• 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! 
  • Pauline & Patrick, France - Jul 2016
Merci de tout coeur pour votre accueil.
The house is gorgeous & going to have a good remember of my visit here.  Thank you so much. xx Pauline
Tres belle maison.  Beautiful house grandeur.  I love the place.  Patrick
  • Claire & Ramon, Australia - May 2016
Thank-you Linda.  A wonderful stay @ Fordell Homestead.  Delightful house & very comfy bed.  Loved the double shower.  Dinner was fantastic - thank you.  Keep up the great work with the fresh & organic foods.  All the best. xo  
  • Dawn & Ed, USA - May 2016
Love the country feel, the charm, and wow, the food!  Thanks for your friendly conversation, your help and advice, and the clean, comfy accommodations.  You're brave to take all this on, and you're making a beautiful place!  Ed & Dawn 
  • Matt & Natalie, Wellington NZ - Apr 2016
Perfect setting for an overnight stay in Whanganui.  Loved the food, loved the house and thank you Linda for being such a great host.  We hope to come back and stay again! All the best
  • Mary & Teresa, Whangarei NZ - Apr 2016
What a wonderful stay.  A beautiful home full of treasures and footsteps of people past.  Very comfortable and the food prepared was amazing!  We will be back when our ancestors call again.
  • Kathy & Mark, Auckland NZ - Apr 2016
Lovely hostess, wonderful food and accommodation recommend to one and all.  Peaceful surroundings.  All the best for the coming year. 
  • Rowan & Sue, Opunake, NZ - Apr 2016
Absolutely delightful.  Love the house & Linda is a fabulous host.  Thank you. 
  • Alex & Steffi, Switzerland - Apr 2016
Beautiful and quiet and very clean!!!  Linda is amazing and so is her food.  She gave us good recommendations for our next days in New Zealand.  Hopefully we will be back!  The beds are so great and we had the best sleep during our NZ travel for now.  We just loved it!!!  Thank you, Linda.
  • Jenny & Roger, Hamilton NZ - Apr 2016
Enjoyed the organic breakfast in lovely surroundings.
  • Peter & Anna, Paraparaumu NZ - Mar 2016
1. A truly refreshing break.  Very comfortable bed and superb meals.  Great hospitality - just what we both needed!
2. Thank you for a lovely friendly atmosphere - we felt very at home.
  • Ruth & John, Korokoro NZ - Mar 2016
We enjoyed the peaceful environment & marvel at your restoration. 
  • Anne & Anant, Wellington NZ - Mar 2016
What a beautiful peaceful & tranquil Bed & Breakfast.  
I loved my stay here.  I will be back and I will recommend this lovely place to family and friends (in Taranaki & Wellington).  Thank you both for your hospitality.  :-)  Anne xx Anant :-)
  • Eleonor & Serge, Wellington NZ - Mar 2016
1. Beautiful, clean, quiet with amazing bedroom...Breakfast was fantastic!!!
2. Thank you for this amazing quiet escape with beautiful bird songs and picturesque scenery.  Liked the style of the red room.  All amazing.  And thanks for your homemade breakfast.
  • Annette, Wellington NZ - Mar 2016
Wonderful hospitality in a beautiful, peaceful setting.  Linda a fantastic hostess.  Thank you.
  • Donella, Wellington NZ - Mar 2016
The most wonderful comfortable beds, and slept so well with them and the peaceful country air.  Thank you Linda for your beautiful fresh food as well!
  • Jill & Stuart, New Plymouth NZ - Mar 2016
Fantastic stay, very enjoyable.  Highly recommend.  Wonderful meals lovely host and hostess..  What a great place.
  • Thomas & Maria, Germany - Mar 2016
Lovely place.  Great gluten free muffins!  We enjoyed the stay. 
  • Jane, Vaughan, Dene & Terri, Hamilton & New Plymouth NZ - Mar 2016
Really nice, and a lovely hostess too.  Thanks Linda for our stay.  We will be back now Terri is here in Wanganui (ASB).  Go the Chiefs.
  • Bev & Dave, Wellington NZ - Feb 2016
Lovely peaceful home to stay in!  Great character & a beautiful garden to enjoy.  Lovely fresh breakfast.  We really enjoyed our stay!
  • Rose & Arthur, Christchurch NZ - Feb 2016
A wonderful stay.  We enjoyed the tasty organic meals.
  • Marcel & Sabine, Switzerland - Feb 2016
Nice and quiet very well renovated place.  We liked it.  Warmly welcome.  We really enjoyed our stay.
  • Marg & George, Mossburn NZ - Feb 2016
Lovely quiet place to stay.  Great food as well. Many thanks Marg T
  • Martin & Helen, UK - Feb 2016
We love this house! Marvellous welcome, delicious breakfast. 
  • Andrea & Graham, UK - Feb 2016
A beautiful place to stay; very peaceful and relaxing. Thanks Linda for your excellent hospitality.
  • Monika, The Netherlands - Jan 2016
What a lovely paradise in rural Wanganui area!  Feeling at home by Linda's warm personality and hospitality immediately.  I had a wonderful night in the cosy, luxurious en-suite bedroom.  Waking up with the birds and a delicious home-made breakfast is an excellent start of the day.  Thank you so much Linda for our lovely chats and taking care of my needs.  I'll definitely come back. :-)  
  • Belinda & John, Christchurch NZ - Jan 2016
1. Great hospitality. Lovely to have a chat about life & travel!  A lovely stay in a gracious home.  Thank you Linda, it's been nice to be able to stay in your home...a peaceful haven!
2. Amazing find in the middle of our North Island holiday.  Best ever breakfast.  Wonderful nights sleep & country air.  Thank you Linda for your kindness & care.
  • Brendan & Kerry-Ann, Wanganui NZ - Jan 2016
Outstanding hospitality! Very comfortable, clean and pleasant.  Amazing breakfast. Thanks very much Linda.