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Grafton Cottage and Chalets
Ranked #2 of 13 Thames B&B and Inns
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Para Hills
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Gorgeous place to stay”
Reviewed 24 March 2014

After driving up to the top of the hill, we could feel we were staying somewhere special. We were taken aback by the stunning views and loved the gorgeous gardens. We stayed in the Rose Chalet and found it roomy enough for the two of us. The extra touches of the yummy homemade cookies and the after dinner nightcap were really appreciated. The bed was very comfortable and we both had an excellent nights sleep. To wake up in the morning and hear nothing else but the birds singing was delightful. A lovely continental breakfast was brought out to us by Rachel, which we chose to eat outside on the deck to take in the gorgeous views out to the sea, overlooking the gardens. Alby and Rachel are the perfect hosts, and we would certainly choose to stay here again.

Room Tip: A fantastic spot to watch the sunset
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

Nice cottages, a beautiful view, friendly and helpful hosts and a great breakfast on the deck. Definitely recommend staying at the Grafton Cottages if you are in the area! Don't skip the cookies - they were delicious!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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AlbyandRachel, Owner at Grafton Cottage and Chalets, responded to this review, 11 March 2014
Thanks so much for your sweet review and your recommendation for staying with us. We do love that we get to share our great view with others as it is fantastic, especially as the sun is setting.
The cookies - LOL - we had to do three batches today - not sure what went wrong with the first two but lovely to read your review and know that they are being enjoyed!
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Warsaw, Poland
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

We received a kind welcom from Alby including Baileys-like drink and cookies. I would rather get it everyday! I have never met in New Zeland so nice host-owners of a hotel like Rachel and Alby. The view from my room was just gorgeous. It takes aproxymetelly 45 minutes to one hour to drive from grafton Cottage to Hot Water Beach or Cathedral Cove. The hotel is a perfect location for visiting the Coromandel Penisula.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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AlbyandRachel, Owner at Grafton Cottage and Chalets, responded to this review, 11 March 2014
Thanks so much for taking your time to share your stay with us here at Grafton. We are pleased that you enjoyed your nightcap from the local winery, often nice to enjoy after a busy day out sightseeing or driving. Sipping on this while enjoying the view does make a nice pic!
We are a good base for exploring The Coromandel and many one night stay guests wish that they had of stayed the two or three nights with us and done day trips around the peninsula.
You touch our hearts as you talk about us personally. Very kind of you - thank you.
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Cheshire, UK
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Reviewed 28 February 2014 via mobile

We received a very friendly welcome from Rachel & Alby including cookies & a locally made liqueur - delicious!

Camellia Cottage is absolutely beautiful. Roomy, very comfortable & tastefully furnished. The large balcony with its superb view was just amazing. We drank wine & watched the sun setting.

There is a small shared pool & a fab hot tub where again you can enjoy the view.

We enjoyed our delicious continental breakfast - delivered to our room too.

The only downside was having to leave!

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Lucerne, Switzerland
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

What can I say about this place other than you are paying for the view and its worth it. We made a picnic on the deck and watched the sun set. It couldn't have been more tranquil.
The cottage that we had was the perfect size for us, the bedroom upstairs was quiet and the bed was ok. Not the best, not the worst either.
Alby brought breakfast around in the morning, which is a big bonus in NZ as almost no one includes breakfast with the room.
The bathroom had been newly renovated and I believe in time they will make their mark on the place.
I give the place five stars for the deck, the friendliness, and the incredible views

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2014

We only stayed at Grafton Cottages for one night, but I wish that we had stayed longer. The view is spectacular: watching the sun set over the Firth of Thames as I barbecued on the deck is one of my best memories of the holiday. Cabins are clean and well maintained and the communal areas (pool, hut tub, decks and BBQ) are excellent. The owners are very friendly, very enthusiastic and very welcoming. I wish them all the best for the future.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 January 2014 via mobile

We had a pleasant stay but it was very expensive for what we got compared to other locations. The rooms were very dated and definitely need a makeover to justify the price we were charged. The hosts were lovely though and were very helpful. The wifi was slow and unreliable.

  • Stayed January 2014
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AlbyandRachel, Owner at Grafton Cottage and Chalets, responded to this review, 18 January 2014
Thanks so much for your time to write your review about your time here at Grafton with us and we are pleased that you had a pleasant stay. It is a shame that you never came and mentioned the wi-fi as we would have been more then happy to reboot the system for you or help you out with your devices. All the chalets were set up with the complimentary wi-fi in April 2013 and since then we have only had the occasional problem of connecting.

The chalets are all different in size and facilities which is great as we are able to offer quite a range in prices to suit all budgets. Having been here just over a year we initially did some research on our prices and in comparison to other accommodation providers here in Thames our rate is fairly competitive. Many charge a similar price or more for a studio without the extras such as breakfast, fresh milk, liqueur and baking or unlimited wi-fi. Comparing other New Zealand destinations maybe different; something we will try and have a look at.

As we probably discussed with you, in the year that we have been here we have done quite a lot to the grounds and different chalets and slowly but surely we are getting them to how we want them. Bathrooms have been completed in a couple of chalets and just this week one chalet is getting new carpet and another new curtains. We are definitely getting jobs ticked of our wish list. Even so we still provide quality bed linen and furnishings that co-ordinate with the existing mix of modern and vintage furniture to create the ‘cottage/chalet’ feel.

We do hope that you still enjoyed your view and surrounds and had some time for a swim or relaxed in the hot tub while staying with us here at Grafton Cottage and Chalets.
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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 13 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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