Waterfall Bay is just 15 minutes from Picton, at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. It is located in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds and is a stunning natural beauty. Grandpa Appleby (my grandfather on my mother's side) built a cottage there many years ago, where he and his family lived for a while before moving to the North Island.
Today, Waterfall Bay is owned by Michael Seresin, who is one of the world’s most highly regarded cinematographers. In addition to his work in film, Seresin is a winemaker, having founded Seresin Estates in Marlborough in 1992. He restored my grandfather's cottage and in 1999 started holding a series of lunches and dinners in the cottage. Nowadays, the Seresin Estate Waterfall Bay dinners are legendary among the culinary cognoscenti and run simultaneously with the Marlborough Wine Festival. A top international chef is invited to design the five course menu and for four days, assisted by three chefs, two kitchen hands and four front of house staff, transforms the small waterside cabin into a world-class restaurant. There is a waiting list for places and each year around 240 guests journey by launch to Waterfall Bay to enjoy these wonderful occasions.
This year my mother and her sister Judy, plus my sister Jude & her Clive stayed at Waterfall Bay in Michael Seresin's former home (he has two there). They found it was such a wonderful experience being there, so peaceful and beautiful, and with the spiritual connection of being back in the place where they used to live many years ago. People say you can't go back - but sometimes you can.
I think one of my "bucket list" wishes is now to go to Waterfall Bay, to see my grandfather's cottage, and experience the peace and tranquility of one of nature's wonders.