About Us & History

Your McCormick House hosts

Your Kiwi hosts, Jeanne and Carl, are fifth generation New Zealanders who have an extensive knowledge of their amazing country. They both enjoy meeting guests from different cultures and look forward to sharing their local knowledge and welcome you to their home.

Carl, a designer of fine furniture, loves restoring early New Zealand colonial pieces. He has smaller craft items, made from locally sourced recycled timbers, which can be purchased by guests.  For relaxation, Carl tends to his herb and vegetable plots and grows New Zealand nikau palms.

Jeanne has a background in finance as a banking executive, an invaluable asset in the daily running of McCormick House. She is also very passionate about her garden and catering to the whims of Libby, the McCormick House cat.

Jeanne and Carl are wine and food lovers, living their dream  in the Marlborough wine region. They savour the delights of local wineries, restaurants, farmer’s markets and art galleries.

Carl and Jeanne care about guest health and safety.
Carl is a Certified First Aider and they both hold Safe Food Handling Certificates.
Carl has several years experience in food, timber and log inspection.

Short bush walks which Jeanne and Carl enjoy, are easily accessed from McCormick House’s doorstep. The Queen Charlotte Track, Abel Tasman and Milford Track are just some of the longer amazing South Island walking tracks they have hiked.

Carl and Jeanne both enjoy meeting guests from different cultures and look forward to welcoming you to their Picton boutique accommodation.

Carl & Jeanne, Your Hosts

McCormick House History 

 Carl and Jeanne named McCormick House after Donald McCormick, who emigrated from Scotland in 1854. Most of his working life was spent farming at Whatamango Bay near Picton in the picturesque Marlborough Sounds, retiring to Picton township in 1914, where he had this large house, attributed to Nelson Architect, William Houlker, built on a prominent, half acre site.

Donald McCormick’s three daughters continued to live in the house until the mid 1960’s.
Today there are many McCormick decendants, still living in Picton and the Marlborough area.

Jeanne and Carl purchased McCormick House in 2001 after searching throughout the country for a suitable property to start their Bed and breakfast business.  McCormick House Luxury Accommodation was opened in 2004 after 2 years of extensive restoration and renovation.

Jeanne and Carl offer the charm and personal attention of a bed and breakfast whilst extending the amenities associated with full service hotels.
They have managed to retain the original Arts and Craft era, wood panelled doors, staircase and many architectural features.

McCormick House is set on 2008 square metres of mainly indigenous forest trees and native plants. Guests are most welcome to walk around the formed tracks and view the many different species. Many of these trees and plants are identified by their local, Maori and botanical names.

A gallery of early black and white photographs are on display in the hallway for guests to view. Books on the McCormick family and local Picton and Marlborough history are also available in the guest library.


“Thankyou so very much, wonderful people, house, chooks, cats and views.”

Judyanne and Robert - Hopetown Western Australia




From Picton High street roundabout, continue 1.5km along Waikawa Road, then turn right into Leicester St. McCormick House is on the right, number 21, our driveway is just before the intersection of Milton Terrace. Guest parking is up the driveway, on the right.


McCormick House
21 Leicester Street
Picton 7220
New Zealand

Telephone: + 64(0)3 573 5253
Mobile : 0212989106

Fax : +64 (0)3 573 5263
E-mail: stay@mccormickhouse.co.nz
Website : www.mccormickhouse.co.nz