We stayed at the self catering cottage, welcomed by Mike who had a vast amount of knowledge of the area and things to do.
The location was very peaceful, with lovely well kept gardens. A hammock and sitting area overlooking the river to chill out next to. There was access to the river and a wooden bench to sit down there. We got our feet wet but didn't go swimming - Mike had explained which area's were safe to swim in. We met a neighbours dog that kept coming into the water to catch stones!
The property is approx 15 mins away from Taupo by car - I'm glad we didn't stay in Taupo - while the view over the lake was great the town was very touristy and could imagine it being quite loud at night.
If you stay at Aultmore make sure you go to the Huka falls and the Aratiatia dam - Mike can advise the timings for these.
Mike and Julia have 4 cute cats whowill come and say hello if you call them over.
As this is near the river there are quite a few mosquito's around and we did have to spray a fair wack of bug spray - Mike had range me after I left to say he couldn't get rid of the spray smell. There were quite a few mosquito's around and got inside despite keeping the windows shut.
The property was roomy, well equipped and had some cookies left for us to eat. Plenty of books and games around the place.
It was a bit tired and basic as other guests have said - everything worked ok but could do with a bit of a refit soon. Old fashioned bathroom. Few cobwebs and dead flies. The owners don't charge much so it was good value to what was on offer. A nice refit and I'd happily pay a bit more.
Very peaceful stay - basic place to stay at a budget rate - would rather stay here than in touristy andoverpriced Taupo! We liked being welcomed back each night by the cats :)
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- Country Comfort bed & breakfast in a special, secluded riverside setting. Choice of full private B&B suite or self catering, self contained detached cottage. Everything provided for your comfort. Safe swimming, year round fishing & boating right here. A truly romantic place to stay handy to both Taupo & Rotorua. ... more less
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