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Reviewed February 26, 2013

Julie is a very capable host. Our room overlooked the sea and can only be described as excellent in fact it set the standard by which we judged all other places that we stayed during our trip. It was sad to hear that Julie and Colin may soon leave. We would wish them well and at the same time a little sadness that they may not be there if we visit Napier again.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Valerie F
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

Having read the reviews we were excited about staying here. Our welcome was cold compared with most places we have stayed in NZ. Our host did not even appear at breakfast although the breakfast was excellent. We had room 3 at the back with a balcony. It was very small and only had views of roofs.Perhaps our experience was because it's for sale.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank NorfolkLilly
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

Such a great B&B - friendly hosts. Nice and comfortable bedroom. And the breakfast was amazing. The decor is very traditional - but that fits in with the city. I recommend it for people who like to travel in style. There are some steep stairs so beware of that - all rooms are upstairs.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Llewster
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights in room 3, the one with a balcony. All rooms are on the 1st floor. Owners live on the ground floor of the Manor. The house and the room were all in all tastefully decorated. The room was wonderful, very clean and quietly situated at the back side of the house. The bathroom was large and modern. The location is excellent, 5 minutes to walk to the town center with its Art Deco buildings and a 30 minutes drive to the start point of Cape Kidnappers tour. You can park the car in front of the Manor or nearby at Marine Parade, very convenient.

The owners keep away from guests in a maybe unusual way for a B & B, but we mostly liked this way of handling guest contact as we appreciate to be left in privacy instead of being forced to small-talk about everything.

Breakfast is served on the ground floor from 8-9 am only. And this is our minor criticism: if you are the first at 8 am, you can enjoy a large variety of fresh fruit, jam, toast, pastry, butter and a little bit of cheese on the breakfast table shared by all. Unfortunately, and this was a disturbing thing, if you come later (meaning about 8.30 am) you might find the table in a mess like it was the case on one of our mornings –the owners did not appear in the breakfast room all the time we had breakfast and obviously also not before we came as used plates and cups, used knifes, bread crumbs, half-eaten food etc. of others were on the table all the time we sat there, and the cheese also did not look very inviting any more as others obviously used their knifes with jam on it to cut it…..this could definitely be better.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank TravelSiMa
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We stayed for 3 nights in January - the front room is very spacious with a sea view - we were aware of a little road noise the 1st night but by the 2nd had forgotten about it - breakfasts were super with a huge fresh fruit platter to start with - just a short walk to reach the city centre, many restaurants nearby -the city centre Art Deco tour from the i centre was excellent.

Room Tip: The front room was excellent - maybe a little road noise
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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