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“An absolute gem in Doubtless Bay”

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Carneval Ocean View
Ranked #1 of 1 Cable Bay B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 January 2013

Roly and Martha are the perfect hosts and made us feel so welcome in their beautiful Bed and Breakfast. We thoroughly enjoyed their "Swiss Style" breakfast and conversations with them over the meal. The bedrooms and facilities were superb and the view could not have been better. Thank you Martha and Roly for making our three days stay so enjoyable.

Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Carneval_8, Owner at Carneval Ocean View, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2013

Thank you so much for your your report. We trust, you had a good trip back home. We hope to see you again sometimes. Kind regards Martha & Roly

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Reviewed 29 December 2012

During our honeymoon we spent 5 nights at Carneval Ocean View. Martha and Roly gave us a warm welcome and made us feel at home. The delicious Swiss breakfast with homemade bread & marmelade and many more treats exceeded all expectations! In addition, Roly's fantastic Xmas dinner needs mentioning. An unforgettable holiday with lovely host! - We are very much looking forward to our next stay and will certainly recommend it to our friends who are planning on travelling the Northland!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Carneval_8, Owner at Carneval Ocean View, responded to this reviewResponded 31 December 2012

Thank you so much for taking the time for a report. It was so great having you two and we wish you a nice resto of your holiday in your New Zealand. Love to see you soon again!

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Reviewed 8 December 2012

My husband and I, with our 9-month-old infant daughter stayed here with another couple friend of ours who brought along their 20-month-old boy. Roly and Martha are such wonderful hosts with their own traveling stories to share. The rooms are tastefully decorated with some of Martha's own handicrafts. Excellent comfy beds and great showers. The whole place is a labor of love, well-kept and maintained like a cosy home and you get to have bread, muffins and even home-made jams for breakfast. We had such a lovely spread, and the breakfast was wonderful and filling. Roly would ask exactly how we will like our eggs done! Martha and Roly are so helpful in helping us get take-aways to eat at their place too. Definitely a place worth staying when making a trip to the Northland!

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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Carneval_8, Owner at Carneval Ocean View, responded to this reviewResponded 16 December 2012

Thank you so much for your report. We hope you had a good time in the South Island as well. It would be great to see again sometimes. Kind regards Martha & Roly

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Reviewed 5 December 2012

We stayed here for two nights in November 2012. It was superb in every aspect but especially the wonderful welcome from Martha and Roli with a briefing on the local sights accompanied by a glass of wine! The room was extremely clean and comfortable and the breakfasts outstanding! Highly recommended if you are passing by Cable Bay.

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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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romada, Owner at Carneval Ocean View, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2012

Thank you so much for your report. We hope you had a wonderful trip through New Zealand. Kind regards Martha & Roly

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Reviewed 20 July 2012

We really enjoyed out stay at Carneval. The welcome was warm and genuine, the room was very comfortable and the breakfasts delicious. The location is stunnig, looking out on Doubtless Bay. Martha and Roly are excellent hosts and we would love to go back again next time we are up that way and would recommend to family and friends.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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romada, Owner at Carneval Ocean View, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2012

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a report. We wish you a nice time and hope to see you again. Kind regards, Martha & Roly

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Reviewed 30 April 2012

Wow. Everything about this B&B is perfect: incredible hosts, great location, stunning views, huge rooms and sumptuous breakfast (or perhaps feast is more appropriate).
Roly and Martha are two of the most friendly and accommodating people you could wish to meet and they will bend over backwards to make your stay memorable and amazing. By the time we left, we wanted to adopt them as our parents and not just because Roly is a trained chef.
The Carneval is situated on top of a hill overlooking Cable Bay and although the driveway is more than a little steep and quite daunting at first, the reward is well worth it. The views from every room are drop-dead gorgeous and if you are very lucky, you may even see dolphins swimming in the bay. The surrounding gardens are very pretty and set off the view beautifully. They also contain guava and feijoa trees from which you are invited to pick your own fresh fruit in season! This is in addition to the fruit bowl provided in your room. Which brings us on to eating....
We would travel halfway across the globe again just for the breakfast. Roly and Martha serve up a feast for the eyes and tastebuds. To name but a few of the dishes: variety of home made, fresh breads and jams, proper Swiss muesli (divine), yoghurt, fresh fruit salad, honey and spreads, meats and cheeses, fresh juices etc and on top of this Roly's AMAZING cooked breakfast. We adored the poached eggs with cripsy bacon which were perfect in every way and the scrambled eggs which were the tastiest we have ever had. Breakfast is topped off by the incredible views, either through the large dining windows on colder days or from the glorious terrace on sunny mornings. We stayed over Easter and on Easter Sunday found the Easter bunny had been very busy (or just Roly and Martha - who could be sure?). They added to the "usual" breakfast fare with bunny-shaped chocolate bread, fabulous gingerbread, assorted chocolate eggs and a Lindt chocolate bunny each. Wow!
Martha also supplies great maps (laminated - they really do think of everything) and information for the local area. She is more than happy to make bookings for you, print off additional information and recommend lovely restaurants. However, make sure you spend at least one dinner with them as master chef Roly will whip up a 3 course stunner for you. The stories and friendship are as good as the food, which is excellent.
The large room in which we stayed was nicely decorated and could easily accommodate a family if necessary. There was a separate dressing room with a fridge (so no noise at night) and a large ensuite shower room. Everything was beautifully clean and well presented. The location with all the beautiful beaches (e.g. Karikari peninsula) and the Bay of Islands to the South makes this a great base for Northland, if you can tear yourself away from the B&B.
Stay here a month - you won't regret it! We might emigrate to New Zealand just so we can stay here on holiday more often.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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romada, Owner at Carneval Ocean View, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2012

You were our dream couple too and would not mind at all, to really adopt you! It was so great having you and thank you for the big surprise, when we wanted to do your room, the handmade Makana Chocolates, were just divine. Thank you so much for staying with us and the report. We would really look forward seeing you again.

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Reviewed 26 April 2012

Beautiful accommodation and splendid breakfast in a stunning location. Well informed, friendly hosts Martha and Roly helped make our overnight stay a pleasure. Fresh fruit and chocolates in the room a nice touch. Although we had only one night there, we are planning a longer return stay in this magnificent part of NZ soon.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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romada, Owner at Carneval Ocean View, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2012

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a report. I would be great to see you again for a longer stay with us in Doubtless Bay. Kind regards Martha & Roly

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Additional Information about Carneval Ocean View

Address: 360 State Highway 10 | Cable Bay, Cable Bay, Mangonui 0420, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Mangonui > Cable Bay
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Cable Bay
Price Range: £89 - £110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Carneval Ocean View 4*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury accommodation with panoramic views overlooking picturesque Doubtless Bay. Designed to Mediterranean style in spacious landscaped gardens, Carneval offers European-style B&B accommodation with two king size ensuite bedrooms. Heated with Finnish Tulikivi wall heating, a Tulikivi fire warms the lounge in winter.A short stroll to the safe swimming beach of Cable Bay, where guests enjoy relaxing in the sun, swimmming or fishing. Your hosts, Martha ad Roly, speak Swiss, German and French. ... more   less 
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