Thanks for a gorgeous stay at The Vicarage. Your obvious efforts to make this a really special place have definitely paid off. Attention to detail is exquisite. The renovation is such a success and the books that share the stories of making it happen were fascinating. It is a truly excellent and comfortable place. There are so many features that make The Vicarage unusual: the shared sitting rooms/kitchens were so well equipped and comfortable (and we met our fellow guests), the small outdoor verandahs, the milk and tasters for the excellent Barker products available very close by, the helpful communication and the fabulously comfortable beds. Thanks to all for making our stay special.
Cate from Canberra
Just wanted to let you know we had a wonderful stay at the Vicarage. The renovation is absolutely outstanding and a lot of thought has gone into every detail. We also had a lovely dinner at the Village Inn and now have a large box of goodies from the Barker’s store to enjoy when we get home. Thanks once again and we look forward to returning soon. Kind regards R.T.
The very best renovations travel into the past to prescribe the future. The Vicarage has been immaculately restored and with great reverence for its origins, so you have an immediate sense of permanence of calm despite knowing it has "Just" happened. It neatly squares the circle and desire for all the modernity’s served up in a timeless fashion. In that sense it's the travelers equivalent of "Outlander" It reminds me of Daylesford Organics in the UK a lifestyle experience with food (the café) and hospitality (rooms). Kiwi's looking for an aspirational 'town in the country experience' should love it and the Boutique Operators in Europe should make this a stop when International Guests Return. I enjoyed the breakfasts and naughty cakes in the café and a platter delivered to the charming sitting room. You can walk along the river and up into the woods and of course the area is beckoning the tramper. I booked for one night but stayed for two it would be rude not to. My thanks to Lynleigh and Michael Barker and his lovely wife. Back for more most certainly. Michelle J.
The very best renovations
A step into history. Old buildings fascinate me and as a wheelchair user, when one says it is accessible, I just have to stay there. This was a little bit of luxury on our three weeks South Island road trip, and we were not disappointed. From the excellent communication from Kim in answering all my access questions, to seamless booking, to the sumptuous room we stayed in, this was an accommodation experience we will not forget. The Vicarage has been lovingly restored with careful attention to detail. The wheelchair accessible (Rev Harold Purchas) room on the ground floor was spacious, with a wonderful wet area bathroom. The bed was so very comfortable, and the room was quiet. A guest sitting room was next door with a gas fire, kitchenette and comfy seating. This was exemplary wheelchair access in an historic building which shows that it can be done and done well. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast at Barker's eatery next door the following morning. Highly recommend.
A step into history
What a wonderful stay. From the moment you walk in the front door you can tell that this place is special and finished to the highest of standards. Our room, the Rev'd John Hayhoe room and adjourning sitting room was beautiful with the most amazing views over the little town of Geraldine and the river beyond. The bed was super comfortable and the ensuite had everything you could need, the little things and attention to detail makes this place so classy. Congratulations on the design and you should be commended on the pure comfort and elegance of the furnishings. Although you are in the town centre the room was very quiet and we had a lovely uninterrupted sleep. An easy walk to the town centre gave us a great choice of eating places and our breakfast next door at the Barkers new cafe was fantastic! Rob said he loved the big heavy doors..the design of the whole place is fantastic and you should be commended on a wonderful place. Thank you for a great night. Thank you, kind regards Sharon and Rob Bradley
Sharon & Rob Bradley
Absolute Gem, had to book last minute due to weather. The building has been sympathetically restored to a very High standard with no expense spared, particularly love the wallpaper. Lovely touch with complimentary bottle of wine & token for a free jar of preserve from the adjacent famous Barkers outlet & Cafe. Sat in the upstairs communal sitting room & Christened the Scrabble with a glass of the lovely Port before bed. Highly recommended.
The Vicarage was my home when I was a teenager and it was always a special home, full of love and laughter. Newly restored it is once again a special place, elegantly furnished to a luxurious standard and yet still so full of character. The Geraldine community has been very excited to watch this major restoration of an iconic Geraldine building and fully support the vision of Michael & Brigitte Barker who have pushed on and made it happen.
Rachel Harper (nee Smith)
The Vicarage is amazing - right up there with the best we have experienced Internationally. I cannot think of any thing you could do to enhance our experience. We will be spreading the word and encouraging friends and whanau to visit Geraldine and to stay at the Vicarage. We wish you every success.
Robyn from Auckland
What a find! We were winging our road trip and stumbled upon a gem! Like an Oasis in a desert. Such a wonderful, stylish, heartfelt place. Lovely touches like a bottle of wine and complimentary port. Board games. Beautiful amenities. 4 Jan 2020
Amazing establishment and history! The rooms are beautiful and has so many thoughtful touches. We had a very comfortable stay and would come back again!
Absolutely beautiful place to stay. Central in the middle of town with amazing amenities. An absolute credit to the hosts. Will definitely stay again next time we are in town.
A very special experience. The renovation is exceptional. We loved our stay.
Fantastic blend of heritage features and modern luxury decor This heritage building has been tastefully restored. It's full of the original heritage features of The old Vicarage, but the decor is contemporary with a heritage twist. The best word to describe this accommodation is luxury. The location is fantastic, in the middle of Geraldine with lots to see and do, walking tracks at the front door and Barkers Foodstore and Eatery across the carpark.
Kate from Aoraki Tourism
Stunningly restored The Vicarage has been lovingly restored to its former glory and retains touches of it's former life as a Vicarage with rooms named after former Vicars of the Parish and some caricature's of those residents in one of the sitting rooms.This is luxury in the heart of Geraldine - just walking distance to everything and a really pleasant walkway by the river nearby.
Geraldine Gem. Our stay at the newly opened Vicarage was a real treat.It is centrally located and beautifully restored with careful detail reflecting it's past use.Our room was very quiet, warm, spotlessly clean and had a super comfy bed and pillows...Outstanding accommodation that has a real wow factor and I would highly recommend.