• Cathy, France - Feb 2020

Thank you for your welcoming. We've enjoyed staying in your beautiful house and walking around among flowers and magnificent trees.  Thank you.


  • Denise & Georgia, Paekakariki NZ - Feb 2020

Thank you for a lovely stay in your beautiful home.  We loved the delicious breakfast (organic & homemade; yum), beautiful grounds and tasteful interior decorating.  Thank you too for your warm hospitaiolity.  All the best - Georgia & Denise


  • Vicki & Richard, Rita & Paul, Australia - Feb 2020

Beautiful peaceful place to stay.  Love to return some time in the future.


  • Michele & Keith, Te Horo NZ - Feb 2020

Wonderful B&B to stay at.  Enhanced our days on Whanganui.


  • Robi & Beni, Andie & Barbara, Switzerland - Feb 2020


  • Bert & Les, USA - Feb 2020

The gardens are beautiful, and best enjoyed seeing all the birds in the yard and nearby fields. The accommodation and food & hospitality exceeded our expectations.  Thanks!


  • Hein & Jolyn, Holland - Feb 2020

We enjoyed your beautiful garden.  It was realxing sitting there!  Your homemade bread was delicious! Thanks!!


  • Karen, Wellington NZ - Feb 2020

What a great place, beautiful gardens, wonderful host & delicious breakfast. Thanks heaps.


  • Jan, North Canterbury NZ - Feb 2020

Lovely place to stay & enjoyable breakfast!


  • Christina & David, Waikato NZ - Jan 2020

Lovely host. Never eat toast, but had 3 pieces as the bread was so good & home preserves.


  • Valerie & Stefan, Germany - Jan 2020

So nice place and lovely host.  Enjoyed it so much!


  • Lisa, Wellington NZ - Jan 2020

Superb host, gorgeous house & gardens, wonderful stay! 


  • Linda, Kapiti Coast NZ - Jan 2020

Wish I could stay longer!  A beautiful place to spend time.  Thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of your home, gardens, food and hospitality.  A real pleasure to meet you Linda 😊  Thank you so much for this moment in my journey...


  • Torsten & Beate, Germany - Dec 2019

Thank you so much for the wonderful B&B at your old charming house - we loved it so much to stay here, to talk to you and to explore our common loving the Musee dÓrsay.  See you in Berlin or Paris...again here; we felt like home : Thanks!  Last but not least: Dinner & breakfast were fantastic! 😊


  • Kay, Nelson NZ - Dec 2019

A delighfully beautiful home.  Thank you for your wonderful hospitality.


  • Melissa & Peter, Whitby NZ - Dec 2019

Beautiful garden wonderful shower.  Lovely homestead.


  • Nadia & Ross, Te Kauwhata NZ - Dec 2019

What a pleaseure it was to spend two nights in this delightful home.  Everything was perfect, the food amazing, surrounding beautiful & Linda the perfect hostess.  Thank you so much for this lovely weekend.


  • Iona, Drury NZ - Dec 2019

Many thanks, Linda, for a wonderful stay at your lovely homestead.  I enjoyed everything about it - your wonderful & delicious food, your tasteful furnishings, the beautiful garden and your genuine warmth and care for your guests.  It has been a privilege to spend time here and I would love to come back one day. 😊


  • Anne, UK - Dec 2019

Thank you for a fabulous stay in this wonderful historic old homestead.  Your attention to high standards in every small detail is truly impressive.  I will be recommending you to my friends in UK!


  • Christopher & Teresa, Ireland - Dec 2019

Thank you very much for your peaceful lovely B&B.  Also breakfast was wonderful


  • Helen & Per, Denmark - Nov 2019

Thank you so much for this lovely stay.  We really enjoyed your cooking, the garden, the host!


  • Amber-Jane & Jonathan, Wellington NZ - Nov 2019

What a beautiful peaceful place to come. We will certainly pass on your praises to others.  A perfect weekend away.


  • Carlotta & Alessandro, Italy - Oct 2019 

We stay here for one night but we love this place, it's so wonderful.  There is so much love and so much's a very heaven


  • Jade & Ian, Shannon NZ - Oct 2019

What a fabulous surprise night away to celebrate our 12 year anniversar!  Lovely home, lovely room, wonderful home cooking and lovely conversation with a thoughtful host.  Thank you Linda - we will be back!


  • Denise & Warren, Manakau NZ - Oct 2019

Awesome place to stay.  Love the old homestead.  Beautifully cared for.  Welcoming host.  Thanks Denise & Warren


  • Darryl & Sue, Orewa NZ – Oct 2019 

Beautiful home and surroundings. Delicious dinner and breakfast.  Nothing was too much for Linda during our stay. Just perfect x. Thank you  


  • Liz & Andy, Palmerston North NZ – Sep 2019

Thank you so much, lovely night away!


  • Bevan & Olivia, Paeroa NZ – Sep 2019 

What a stunning place – beautiful food! Thank you.


  • Julie & John, Morrinsville NZ - Sep 2019 

Thank you so much for having us.  A beautiful place to stay! Breakfast looks amazing!  


  • Pete & Annie, Auckland NZ – Apr 2019 

(Pete) Lovely period home, so quiet and peaceful.  Love the rooms looking forward to our stay here (about to begin our 1st night 😊 )

(cont’d) 1st night slept like logs, woke to a beautiful breakfast feast of homemade muesli, mixed fruit salad, gorgeous toast and all homemade including bread and jams simply brilliant. (star x 10)

Whanganui was a delight, art galleries, cafes, glass blowing, river walks, Durie Hill elevator to watch tower, everything awesome.

Our host was wonderful, loved the place, so peaceful. 😊

(Annie) Thank you Linda…such a lovely break.  Would recommend this place to everyone. Ten stars. Breakfast amazing. Sophia James (owner: enjoyed reading some of your books Sophia James)  


  • Arun & Dona, Paraparaumu NZ – Apr 2019

Thank you so much Linda for the great hospitality.  We had a great time here. Wish we had stayed longer.  Thanks for all the effort you’ve put into making nice organic breakfast.  The most delicious breakfast we’ve had for a while.  We will definitely come back. 


  • Ross & Andrea, Churton Park NZ – Apr 2019 

Big thanks Linda. Feel really spoilt.


  • Rex & Chris, Australia - Apr 2019 

Thanks Linda what a great host. Amazing breakfasts 😊


  • Sandy & Mark, Palmerston North NZ – Apr 2019 

What a beautiful place! Thanks Linda for being a wonderful host, the bed was sooo comfy.  Very peaceful.   


  • Dean & Gillian - Apr 2019

Beautiful place and yummy breakfast. Thanks 😊


  • Joe & Theo, Good George Brewing NZ – Apr 2019 

Lovely views and delicious breakfast! Nice place xoxo


  • James & Deborah, USA - Mar 2019 

Thank you, Linda so very much for your hospitality – it was so representative of all of New Zealand, AUTHENTIC & GENUINE! Your home & yard are very peaceful & relaxing – perfect after a stressful day of driving.  Thanks again for the rejuvenation you provided us.  USA friends, Jim and Debbie  


  • Heather & Brian, Canada – Feb 2019 

Thank you for your warm & generous hospitality, Linda.  We’ve had such a wonderful stay at ‘the Homestead’ & enjoyed being in the midst of a farming community. Delicious breakfast! Thank you again, Linda.  Best wishes! B & H  


  • Shlomo & Michal, Esti & Eli, Israel - Feb 2019

Wonderful and lovely experience in an exceptionally warm house.  Linda was really amazing, helpful, warm and very helpful (sic).  Very well worth experience.


  • Janis & David, Kent UK – Feb 2019 

A lovely stay in delightful surroundings.  A delicious organic breakfast was served by our wonderful host Linda! Thank you.


  • Lin & Ian, Kent UK - Feb 2019 

Excellent corner of NZ to spend some time in!  A real home from home with fantastic homemade goodies.  Well done Linda!  


  • Fiona, Australia – Jan 2019

Fantastic two-day break in your garden of Eden.  Definitely a wee slice of paradise.  Highly recommend.  Will be back.


  • Kirsty, Wellington NZ - Jan 2019 

Linda what a fabulous place, had a great time just relaxing in the garden, enjoying all the different smells from all the flowers, a definite place to come back to. (oh and can I have your lamb recipe lol!!!)   


  • Julie & Ian, Wellington NZ – Jan 2019 

Love your place here @ Fordell.  Very comfy bed. Great shower.  Brilliant breakfast.  Delicious dinner.  Thanks for your & your friends company over dinner.  Most enjoyable with Fiona & Kirsty.   


  • Kerry-Anne & Brendan, Whanganui NZ - Jan 2019

Our second time staying here. Amazing food!!! Welcoming hospitality.  Thank you so much for having us.


  • Brian & Ruth, Christchurch NZ – Jan 2019 

Thanks Linda for a great stay.  Wonderful ambience.


  • Judy & Derek, Wellington NZ - Jan 2019 

Linda – you are an inspiration to have built up such a fantastic bed & breakfast.  The homemade bread and jam were a scrumptious way to start the day & the fresh fruit from your beautiful garden.  The setting is relaxed & tranquil & we will be back!!  


  • Blob & Cristina, Wellington NZ – Jan 2019

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Linda, you have done an amazing job & were a great host.  Thanks so much, Cristina


  • Brenda & Ian, Auckland NZ - Jan 2019 

Stunning place & friendly host.  We only wish we were staying longer.  Perhaps another time. PS love the garden.   


  • Steve & Anna, Australia / Belgium – Jan 2019 

We have enjoyed our stay here so much.  The welcome, the house, the food and the area have been great. We hope to come back sometime in the future and enjoy it all again. Thank you for your hospitality!  


  •  Franziska, Switzerland - Jan 2019

Thank you for all your care Linda, your fantastic marmalade/spice bread and your beautiful garden, where I was completely happy! All the best to Fordell & you.  


  • Stefanie & Ira, Switzerland – Jan 2019 

We had a lovely stay and a magnificent breakfast in this beautiful homestead! Thank you so much for the hospitality!


  • Caroline & Barry, UK - Jan 2019 

A magnificent homestead, beautifully restored & lovely garden! Thank you Linda for a great stay.   


  • Pat & Murray, Greymouth NZ – Dec 2018

Thank you for the great time in your lovely home!  The rooms, your house & garden and the breakfast are fantastic.  We will recommend you to our friends in Germany.  Thank you for everything!


  • Sandra & Cameron, Scotland - Nov 2018 

Wonderful location, beautiful garden, fabulous host wish we could have stayed longer. 😊    


  • Evelyn, Anne Marie & Trish, Lower Hutt NZ – Nov 2018 

Fabulous place to stay.  Wonderful host.  Will be telling everyone we know we this gorgeous place to stay(sic).  We’ll be back.  Thanks Linda.  


  • Margaret & Alex, Sheila & Sheila, UK - Nov 2018 

By far the best place we have stayed in NZ & we have stayed in some very nice places.  Beautiful house & gardens, lovely rooms & a wonderful hostess.  Thank you. Please come & stay if you are ever in the UK.    


  • Hannah & Reece, Whanganui NZ – Oct 2018 

A beautiful place to stay!! Especially on our wedding night!! The garden & house is so beautiful. Thank you so much for having us. xx


  • Khalid & Abdullah, USA & Saudi Arabia - Apr 2018 

Great & warm house & host, thank you Linda   


  • Katrin, Henning, Lena & Hannes, Germany - Mar 2018 

Thank you for the great time in your lovely home!  The rooms, your house & garden and the breakfast are fantastic.  We will recommend you to our friends in Germany.  Thank you for everything!


  • Jennie & Tony, Whangarei NZ - Mar 2018

Thank you for a lovely stay in your beautiful home.  Everything was perfect from the moment you welcomed us into your home.  The effort you go to making your own organic jams, mueslies, bread etc really is fabulous, as we know all the extra duties you get down throughout your guests stays.  We will highly recommend to our summer guests to take a trip this way to stay 2 or more nights here. 

Thank you for everything and if you are ever in Northland we would love to host you at Chelsea House Bed & Breakfast. J+T B.


  • Kim & Paul, Paraparaumu Beach NZ – Mar 2018

Overnight stay for a local wedding.   Couldn't have picked a lovelier home or host to stay with.  Gorgeous setting, fabulous organic breakfast, super comfy bed and Linda so welcoming.  We appreciate all the effort put into our delicious breakfast.  All the best, we hope to see you again. xx  


  • Gaynor & Michael, UK - Feb 2018

A pleasurable 48 hours in Wanganui, enhanced by our stay at the Homestead.  Thank you Linda (need longer.....) 


  • Rob & Nora, USA – Feb 2018

Beautiful home, beautiful gardens, beautiful setting, delicious meals and wonderful warm, welcoming, gracious and  generous host.  Thank you!  


  • Lindsay & Paul, UK - Feb 2018

Thank you for your care and attention to detail.  Fabulous room & bathroom, delicious organic, home produced food.  Was very much appreciated.


  • Peter & Linda, UK – Feb 2018

Thank you for a lovely stay in beautiful surroundings.


  • Christine & Pamela, UK & Pukerua Bay NZ - Feb 2018

Delightful place to stay.  Excellent in every way.  Thank you.


  • Jack & Bonnie, USA – Feb 2018

A COLORADO thank you for a great time in WHANGANUI!  What a lovely B&B.  Great Accomodation & recommendations for our time in New Zealand.  Breakfast marvelous!  Jack & Bonnie.  Beautiful, peaceful & serene! (sic)


  • Claudia, Wellington NZ - Feb 2018

What a lovely, beautiful place!  Enjoyed the room, beautiful gardens & delicious breakfast.  Will recommend to friends.  Thanks Linda!


  • Betty & Arnold, The Netherlands - Feb 2018

Thank you Linda for your hospitality!  It was great.  The B&B are beatiful, guit and lovely (sic).  Thank you.


  • Anna & Philipp, Germany – Jan 2018

We had an incredible nice, cosy, heart-warming, relaxing and comfortable time – and we just spent one night!

Thank you for everything!  Especially loved the breakfast and the freshly picked strawberries. 


  • Daryl & Jenni, Lower Hutt NZ - Jan 2018

What an incredibly beautiful & peaceful place – we loved everything about our time here.  Thanks Linda for your amazing hospitality & delicious food!  This has been a real treat for us – very special.


  • Gerben & Kathleen, Feilding NZ - Jan 2018

The most homely, welcoming and restful place that I’ve been in a very long time.  Beautiful, inspiring and graciously hosted.  I couldn’t imagine not coming again.  


  • Russell & Helen, Scotland - Jan 2018

Beautiful quiet country home, lovely gardens to walk through.  Super accommodation & home baking.  Enjoyed greatly. 


  • Mick, Linda, Rebekah, Ben & Sarah, Wellington NZ – Jan 2018

Very comfortable.  Excellent breakfast. Wonderfully hosted.  Thank you


  • Manfred & Kay, Auckland NZ - Dec 2017

Beautiful, quiet restful sleep, lovely gardens, food & hospitality.  Commend the work(load) to keep Fordell in such beautiful condition.  Will be back next time down this way.


  • Mike & Carol, UK - Nov 2017

An outstanding and exemplary stay illustrated by the attention to detail of every aspect of the accommodation.  The hostess provided food which was ethically and nutritionally excellent.  The house and surroundings were far better than most hotels and the hospitality was superb.  Thank you.  


  • Kate & Peter, Christchurch NZ - Nov 2017

Lovely stay – house, gardens & hostess couldn’t have been better.  A beautiful place.  


  • Carol & Ralph, USA - Nov 2017

What a beautiful place!  The house is unique, the garden and countryside fantastic.  We saw the night sky in its splendour and feasted on dinner & breakfast.  Wonderful fresh foods and great combinations of flavor.  This will be a highlight of our trip.  Thank you for creating such a warm & welcoming space for us to visit.


  • Dorothy & Nick, Auckland NZ - Oct 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed your hospitality – thank you Linda.  A taste of country to fuel our city souls.  We wish you well in your endeavours.


  • David & Carol, Australia - Oct 2017

Our visit to your beautiful home and garden was a delight.  Dinner was delicious and we slept soundly with the distant ‘baa’ of sheep.  Thank you so much, Linda.  See you in France!


  • Beth, Wellington NZ – Oct 2017

Thank you Linda.  It was great to catch up with you again.  The homestead and gardens are beautiful.  Well done on creating this wonderful B&B.  


  • Sam & Sandy, Australia - Jun 2017

Thank you Linda for a most enjoyable & relaxing 8 days with you.  We have enjoyed our chats, breakfast most enjoyable & delightful dinners which have inspired us to cooking at home & being healthy also.   (Sandy)

Linda your attention to detail & thoughtfulness are exemplary.  You have introduced us to the benfits of French cuisine - we have enjoyed the lesson and the results! (Sam)

  • Trevor & Joan, Auckland NZ - May 2017

Very nice stay (relaxing).    

  • Simon & Debbie, Wellington - Apr 2017

Magic surprise escape, thank you, delightful spot & peaceful.    

  • Gordon & Janice, Auckland NZ - Apr 2017

We have had a luxury stay and are reluctant to leave.  Wonderful!  Beautiful home and food.       

  • Gail, Wellington NZ - Apr 2017

Great place.  Linda's cooking is devine.  Very peaceful.      

  • David, Rachel & James, Australia - Apr 2017

A beautiful rest on our journey with great food.  A beautiful place out of the hustle.  Peaceful & restful.  Thank-you for looking after us.  

  • Michael & Helen, Masterton NZ - Apr 2017

A wonderful welcome on a wet rainy afternoon to a very beautiful home with real warmth and heart.  Linda is the most wonderful host everything the house the bed the shower set you up for a relaxing and satisfying stay.  The food is cooked and served with care and heart and one finds it quite difficult to say goodbye.  This wasn't a stay it was an exquisite experience.  Thank you Linda this was very special.  

  • Nicole & Edward, Whanganui NZ - Mar 2017

Perfect get-a-way!  Comfy bed, delicious double shower, gorgeous food, amazing hosts, wonderful home & garden.  Everything we could have wanted.  Thank you.    

  • Paul & Susan, Scotland - Mar 2017

A delightful stay in a wonderful historic building, full of character.  Linda is a charming host, & her home made breakfasts are fantastic.  Thanks for the stay, - look out for the TripAdvisor review.   

  • David & Gayle, Auckland NZ - Mar 2017

Thank you Linda, we have so enjoyed our stay in your beautiful country villa.  Lovely bedroom, comfy bed and gorgeous home made breakfast.  Will certainly recommend your B&B.       

  • Angus & Genevra, Tawa NZ - Mar 2017

Thank you for looking after us so well, we loved the house, the peace, the home cooked dinner and your hospitality.  Would love to come back again.   

  • Tali & Amy, Palmerston North NZ - Mar 2017

1. Beautiful and awesome.  Hopefully we would return one day.

2. Really great for a quick getaway to peace & tranquility.  Great food! 

  • Jess & Ian, Australia - Mar 2017

What a beautiful haven you have created Linda.  The house and garden are absolutely beautiful and the breakfast a gourmet delight.  Especially appreciated that most of the fare was home-grown and homemade.  Love your cakes, croissants, bread and stewed rhubarb.  Best wishes for your future success.  

  • Lisa & Liat, Wellington NZ - Feb 2017

Amazing peaceful stay and beautiful bountiful breakfast – thank you.  We will be back! 

  • Mary & Gary, Canada - Feb 2017

Linda what a wonderful respite – I could stay here for quite a while – peaceful room with moonlight & sunshine & the sheep – it all feels right – and of course the delicious breakfasts – you are a wonderful hostess – thankyou so far a memorable stay.  

  • Lynne & John, Whangamata NZ - Feb 2017

A trip to Whanganui for a funeral was made just so pleasant by being able to stay at such a lovely B&B.  Thank you Linda for your hospitality & delicious organic breakfasts (& dinner)    

  • Sue & Bruce, Auckland NZ - Feb 2017

Lovely, quiet, peaceful countryside place to stay. 

  • Petra & Rien, Netherlands - Feb 2017

Dear Linda, what a beautiful house in a wonderful environment.  Beautiful garden, a lot of comfort in the house and warm welcome.  We enjoyed the delicious breakfast.  Whenever we visit NZ again, we will stay for several days. Petra & Rien (NL)

  • Neil & Mai-Britt, Malaysia / UK - Feb 2017

Lovely house with stylish décor & a great quiet, rural location.  Room & bathroom were great, we slept really well.  A delicious breakfast to set us up for the day.  Thank you Linda. 

  • Joseph & Philomena, England - Feb 2017

Thank you Linda for a wonderful stay.  We loved the location, the organic breakfast – a perfect place to relax and see Wanganui.  Love the sweet lemons Philomena & Joe

  • Mechthild & Ulrich, Germany - Jan 2017
Beautiful homestead with lovely gardens, great atmosphere in the wonderful old house and most friendly and hospitable host.  Love to come again!   
  • Marc & Chris, Francis & Veeile, Belgium- Jan 2017
1. Nice and quiet.  Beautiful rooms and view. 
2. Copy of a nice painting of Peter Breugel, the harvesters, original is hanging in the Metropolitan Museum of Arts in NY.   
  • Jenny & Billy, Scotland - Jan 2017
A lovely, welcoming and wholesome stay.  Calm and comfortable.  Thank you, Linda, very much. x/x      
  • Matt & Peggy, Lower Hutt NZ - Jan 2017
Linda is a terrific host, the house and garden are perfect and the breakfasts are wonderful.  Overall a fabulous stay!!   
  • Alida, Hagen, Philipp & Thomas, Latvija / Germany / Netherlands - Jan 2017
Perfect stay in a lovely setting and with great hospitality.  Delicious home made breakfast.  Very comfortable beds and looked after rooms, very clean.  Garden and surrounds are very nice. 
  • Eric & Hilary, Auckland NZ - Dec 2016
Breakfast was delicious and we enjoyed our stay very much.  Lovely surroundings and Lynda is a fantastic and friendly host.  We will back again.  (sic)
  • Wares family & Grandma Timms, Australia - Dec 2016
Thank you so much for an amazing stay.  Everything was perfect – from the breakfasts, homecooked meal and daily egg collection for the boys.  We can’t wait to come back again and will recommend you to everyone.  Thanks again Linda! 
  • Tamaryn & Ben, Wanganui NZ - Dec 2016
Such a beautiful getaway.  Quiet, peaceful, clean.  Amazing breakfast.  We will definitely like to come back or recommend.  Thank you for making us feel at home.  Tam & Ben :) 
  • Di, Lim & Pete, Australia - Nov 2016
Beautiful surroundings, comfiest beds ever.  Best wishes for continuing success.  Breakfast was delicious too!    
  • Jackie & Peter, England - Nov 2016
Many thanks for a lovely stay - despite earthquakes, storms & floods!!  Wanganui is great to visit and we had a great time exploring.  Breakfasts were not bad either!  J&P 
  • Pauline, USA / UK - Nov 16
Absolutely fabulous.  Loved the location, loved the house, loved the peacefulness.  Thank you Linda for making my stay so comfortable.  I feel as though I have made a friend and look forward to coming again.
  • Pamela, New Plymouth NZ - Nov 2016
Thx Linda, for a fabulous stay - great food, comfort & company.  Au bientot!