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Grafton Cottage and Chalets
Ranked #2 of 14 Thames B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Hitchin, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Just like staying with friends!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2013

Rachel and Albie made us most welcome right from the start after our journey. The greeting could not have been better. The accommodation is in separate, self-obtained cedar chalets, which contained all that could be expected. The couple are in the process of refurbishing the accommodation and everything is in place for an excellent stay. The views over the west side of the Coromondel are excellent from the patio doors. In the summer, it would be possible to sit on your private, secluded balcony and sea the sea. There is also a spa tub and a small swimming pool. However, we were staying in midwinter and our hosts had been into the chalet to turn the heating on prior to our return from a day's sightseeing. Provisions for making your own breakfast were delivered to our room at a time of our choice, along with a friendly chat!

Room Tip: The Camellia chalet had excellent views and was furthest from the car park.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2013

My husband and I stayed at Grafton Cottages for the 1 week NZ portion of our honeymoon trip and we could not be more thrilled with our choice. We stayed in the "Rata" cottage and you could not find a better view of Thames and the water. Gorgeous sunsets, beautiful mornings-- even the foggy ones! We loved the accommodation, the breakfast was plenty and charged us up for our full days of biking and sightseeing. The owners (Rachel and Alby) and some of the nicest people we've met in our travels and genuinely want to share their little slice of paradise with their guests. Alby took us around for 2 days of sightseeing which was awesome-- he has great stories, information, and a wonderful personality! It was such a great personal experience! The location is great overall as you can get to anywhere in the Coromandel easily and also to Auckland or Rotorua, etc. It's also right up from town-- a doable/easy walk if you're so inclined. We will definitely be telling everyone we know about Grafton Cottages! I hope to bring family back one day!

Room Tip: The Rata Cottage has the BEST views of the town and water-- exceptional for the gorgeous sunsets. Pl...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Blue Mountains National Park, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2013

We arrived in Thames at night for the first time and finally made our way to Grafton Cottages. We met Alby who cheerily welcomed us and showed us to Rose Cottage, along with little Leiana leading the way!
Rose Cottage was very clean, comfortable and a pleasure to relax in. Breakfasts were hearty. A nice balance between getting to know you and privacy. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thank you.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2013

I was looking for a place where I could relax and unwind for 2 or 3 days after a busy season. I could not have chosen better. The best part was the neat couple that own the place, they couldn't have done more to make me feel at home. The location is peaceful with great views of the township and across the firth of Thames. I can highly recommend a stay here and intend to return myself.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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graftoncottage, Owner at Grafton Cottage and Chalets, responded to this review, 10 June 2013
We are so pleased that you were able to unwind and relax with us here at Grafton Cottage and Chalets. It definitely is a peaceful place with sometimes just the sound of the birds chirping in the trees. It was great that you could spend some time in Thames and take a look to see how things had changed from when you have been here previously.
Thanks so much for taking your time to write a kind review for us. It is always lovely to hear about guests that plan to return to stay as we too look forward to seeing a familiar face. See you again soon!
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Melbourne Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2013 via mobile

We stayed in Kauri Chalet as a family of three. It has a room upstairs with queen and single (very comfy beds), and a downstairs room with small sofa, chair, tv, well-equipped kitchen and eating area. There is a heater downstairs and it does a great job keeping the unit warm. There are decks to enjoy the view both upstairs and downstairs. The chalet was clean and very comfortable. The shower had plenty of hot water and there is a heated towel bar which is always nice. The view really makes this place and makes it a very enjoyable place to stay. The hosts, Rachel and Alby, are very pleasant and helpful.
The location is very close to wonderful hiking in the Kaueranga River Gorge. It is also close to town and a Pac n Sav.
WiFi comes with the unit but was very spotty during our stay. Also, there is no closet or hangers, etc. to hang clothes (but it is a chalet so perhaps that's why).
I highly recommend a stay here and will hopefully do so again.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Oakland CA
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2013

My favorite part of this place was the lovely family that runs it. The accommodations were lovely too, but they really do have a super sweet vibe that carries through the whole place.
One of the reasons I chose it is because of its hot tub. Unfortunately, they had just replaced it that day and hadn't hooked it up yet, so that wasn't available - but it means that they have a new hot tub!
They gave us great recommendations on how to drive over to the other part of the peninsula and generally were very hospitable and friendly.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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AlbyandRachel, Owner at Grafton Cottage and Chalets, responded to this review, 16 June 2013
Ahhhh - that was such a shame for you about the hot tub. Yes it is up and running now and the guests are loving it. Most of them comment about enjoying the stunning views and listening to the native New Zealand birds while enjoying their soak. You will have to come back one day to try it! Thanks so much for your kind words about the 'super sweet vibe' that runs through Grafton. Comments like this make our hearts melt as we really do aim to make every bodies stay here an enjoyable and pleasant one and it really makes us happy to know that what we are doing is working!
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2013

Stayed just one night for my birthday, a 24 hour getaway, and thoroughly impressed with great offer on Manuka Chalet to accommodate our small dog, wonderful premises and exceptional service. Welcome liqueur and biscuits on arrival, breakfast brought on a tray the next morning. Nothing too much trouble from friendly hosts. WiFi didn't connect but it didn't matter and it might've been our device. Enjoyed dinner at the local hotel and a cosy retreat with sunset views. Very comfortable and quiet. Pool for summer and spa for winter. Highly recommend!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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AlbyandRachel, Owner at Grafton Cottage and Chalets, responded to this review, 16 June 2013
We are pleased that you enjoyed your 24 hour birthday getaway! Sometimes that is all you need though to feel like you have had a break and celebrated your special day. It feels like that was a long time ago now - it really is crazy how time flies. People do enjoy breakfast delivered in the morning as then they can have it in their own time or even return to bed and have 'breakfast in bed' if they wish - something most of us can't do every day! We had just had the Wifi extended on the property when you stayed and at times it was a little temperamental - we have since had work done on the whole system and it now works perfectly in all of the 6 chalets, great for all our guests. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your Sunday with your son. Thanks a lot for your kind review and the pictures you added too.
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Property: Grafton Cottage and Chalets
Address: 304 Grafton Road, Thames 3500, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Thames
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Thames
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Grafton Cottage and Chalets 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lonely Planets pick for Thames. Nestled high in the hills above Thames, Grafton Cottage and Chalets is in a excluded, peaceful tree-lined setting far from any traffic noise. At the end of each day exploring the Coromandel, relax in the spa, or simply laze by the pool overlooking the sea. BBQ your dinner while watching the sun set over the sea or sample the local restaurants. We offer self contained chalet accommodation in individually designed studio, 1 and 2 bedroom cedar chalets. A delicious full continental breakfast (Grafton Cottage style), on site staff and daily housekeeping is included in the room rate. ... more   less 
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