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“Tranquil oasis in Taumarunui”
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
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33 reviews
Private self contained Cottage set amidst a 5 acre garden
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Private Room, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Taumarunui, Manawatu-Wanganui Region, North Island

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Sonia Y
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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11 reviews
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“Tranquil oasis in Taumarunui”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2014 for a stay in January 2014

Staying at Bradley's Garden B&B is like stepping into another world. The cottage is a delightful mix of old and new - and each item looks like it has been specially selected for the room. When we were there the weather wasn't wonderful, but we felt snug and warm inside the cottage. Its secluded location is perfect for countryside peace and quiet. We wandered all around the garden, which opens into new and unexpected 'rooms' and marvelled at Melana's eye for detail. We also tried out the spa pool, which was welcome on an unseasonably cool night.
Not knowing where to eat in town, Melana offered to provide us dinner on the first night. It was delightful, and she even managed to hunt out a Hawke's Bay red for us to drink with it. The breakfasts were tasty and filling - we had planned a day on the Forgotten World Adventures Rail Cart tours - and she was happy to accommodate our early start. An added bonus is that the cottage has a fully-equipped kitchen, so we were able to prepare our own dinner the second night. It wasn't a patch on Melana's cooking.
Although there is limited cellphone coverage in the area, having free wifi available to log on to really made a difference. We could keep up with what was going on in the outside world and share some of our adventures online with our family and friends.
Melana is a delightful host, she pays close attention to detail and we appreciated the effort she went to to ensure our stay was restful and enjoyable. She knew the other tourism operators we were going to be dealing with, and she was happy to recommend local places for us to try. We really enjoyed our stay at Bradley's Garden B&B and we would highly recommend it to anyone considering staying. It is an unexpected jewel hidden along the Forgotten World Highway.

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Liked best: The quality of the food and the comfortable bed
Liked least: Minimal cellphone access (not the host's fault)
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers
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Peter R
Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
“The only place to stay in Taumarunui!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2014 for a stay in November 2013

Bradley's garden B&B was a delight to stay at. We had just completed the Timber Trail and were exhausted when we arrived at 7pm. Melana Bradley was unfazed by our late arrival and our sudden desire for an evening meal. A wonderful meal arrived within the hour and after a luxurious soak in the private spa pool we slept soundly in the serene peace of the countryside. Birds woke us in the morning and we enjoyed a very welcome cooked breakfast on the terrace overlooking the garden. We strolled around the garden for at least an hour, and were enthralled. The 5 acres have been divided into many discrete areas, each one with a different theme to the others and every area a delight to behold.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and wished it had been longer than 2 nights. We couldn't fault the amenities provided as the private unit is superbly appointed and maintained to a very high standard. Melana & her husband were extremely helpful in providing local knowledge for our onward cycling trip to New Plymouth; this too we greatly appreciated.
We will certainly be returning!

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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margnbob
Auckland
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4 reviews
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“Hospitality Par Excellence”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2013 for a stay in December 2013

We were looking for a comfortable, well appointed and quiet property where we could really relax. We found it at Bradley's Garden B&B. Set in a 5 acre garden the single unit is supremely comfortable and well appointed with a pleasant rural outlook from the wide verandah. Melana Bradley, who has developed the superb garden over a number of years, is also a marvellous cook, providing delicious breakfasts and dinners for what we felt was very reasonable cost. Highly recommended.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Jose M
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Superb”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2013 for a stay in November 2013

What a fantastic place. Beautiful and quiet place. Very well run. You sleep like a log.
Excellent breakfast.

Travelling group: Solo
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Sascha S
Poindimié
1 review
“An amazing place to be!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2013 for a stay in November 2013

Absolute relaxation and well-being is what we experienced here. We enjoyed the tranquility of this peaceful place to the full, during a pleasant stroll through the lovely garden or a laid-back spa session.
In the end we would have loved to stay even longer as this place is also a perfect spot for a bunch of activities in the area, like the Tongariro Crossing, a canoe trip on the Whanganui River, mountainbiking on the Timber Trail or the Forgotten World Highway.
So, like we did, you'll have a fabulous time! You won't regret your stay here!

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Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Hannah V
Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
“Absolute perfection!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013

We had such a wonderful stay at Bradleys garden B&B. Every detail had been taken care of and the spa a real treat. The gardens were a delight to explore. A quiet, peaceful, perfect place to retreat. We'll definitely be back!

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Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Peter C
Rotorua
1 review
“Generous,spontanious hospitality with beautiful luxurious amenities”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013

How we did enjoy our stay at this wonderful retreat!
Having lived in Taumarunui for more than 40 years-grew up there -it was a wonderful surprise to return and to find this piece of Paradise.
EVERTHING JUST PERFECT!
Beautifully furnished,large spacious accommodation,complimented by first class ensuite and kitchen facilities,surrounded by acres of gardens.The results of your endeavours evident everywhere.We will love to return in the Spring/Summer to enjoy the gardens in those seasons.Topping all was your generous spontanious and welcoming hospitality-We will return

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property
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5 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
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Liked best: The outstanding qualityof the ammenities
Liked least: Cold day
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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