Fresh Spring Water!


The first ducklings of the season are swimming on the pond as the plum and peach blossoms are opening in the orchard. We have recently installed a U.V. filter on our bore water supply - the last of five (yes, five!). Although tests have always shown our bore water from the aquifer is clean and clear, we felt we wanted to reassure our you, our guests, who had heard of problems in the Havelock North town supply, that they have no need to worry at all when staying with us. … [Read more...]

Autumn harvest

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A lovely fruitful Autumn harvest time here at St Andrews Escape. The apples are being picked in the orchard and we have been finding lots of wild mushrooms under the peach trees. The vege garden has some lovely pumpkins and lots of grapes -help yourselves! So wonderful to share produce with our guests.           … [Read more...]

Spring has arrived in Hawke’s Bay!


With Spring arriving I know you will be thinking of a summer holiday. The following was sent to me by a winter guest and I thought I would share it - just to help you decide where to spend a few days this summer! -John           "St.Andrews Escape! The word alone conjours up all kinds of images from excitement, adventure or secrets. What was ours? As we drove along a dark country lane, we began to wonder. What would we find? Stopping at the end of a long drive a dark shadow emerged from the bushes…it was John, the owner of the establishment who quickly led us through a "hedge gate” to our room. First impression: warm, welcoming and tastefully decorated with an outstanding glass feature wall separating off the bathroom. Our super king bed … [Read more...]

Our Award of Excellence

An Award of Excellence from and one from Trip advisor!     Greetings everyone to our first blog post. We’ve kept a fairly low profile up until now, but we thought that the time was right to let the world in on one of Havelock North’s best kept secrets. I have recently been contacted by about their award, which has put us in the top ten places to stay in Oceania and top three in New Zealand! Shortly afterwards I received a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor! So this blog is a big thank you to our past guests for honouring us with 9.8 out of 10 for their experience at St Andrews Escape. It is your reviews that have got us here: “A gorgeous and very unique property - wonderful hosts, unobtrusive but so helpful” “The little … [Read more...]