A bit out of the way but definitely worth a visit. We spent three evenings with Dorothy and Robert and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The estate is comfortable and the rooms are very well appointed. The grounds are beautiful and there is plenty of space to roam and see the deer, sheep and cattle as well as the gorge. Dinners are provided by Dean and are excellent along with a great breakfast. We left feeling as part of the family.
This place is wonderful. We arrived to a warm and friendly welcome from our hosts Robert & Dorothy. After being shown to our beautifully appointed suite we were invited to the dining room for refreshments, just what we needed after a long drive from Nelson. We had a pleasant 1st evening chatting with our hosts and their friends.
The house is reminiscent of a small English manor house and it is furnished with beautiful antique furniture, made me nostalgic for the 'home' country.
Saturday, after a substantial breakfast consisting of home made muesli and jams (followed by a cooked breakfast), Robert very kindly took us on a 4WD tour of the highlights of the estate and to meet Ron, a tame deer who is very partial to apples! The estate is very interesting geologically, lots of fossils and Robert was very happy imparting his knowledge. We then took a short walk (accompanied by their dog Lulu) to see the 'Bishop' and the white gorge.
The concretions in the hillside are not to be missed.
Our hosts recommended, and kindly booked on our behalf, dinner at the Nor'Wester cafe - see other review.
If you want personal and friendly service in delightful surroundings then this is for you. The surrounding landscape reminded me very much of my happy childhood haunts in Dove Dale, England.
Wish we'd had longer to explore more of the estate - make sure you bring your walking shoes/boots to make the most of the walks on offer. We would love to return.
Our host, Robert, took us in the 4 wheel drive land rover around the estate. The views were stunning - ancient limestone formations - fossils contrasted by lush, green countryside. We saw deer, baby lambs with their mothers and hawks looking for rabbits. Our trip was supposed to take two hours but took longer....and we loved every minute.
There is beautiful accommodation on the property - if you want tranquility, history and opportunities to walk and refresh your mind and soul - this is the place to come and stay. We loved Lulu's company (dog).
We were spending 5 nights at Claremont back in August (2012) with our two children at the family cottage accommodation and had a fantastic time! If you are looking to getaway from the busy life, Claremont is certainly where you want to be. Waking up to the rolling hills and watching the hills dotted with sheep, was thoroughly relaxing. The family cottage was not as formal as the other rooms in the main house of the Claremont Estate, but it was clean and well maintained. The hosts Robert Brown and Dorothy were charming and we had such a nice time exploring the huge estate in the 4X4 driven by Robert accompanied by Lulu the playful and friendly dog! The children loved meeting Ron the tame deer who ran across the field when Robert called his name, but too bad we did not have apples with us for Ron. We certainly will miss our time at Claremont coming back to our hectic lives in the city of Jakarta, but we were "super charged" with lots of energy after the wonderful trip. Thanks to Dorothy for the home made croissants and cookies! Jones & Mega