Beautiful location of Bay of Islands!! Even caught a couple of handy size snappers out on their beach,, had for dinner!! Plenty of highlights here!!
The location is good. Cleverly created space over the garage/boatshed. And what we saw of the garden looked inviting. But this is not a place we would want to stay again. We left after one night having paid for 2. The septic tank sends urine smells into the back of the loft, unless you close the window. Judging by their smell, the pillows are still the original. The kitchenette is less well equipped than the average en suite in NZ hotels. Eg no bread knife, toaster, and greasy cooking utensils and plates. There are no blinds for the skylight windows, so bad luck if you wanted to sleep much beyond sunrise and have forgotten your airline sleep mask. This could easily be kept at a ‘perfectly fine’ standard. But I am afraid that currently it is not as portrayed and it offers very poor value for money.
The help from Cindy was excellent in preparation for a special occasion, the accomodation was spotless, the views were spectacular, easy access to the location, local tourist attractions close by ie Omata Winery and the standup boarding was beyond our expectations and we did not want to leave.
Al and Cindy were so helpful and we will return in the future for another special occasion.....I am 65 next year....there we go!
Thanks Cindy and Al.
Wow--everything exceeded our expectations! Cindy and Al were wonderful, interesting, well-informed hosts. The loft was exactly what we wanted--a beautiful, private getaway in the tropical vegetation, overlooking Bay of Islands. It's just a short little walk down to the beach and we enjoyed the kayaks and paddle boards. The outer islands were spectacular and we highly recommend that visitors to Bay of Islands go check them out. Russell was a nice happy hour spot with shopping and small supermarkets, and we thought the Waitangi treaty grounds and museum in nearby Paihia were really well done and informative for those interested in some NZ history. Enjoy this lovely slice of NZ paradise!
Cindy and Al were such lovely host and with such an amazing property too! The gardens can only be described as a tropical paradise, the views were amazing and inside there was everything you could possibly need.
Would absolutely recommend!
What an absolutely perfect place to experience the Bay of Islands! Cindy and Albee were great hosts - generous, friendly and well informed about the area. The kayaks were a bonus and the view from the loft was amazing. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our stay and we were particularly happy with our choice of accommodation. We will definitely be back and we will definitely stay at the Bay Of Islands Beach House Loft!
We enjoyed three nights at the Beach House Loft. It was just what we needed to slow down after hectic work days and prepare the route for the rest of our New Zealand holiday. The loft is separate from the main house, quiet, clean and nicely appointed. Has wifi access and great massage shower. Being a loft, when sun shines all day (which it did while we were there) it is warm and requires no heating.
It is about 10 minutes drive from Russell township and fully self service so best to stock up on the essentials before you stop for the day. Barbecue is available to cook your own dinner or lunch, but we chose to eat out for lunch rather than have dinner.
You can be as active or sedentary as you wish. The double kayak did not get a workout while we were there but we did have walks along the little private beach.
Really we would rather keep this location a secret, but that would not be fair to owners Cindy and Al, who were delightful hosts and willing to be as helpful or as removed as you wish.
We can highly recommend this private little getaway for couples. You will not be disappointed.