Johanne and Kristen from Denmark stayed with us for 2 nights and loved Casey our dog.
We opened last weekend to beautiful weather and welcomed our first customers. Lois, Bill Mark and Sue all live in the top of the South and seemed to enjoy their Devonshire teas and coffee.
We have 4 self-contained cottages. Each has 2 bedrooms and sleeps 4. One cottage also has bunks which will accommodate 3 children.
All cottages are well heated and beds have electric blankets to keep you toasty warm.
Our cottages also come with stunning views of the St Arnaud Range and Mt Robert.
Miles and Helen Anderson are the new owners of Tophouse.
At the moment, they’re busy moving in and they hope to have accommodation and meals available in the inn soon. They’re also planning to open the cafe for Devonshire teas and coffee. Getting a liquor licence in the near future is on the agenda too. Watch this space!
Self-contained accommodation is available at the Mountainview Cottages from $100. However, the cafe and bar are closed, sorry. Tophouse is for sale, and as we’re expecting a sale soon we’re not getting the various licenses back.
We won’t be charging for tours and we’re more than happy to chat over a cup of tea. Donations appreciated.
Come stay with us this summer!
As a result of circumstances beyond our control, we’re sad to advise that Tophouse is closed until further notice.
Elaine thanks all those who gave their support and encouragement to this venture.
With the third term finishing up this Friday, 25 September, we’ll be stoking the fire in the old inn and plumping up the pillows in the cottages, ready to welcome families and holidaymakers heading to our own little slice of heaven in the Nelson Lakes.
The Rainbow Ski Area will be open throughout the school holidays, right up until Sunday 11 October. The snow depth currently ranges from 70-100cm, with snow showers forecast through until this coming weekend. Rainbow is running a school holiday programme, with great deals on coaching, gear and day passes.
Rotoiti Water Taxis are offering a 1.5 hour Alpine Lake Explorer cruise until 30 September. You get an entirely different appreciation of Lake Rotoiti and surrounding mountains when you’re on the water. The cruise will take you up to the lake head, where you can enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee. You also have the option of checking out beautiful Whiskey Falls.
The temperature’s slowly rising but spring weather is always unpredictable in the mountains, so make sure you’re prepared, with plenty of warm clothing and good footwear.
After a great day on the slopes or the lake, come back to Tophouse Inn and let Elaine warm you down to your toes with her superb, family-friendly cafe fare. Enjoy a drink by the fire and sink into a comfortable bed for a great night’s sleep before you do it all again the next day.
Please book well in advance for dinners and let Elaine know if you or your family have any special dietary requirements.
See you in the holidays!
We’re stocking a selection of premium wines from local producer Tohu, the world’s first Maori-owned wine company. We’ll expand the range in the near future to include, among others, Coal Pit Pinot Noir. This luscious wine is produced at a family-owned vineyard in Central Otago’s Gibbston Valley.
Beer lovers certainly won’t miss out either. We’re proud to serve craft beers from Lighthouse Brewery, about 50 minutes down the road in Stoke, along with big brands Tui, Heineken and Steinlager.
Pop in and see us for a drink soon. And, while you’re at it, stay for dinner! We’d love to see you.
You’ll need to commit to working our full summer season (Oct 2015 to May 2016). Live-in accommodation will be provided and would best suit a couple.
You’ll be friendly, versatile and creative, able to rise to the challenges that working in a historic building can present.
If you want to work in a beautiful part of New Zealand with a dedicated and passionate team, we’d love to hear from you.
For more information and/or to register your interest, phone Elaine on 03 521 1269 or 027 521 1010; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re happy to announce that we should have our new liquor licence in a couple of weeks.
Very soon, you’ll be able to sit by the fire before dinner and relax with a glass of something excellent! Given that we’re only an hour’s drive away from Marlborough, you can be sure we’ll feature some superb local wines.
Beer drinkers won’t miss out either, as we’ll have ample stocks of the amber fluid to keep you well hydrated.
With its roaring fire, wonderful ambience and great food and drink, Tophouse Inn is the perfect venue for your après-ski chillout. Pay us a visit after a hard day on the slopes and sample Elaine’s legendary hospitality.
Yesterday was our busiest day yet, with guests staying over, dinner bookings and lots of people stopping by in the afternoon. The coffee machine was working continuously!
We’re thrilled to announce that Tophouse Inn is opening for business on Saturday 4 July, with new management and a new look to match its new name.