On Day 2 of our road trip we set out to Rotorua to experience a ‘famil’ at the stunning Peppers on the Point Resort in Rotorua.
Peppers on the Point is an historic mansion, situated overlooking the beautiful Lake Rotorua and Mokioa Island, surrounded by 2.8 hectares of land.
The history of the resort is equally as impressive. Until 1994 this mansion was a family home and throughout the main building there are photos of the family (s) who lived there, and the home as it changed over the years.
Peppers on the Point is also very popular as a wedding venue for both New Zealanders and discerning International travellers.
The beautiful stone chapel overlooks the Lake and is the perfect, peaceful, romantic setting for saying those vows.
The grounds also have walkways and animals including Sam the Dog, some donkeys, miniature horses, alpaca and sheep – a total hit with children.
At Peppers, there are a number of different accommodation types to suit different experiences.
The mansion, has beautiful suites, including a disabled access suite.
There are two cottages on the property, complete with Jacuzzis, separate from the main house.
There is also a larger apartment, seperate to the main house, available for larger groups.
We were fortunate to stay in a beautiful suite with twin queen size beds, a massive window overlooking the lake, a huge bathroom with underfloor heating and spa bath.
Peppers has a large wine cellar, a large room to serve as a lunch venue for those wishing to book a function, spa treatments available.
They also have a libray with books and dvds, which was a favourite place for my daughter.
I think the thing that wowed us the most at Peppers, aside from the attentive, friendly staff, was the amazing food.
As a person with Coeliacs and food allergies to dairy and eggs, it is always a challenge to eat out .
The chefs at Peppers went above and beyond to cater for my food requirements.
We started off our dinner experience with drinks and canapés in the lounge, in front of a roaring fire, an intimate setting with only a few other guests.
The canapés themselves were an experience of incredible taste!
For dinner we were seated at our own table, as were the two other sets of guests. Peppers does have a large dining table for bigger groups but we were impressed by the intimacy created by being able to dine on our own.
The table service was incredible. We were waited on hand and foot by highly professional and friendly staff.
Our four course meal started with a beautiful Tomato and Fennel soup,
followed by an entree of scallops. The main was fresh New Zealand Schnapper and the dessert a beautiful sorbet.
My daughter declared it the best meal she had ever eaten (in all her 10 years!) and I had to agree! It was divine! And better still, it catered for all my food requirements.
A big thumbs up to Peppers on their exquisite food!!
Breakfast was also a delicious experience and we felt pampered and attended to.
Peppers is definitely a place I would recommend for a number of reasons. For a romantic getaway it ticks all the boxes, for a family experience where your children are treated as important guests too, it is perfect.
The setting is beautiful, the food is exquisite, the staff are professional and friendly.
It is the PERFECT getaway.