'The Keep' Guest Book




The following entries are taken from the guest book in the cottage where previous visitors left their comments.

Anyone staying with us is welcome to read these entries in the book.




July 2014

"Hadn't been here an hour, when we already decided we were coming back. Charming hosts, the property is testament to the hard work and love they've put in! Awesome mountain bike tracks to be found, hit 60kph plus today!  P&J

"Best, most welcoming accommodation! Trudy heated the place before arrival time. very well st up.....everything that you would normally need to bring on a weekend away, already here! Love the strudel and yum, that soap!!
PS: I'm in love...with your house.  C&P

"What a charming, welcoming, beautiful place to spend a couple of days of rest and relaxation.Thank you. We will definitely come back and we'd especially love to see it in spring! Thank you for your thoughtful hospitality.
PS: Love the soap!"  L&M

June 2014

"Thank you for a very relaxing weekend on your beautiful property. You supplied everything we wanted and a lot more. The strudel and soaps were delicious and lovely. A delightful spot, thank you very much!"  D&H


April 2014

"Thank you Trudy & Robert for letting us stay here. We've had a wonderful time, picking raspberries ,feeding the horses and, most of all, enjoying the beautiful, peaceful scenery! Your hospitality was much appreciated, hope to come back to this stunning place again,"  SF

"What a beautiful, serene place you have here! We wish we could have stayed longer in the relaxing cottage but we enjoyed chatting with Trudy about the trees and the property during our short time here. And the strudel and home-made soaps were the perfect touch for our last romantic weekend before the baby is born.  A&J


March 2014

"Trudy & Robert, many thanks for the privilege of sharing yourself-made special place of peace, also your collective ever ready hospitality. We've greatly enjoyed our short sojourn.
PS: The strudel was special. Be happy, healthy and safe."  M&D

January 2014

"Our 2nd time back, and it has been absolutely perfect. Thank you so much for your generosity and hospitality when our friends came, and of course, the horticulture lesson! We shall see you again."  S&D

December 2013

"We arrived tired and stressed and left totally renewed. Trudy and Robert have thought of everything that one could possibly need and want in a B&B. Their kind and friendly nature only adds to the sense of peace we feel here. Thank you Trudy and Robert - we will return!"  P&G

"Most enjoyable stay, a generous welcome, peaceful and relaxing environment and a delicious breakfast. Thank you. A Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year from us all, and thanks for the delicious strudel!"  A,M,J&S

"Miller's paddock never looked so good!! Congratulations on transforming barren land into a charming, attractive property you both can be so proud of. Your love of this piece of Taradale shows and we hope you enjoy the fruits of your labor ,as we have, for years to come. Thank you."  A&M


November 2013

"Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your delightful B&B. Loved the decor and your eye for detail and were inspired by your quirky garden art.. Thank you, and we hope to return."  M&V

"What a wonderful property and wonderful hospitality! Thank you for going above and beyond to make our stay here so easy. We would love to stay longer! Next time perhaps."  C& J

"A wonderfully relaxing stay, beautiful surrounds, wonderful bird-life and so peaceful. Our hosts Trudy and Robert were the stars, very warm and welcoming. Thank you, you hardworking hosts."  J&T


September 2013

"Trudy and Robert, thank you for a delightful few days. We have stayed in a good number of B&Bs over the years and enjoyed them but your warm and friendly hospitality and your keen attention to all our needs have made this stay second to none."  W&V

"Thank you very much for having us stay in your very lovely, cosy cottage. We had a wonderful stay! Thank you for your warm hospitable welcome and late check-out! We will be looking forward to our next visit!"  S&A


August 2013

"So cosy and homely. Trudy, our very short stay was perfect. We loved all the little extra touches to the cottage. We would love to return. Absolutely fantastic stay."  B&P


"Absolutely stunning cottage! Wish we could've stayed longer. Wonderful hosts and we will definitely be back for another visit.
Awesome location, such a pretty area!."  J

July 2013

"Trudy and Robert, you have created a first class accommodation. We love it! Thank you too for your generous hospitality and we shall see you again."  S&D

"Thanks Trudy and Robert for your warm hospitality. We were cosy, comfortable and had everything we could possibly need (except sunshine). A lovely break for us."
J&C

"Thank you for the great accommodation, it was a really peaceful and comfortable place to spend time, and very welcoming. We’ll be back soon – and many thanks for letting us stay late."  M&L

June 2013

"Thank you for a beautiful, relaxing, refreshing place to stay. The house is gorgeous and we also really appreciated how welcoming and helpful you have been." K&P

"The nature, beauty and tranquility of this place is at least equaled by Trudy and Robert’s warm and welcoming personality and hospitality. We loved our stay so much, Thank you!!!"   G&J

"We absolutely loved our long weekend break in this cosy, immaculately and thoughtfully decorated B&B. Trudy and Robert, you were the friendliest, most helpful and lovely hosts and your stunning garden, gorgeous Sunday Cafe and attention to detail with everything makes ‘The Keep’ a unique and special place.
Thank you." R&G


May 2013

"A perfect, relaxing break. Our delightful hosts could not have made us more welcome. Peace and tranquility plus wonderful gardening advice."  P,M&D


March 2013     

"Trudy and Robert you were the perfect hosts, so welcoming and friendly. A delightful, peaceful retreat, a thoughtful accommodation providing everything we could want, even fresh herbs and beautiful caked. Enjoyed you garden. Thank you."  M&P