We stayed four nights in the Oyster Bay room of this lovely B&B. This
room is upstairs in the main, historic old building and has a nice view of the large lawn and gardens and a bit of a view of nearby Oyster Bay. This room is excellent. Beautifully done, great king bed,
nice sitting area, large bathroom. If you are so inclined, there is a large collection of CDs and DVDs to use in the room. Hosts Chris and Michael are very nice. Michael in particular is totally into and can supply a large selection of top NZ wines. Breakfasts on the pleasant verandah are excellent and include a glass of bubbly. They will put on a gourmet dinner on request although we didn't try them on this. Laundry is done at $30 per load and there is an iron in the room.
It is a five minute drive into the delightful small town of Russell which has a selection of very good restaurants, most of which are on the waterfront. Tired of restaurants after a long trip, one night we bought pizzza in town and brought it back to the Homestead and ate it on the verandah, accompanied with a nice wine that Michael chose.
Highly recommended. Definitely not for the budget-challenged.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Known as the historic-listed First American Consulate in New Zealand, dating to the 1860's, this fully-restored, two-storey coastal Homestead is a peaceful, exclusive country residence with fine wine, renowned cuisine. Sequestered in fifteen acres of lawns, native bush and certified organic gardens, it looks across the sub-tropical Bay of Islands. Guests are accommodated in three distinctive, wood-paneled rooms all with separate entrance, ensuite bathroom, DVD, flat screen TV, wireless internet. Historic Russell is just 5 minutes drive around the bay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Orongo Bay Homestead Russell, New Zealand - Bay Of Islands