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…A Culinary Experience was our favourite B and B on both islands. From their lovely home with it’s view of the bay across the Boulder Bank to their fantastic breakfasts and dinners and attention to our needs as travellers in this wonderful land, Kay and Joe were great hosts. …A truly memorable experience. New Zealand is awesome and so is this B and B.
John and Louise, Cincinnati, Ohio USA

Thank you for inviting us into your home to share in your wonderful energy. We feel replenished on every level. You have provided an amazing holistic experience. Your indulgence week-end was a perfect way to start the holidays.
Paul and Angela, Kapiti

Congratulations on your Qualmark rating this week. In our estimation you are a “10”. We loved being in your comfortable, interesting and lovely home and garden. Our bed was super comfortable, the food fabulous, but best of all was seeing the love and respect you have for each other. It all combined to make us feel so at home. Tyson is such a wonderful toe warmer and sweet puppy. 
Stan and Sheryl, Carson City, Nevada USA.

Thank you for your wonderful hospitality and for making this Christmas so special and one we will always cherish. You have a beautiful home and extremely comfortable bed!! Thank you also for the outstanding cuisine. I only wish we could stay longer enabling me to take you up on your cooking lessons! 
Tom and Linda, Colorado

The best B and B in town. Great hosts, great views and great breakfasts. 
Julie and Ulli, Germany and England

We don’t want to leave this place! You have been incredibly kind, warm and generous. Thank you for making our anniversary a very special day. 
Lovisa, Sweden

Thank you for a wonderful couple of days. The food was fabulous. It was lovely to be so pampered; can you come back to England with me? 
Carol, UK

Thank you Kay and Joe for refreshing us on our journey toward North Island. We loved your views across the bay and your artistic home. We got lost in your king-size bed and in your traveller’s breakfast. 
Rhona and Colin, Folkestone, England

Kay and Joe (and Tyson), Thanks for your hospitality and pampering. It has been a delight to meet you two and discover your B and B with its beautiful setting, luxurious interior and scrumptious food. One of the great highlights for us was the great conversation over those delectable pre-dinner appetizers complete with lovely New Zealand champagne – very civilized! You have made us feel like guests and friends in your home. 
John and Kimberley, Australia,

We came to Nelson to take in some of the many art studios and by chance found the best studio of all. Your beautiful home is so artistically decorated and located in a most scenic setting. Then we enjoyed the art of fine dining. Thank you for opening your home and treating us to an experience we will long remember. ….a relaxed but inspirational time when we needed it most. 
Jack and Pam, Toronto, Canada

A truly memorable experience. Our room, our culinary breakfast and your outstanding friendliness will be a special memory of our time in New Zealand. The view and the location are the icing on the cake. Kay does the best breakfast in New Zealand!!
Aaron and Marina, Shetland Isles, Scotland

You two are fabulous – and what a super two days we have enjoyed with you. Your home is so peaceful, beautiful and restful and you made our stay a delight. We especially appreciated the gourmet dinner and the massages. How perfect for people on the road. 
Jan and Jack, Reno, Nevada, USA

…Found a bit of heaven in your wonderful B and B. Such a surprise to travel half way around the world and feel as if we came home. 
Nancy, Cincinnati, Ohio USA

This has been the best place we have stayed in New Zealand. The food has been excellent and generous, the company fantastic, and the wine flowing. You have really added to our trip and given us great advice on visiting Nelson and the surrounding area, the wineries, galleries, and on and on. You are wonderful people. 
Camellia and Kay, Canada

A big thank you is in order because you have made our time here so welcoming. After a rough trip up the east coast of the south island this place just looked like heaven. We are so glad to have learnt more about the area from you and about NZ wines., We came here for a unique experience , we got all that we expected and more. Highly recommended.
Alison and Aaron, NSW, Australia

Recipe for a Great Culinary Experience: Take 1 part luxury linen, add 1 large beautiful home, stir with lush landscaped terraces, soak in incredible views, savour slowly with delightful food and wine, served generously by marvellous hosts and enjoy a unique Culinary Experience. Thanks for a great holiday. 
Jim and John, San Francisco, California, USA

…your accommodation was a lovely balance between impeccable and wonderfully comfortable. Thank you for your company, glorious food and tender care. 
Ann and Stu, Hobart, Tasmania

Thank you for a wonderful stay. You have been the perfect hosts: superb cuisine and great company. We arrived in Nelson a little jaded after our travels on the North Island but after 2 days of your pampering we are ready to continue our journey, fully refreshed and revitalized. You have a beautiful home in a gorgeous location. We shall remember both Nelson and our stay with you always. 
Angus and Julia, UK

We are so glad to find people like you in the hospitality business. We came because you sounded friendly and interesting and we found this to be true, even for Tyson who is a thoroughly welcoming canine. Finding “foodies” like you is also very special for “foodies” like us!
Dick and Georgia, UK

What a wonderful place for a restorative stay – the food, the wine, the conversation, the view, the massage the evening spa with champers, the warm hospitality and Tyson, the dog- – all good for the soul. This B and B is a “must do” for anyone travelling to this region. 
Maureen, Christchurch

Indulgence, pampering, great food and great company. Joe and Kay, thank you. 
Rosemary and Blair, Wellington

I have not had much B and B experience, but if I could have more like A Culinary Experience I may never stay in a hotel again. 
Linda, Canada

This is our first real B and B in New Zealand! A wonderful location, great ambience with charming hosts and fellow guests. Why didn’t we stay longer? Next time we will. Our visit will be one of the high spots of our trip – certainly a “must stay” and to be recommended to our friends. Thanks Kay and Joe for a wonderful welcome and a most hospitable stay. 
Frank and Margaret, UK

Thank you for extending Valentine’s Day over a long weekend. We both feel very pampered after two days of excellent food, massages, and great company. A special thanks for combining Opera in the Park, fireworks and flaming Mexican Coffees. We will return home to Wellington full of praise. 
Craig and Debbie, New Zealand

..How could 3 days feel like an entire vacation? What if I never move on? What if I do? So you see my dilemma. What it means is that you have exceeded all my wishes for a smooth beginning to my Adventure in New Zealand. Thank you so sincerely for sharing your delightful lives and marvelous culinary talents. Let’s keep in touch. Anyone who is looking for a warm, hospitable, delightful place to stay with wonderful breakfasts, and if you are really lucky: dinner too…should join Kay and Joe at A Culinary Experience. I’ll be back for sure.
Sue, USA, March

We have had a fabulous time and especially have enjoyed our visits with each of you! We felt the love in your home. The conversations were a highlight and the food was the best we have had in New Zealand. 
Marsha and Larry, USA March

Your unique B and B was absolutely perfect for we “foodies” from the North Island. We enjoyed the international ambience of your home and every meal was exquisite to a detail. We will be back! 
Linda and Sarath, New Zealand, March

The experience was absolutely more than culinary – there were lots of surprises, delights and g ales of laughter! Loved the art, massage, food, fun and conversations. Thanks for making our Easter Indulgence Week-end so remarkable. 
Joss, New Zealand, March

What a beautiful slice of heaven and we are so lucky to have shared it with you. Kay your skill with cooking and the art of presentation are awesome. Thank you for the experience of your wonderful home. 
Art and Rene, USA, April

After we read about our B and B in the article in Foodtown Magazine, we decided to stay with you on our South Island tour. All our expectations have been fulfilled in an outrageous way. Yummy food all day! We really enjoyed your warm hospitality. Hope we can come back. 
Rolf and Evelyne, Germany

Thank you for such a wonderful time these past couple of days…it truly was an experience! The food, the conversations, my Latin Quarter room with its king-size bed, the spa, the massage, and the heated tile floor were wonderful …the list goes on and on. In the grand New Zealand tradition, you have managed to create a truly superior B and B. I would happily come back anytime to my new friends in Nelson!
Howard, USA, May, 2005