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Villa Russell
Ranked #6 of 19 Russell B&B and Inns
Reviewed 5 March 2010

We stayed 3 nights at the end of our 3 week tour through south and north islands. One of the nicer B&Bs of our whole trip largely because of the view from the verandah from the Kingfisher Suite. Also quite convenient for the restaurants of Russell town. Our focus was marlin fishing so Sue kindly laid out early breakfast for us. Will definitely be back to catch that elusive marlin and also to sail through the lovely Bay of Islands. NB Best season for both striped marlin fishing and sailing is said to be February which is conveniently after the school holidays so the place is less crowded.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 February 2010

Stayed in the Hibiscus room. Very clean, modern and spacious. Sue and Stephen most helpful. Fantastic views over the harbour from our room. Breakfasts are plentiful and healthy, all guests sitting around the 1 large table. Can be quite chaotic at times. Sheba the dog is very placid and friendly. Near to the town centre, 5 minutes walk away. Lots of historic buildings. Some lovely restaurants. Short ferry ride to Paihia for all adventure sports and many trips and tourist shops. Went round Bay of Islands on Mack Attack boat. Quite an adrenalin rush!! But you must do the Bay of Islands somehow. Fantastic place to stay. Would certainly go again! PS We were there at the finishing line to witness the finish of the Auckland to Russell boat race in October 2009!!

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 September 2009

Villa Russell is a luxury B&B with views of Russell from the deck. We stayed in the 'Hibiscus' room which was spotlessly clean and very comfortable with a gorgeous bathroom and free wifi.

Sue and Stephen are wonderful hosts and went out of their way to make our stay memorable. From putting our electric blanket on when we went out to dinner (a cool September night), laying out sunbeds on our deck when the afternoon became sunny enough to sit out and making stewed tamarillos for breakfast after I'd said how lovely a fresh one was (when I'd tried one for the first time ever), Sue was just marvellous. Their cooked breakfast was second to none too!

Stephen is a well known photographer and Villa Russell is surrounded by trees that entice the birds. We had tuis with their enticing birdcall and beautiful parrot-like colourful rosettas right outside our room - perfect for photography. Stephen also offered to take my photography-mad husband out to show us great photographic opportunities around Russell. They made our stay truly perfect.

I loved this place and thank Sue and Stephen for two fabulous nights with them!

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 April 2009

Just completed 3 weeks in the North Island and we stayed 5 nights at Villa Russell.
Situated a short stroll from the town it is conveniently placed with gorgeous water views.
Our room was well appointed and furnished and very comfortable.
A feature was our hosts Sue and Stephen who are friendly,knowledgable and couldn't do too much for us - breakfasts with them were like being with friends.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 March 2009

Steve and Sue were very hospitable. They tended to our every need and more. The rooms were very clean and spacious with a spetacular view.
Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 March 2009

Right in the heart of quaint Russell, in the Bay of Islands You will find this home away from home, Sue and Steven will make your day almost better than the weather does. With 3 suites to choose from two of which have personal verandas you will find yourself falling asleep to the sound of the bay water and the wind whistling through the curtains of your french doors. Take a wonder through town after dusk and look up, the stars above will amaze you.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank sweetgthing21
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Reviewed 22 March 2009

Our stay at Villa Russell was fabulous. Stephen and Sue Western go out of their way to make you feel right at home. Their knowledge of New Zealand made our siteseeing effortless. The rooms are very comfortable and spotless. The views form the balcony are exceptional and to top it off they have sailboat excursions available. They make you feel like you are visiting with family. We would highly recommend staying at their villa .
Bill and Jane

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Villa Russell

Address: 2 Little Queen Street, Russell 0202, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Russell
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Ranked #6 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Russell
Price Range: £117 - £162 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Russell 4*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy a welcoming visit to Villa Russell, two minutes from the beach and Russell's restaurants yet totally private and secluded. Relax with magnificent views of the bay from our beautifully restored 1910 villa or from one of two spacious guest rooms in the new guest cottage. Off street parking provided. Charters on our 11.6 metre yacht Kingfisher may also be arranged to sail the Bay of Islands. Be welcomed by our friendly family dog. ... more   less 
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