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Reviewed 18 December 2016

Russ and Pat are very friendly, they welcomed us with homemade pancakes ( actually it was another name which is quite common in England). The rooms are very clean and warm. Breakfast is really tasty. There is one geothermal hot tub in the back of the house, and we have enjoyed the hot pool very much after a long walk after dinner.

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

This is THE best place to stay in NZ.
Pat and Russ are the ideal hosts - they couldn't do enough.
Hot tub is brilliant.
Breakfasts awesome.
Room was terrific.
The blueprint that all B&Bs should follow

Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 February 2016

We stayed two nights with Pat and Russ in January 2016 and wished we had booked more. They are simply excellent hosts. Everything was superb - the welcome, the accommodation, breakfasts and the good company. I could go on. It must rate as one of the best B&Bs in the whole of New Zealand, if not the best. Needless to say, we won't hesitate to go back.

  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank LawrenceHarrogate
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Reviewed 2 February 2016 via mobile

Without doubt, this is the best B&B we've stayed in. From the minute we arrived, we were welcomed like family . Pat & Russ are wonderful hosts, and their house is superb, with beautiful views over lake and mountains. Nothing was too much trouble.
From the fantastic breakfast ( special mention for the ginger & white chocolate muffins) to the baked goodies, everything was perfect. Very sad to only stay the one night .

Stayed: February 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank galah74
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Reviewed 17 January 2016

Never have I been made so comfortable. Sink into the warmth of Pat and Russell's home.

Pat and Russell travel widely themselves, and they understand the needs of the traveler. Special touches you won't find elsewhere: air-conditioning, home-baked treats in the refrigerator, extensive hooks for your clothes, pumice stones, and a hot pool with water drawn fresh each day from a well on the property.

My sister-in-law, who has trouble sleeping, reported a full night's rest after a late dip in the pool. The chemicals in ordinary spa pools bother her skin, but this all-natural, fresh water gave her a floating sensation.

As two couples, we had the place to ourselves. One room has a separate sitting room and a private balcony (complete with sun umbrella) offering a panoramic view of Lake Taupo.

We visited Ambleside as part of a tour introducing my brother and sister-in-law to the North Island. Of all the places we visited--Auckland, Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Taupo, Napier, and Wellington--Taupo and Ambleside shone brightest for them. In fifteen years of travelling in New Zealand, Ambleside is the best accommodation (including luxury lodges) I've experienced.

  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled as a couple
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