
Located up the hill, City Lights the Rotorua BnB, was a fifteen minutes drive from the city center. It was a rectangular house with a red door. We were greeted by the owner, Naomi and her adorable dog, Jelly. She showed us around and by the time she left, I had fallen in love with the place.
I really liked the living room. It had a tall bookshelf and a fireplace surrounded by big sofas for you to snuggle in. It also has a small study table with a laptop in the corner, but I doubt you want to think about the outside world when you are here.
The bedroom was marvelous. It was a comfortable sized room with a glass door that overlooked the entire town and glass windows facing a small garden and the farm. The bed was so soft, it reminded me of Westin’s. In the bathroom, they didn’t put the four identical-harsh to your skin-but still worth to steal toiletry bottles we usually find in every hotel. It was all natural yummy smelling Kiwi made products and all I can say is that it was better than my own skin care range.
We also explored the farm, actually it’s not really like Farmville since there were only three pet black alpacas (they are like a llama, only cuter) whose wool has been shed and collected for the last four years to be made as blankets, but the neighbors had sheep and cows. So yeah, almost Farmville like.
In the evening, we went to downtown for dinner and drinks at this new establishment called, the Eat Streat. By the time I got drunk (good wine were cheap in NZ) and came back, it was dark and we could see the whole town lighten up from our bedroom and thus the name, City Lights.
The next day, Naomi made us breakfast. There were cheese, fruits, homemade muesli, yogurt, bread, the whole spread. It served with juice and coffee of our choice. Let me tell you, her flat white was the best one I had in New Zealand. We spent some time chitchatting about our lives. Btw, I didn’t take a picture of the delicious breakfast spread because it felt politically incorrect to IG food prepared by someone right in front of them. Unless they are your partner, because they must have tolerated you impoliteness from the beginning.
Good companions, tasty breakfast served in front of a breathtaking view. It was a memorable morning you guys.
I never stayed at a bed and breakfast before, unless you counted AirBnB, though the ones I stayed in were nothing like this place and I loved it! Have you ever stayed in a traditional BnB before? Where was it and did you like it? Let me know, because if these were regular things you get from a bed and breakfast, I so want to experience it again.