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Februari 2014.

Dearest Willem and Carla,

Our hosts who have so warmly welcomed us, became our friends.

The total experience with you and your other guests has been wonderful in every aspect & so full of humor.                

Our knowledge of life have increased a thousand percent- plus being part of "Bo's" delivery of five puppies!  

John and I have utterly spoilt in a setting so very uplifting, wherever we look.

Simply thank you for six fine days, John and Tessa.

15 June 2014


All my favorite elements in one place- beautiful scenery, oh so comfortable rooms, the tranquility of the country side and outstanding hospitality from the hosts!! Plus two dogs who welcomed us.

We did the Karangahake Gorge part of the Bike Trail yesterday   -loved that- then back at Manawa Ridge to the luxury of a long soak in the jacuzzi, a wonderful massage from Jasmine and a beautiful dinner- our day could not have been nicer!

Many Thanks from Jenni, Tulsi and Anna.



Carla and Willem,

When we first arrived we were greated by two vibrant, loving people.

Calm, romantic vibes run all around the room as if our souls had been struck by natures lightening.

I automatically felt at home and once we set down to hear the multiple fasinating stories about your 8 years of building a home and retreat/lodge here, I was in awe of your will to strive for your dreams.

It has inspired me to believe in myself and exceed my expectations.

After the amazing organic food, comfortable “HUGE” beds and revitalising energy…I feel like I have been reborn.

My spiritual enegies have been realigned. This land holds incredible power!

Thank you for your hospitality, I feel as though I have become part of your family, you will forever have a place in my mind, soul and heart.

Care from Madison.

New Zealand.


Dear Willem and Carla,

Thank you for a truly magical 2 day escape. Your hospitality is truly wonderful.

The beauty of your dream that you both created and now share with others is breathtaking.

Your enthusiasm for life is evident everywhere we look- from the amazing romantic home you have built, the superb placing of it to ensure that from all aspects the true beauty of nature can be admired, to your love and creativity in the food you prepare.

Thank you so much for all that you share so freely.

Anna and Richard.

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