The words ‘park in front of the brewery’ were just what we wanted to hear after a long day on the road. Many a beer drinker would like a brewery that opens into their lounge and that’s the set up at Wassail Brauhaus B&B in Egmont Village. The brewery is attached to a two storey self contained chalet – folding doors in the lounge hide the brewery away when the bar’s not in use.
Included in the $165 tariff for two are a selection of Busby brews and an antipasto platter. The English style ales are brewed by George Busby exclusively for guests, the beer flows through English hand pumps. George’s wife Marlene was a lovely hostess and we were so busy chatting, eating and drinking that taking photos was an afterthought ……. the remains of the English ales and antipasto platter…..
The brewery and its products were the drawcards for us as it made Wassail Brauhaus an unusual place to stay, however the chalet turned out to be the cherry on the hops. The spacious upstairs bedroom has a window that frames Mt Taranaki, the lounge has a sound system with CDs, and there’s books about brewing in the bookcase.
There’s a kitchenette (no full size oven), a BBQ, and we made good use of the patio that opens out from the lounge. Breakfast is included in the tariff, we had continental breakfast from provisions in the kitchenette but a cooked breakfast can be provided at no extra cost. The chalet is in a private rural setting and has its own parking. It wasn’t a surprise to read in the Visitors Book that many comments were from repeat guests, the only downside for us was the lack of Vodafone coverage.
Egmont Village is 12kms from New Plymouth and 6kms from Inglewood. Wassail Brauhaus will be especially enjoyed by those with an interest in craft beer, although anyone looking for spacious accommodation and friendly hosts in the New Plymouth area is unlikely to be disappointed.