We stayed in the cottage for 5 nights over Christmas. The cottage is fully self-contained and has a private setting towards the rear of the property. It's on a busy road, but we didn't notice it.
The cottage has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus another bed in a sun room off the main sitting room area. The kitchen is well equipped and there are lots of books and DVDs in the sitting room. The master bedroom and bathroom were newly decorated and of a high standard. The secondary bathroom was a little dated, but perfectly functional.
The cottage is a bit of a 70s / 80s time capsule, apart from the new TV, but that added to its charm. There is a barbeque and private outdoor sitting area.
My only minor gripe is that there was no WIFI in the cottage and I needed to walk over to the main house to get a signal. I needed to keep in touch with work and because of the time difference, needed to get up at 5:45am to do this. It would have been nicer to do it in the cottage! Some of the other places we stayed at had repeaters installed for annexes, and it would be good if a repeater were put in here. Not a big deal, but a suggestion to make the stay better, esp for international guests.
We didn't have breakfast as we just wanted something light. Marilyn cooked a lovely Christmas meal and the food was of a high standard.
Russell is a great location for a longer trip. We did expect to use it as a base to tour around, but there were so many things to do locally (Waitangi, Paihia, Long Beach) that we stayed fairly nearby. Long Beach is a short drive away and it is one of the best beaches we came across in NZ. Russell itself is a fairly short walk away and there are lots of restaurants and takeaways if you don't fee like cooking.
We were relieved not to be staying in Paihia as that's really touristy.
Marilyn and Lee were really friendly and we enjoyed our stay.
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