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“Fantastic New Zealand Accomodation”
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Kamahi Cottage
Ranked #1 of 4 Otorohanga B&B and Inns
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Woodgate Beach Australia
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“Fantastic New Zealand Accomodation”
Reviewed 29 May 2006

Finding quality accommodation in rural areas of New Zealand can be difficult. What a discovery then is Kamahi cottage nestled in the beautiful King Country just north of Waitomo. We have been fortunate to have stayed at Kamahi cottage twice in the past 12 months and enjoyed not only the luxury accommodation on offer, but experienced some of the most hospitable and generous hosts (the Cowan family) that you could ever meet. This part of rural New Zealand has some spectacular scenery as well some fantastic local attractions such as the spellbound glowworm caves, blackwater rafting, Altura wildlife park (which our 7 yr old daughter loved) horsetreks, open gardens, the Kiwi House in Otorohanga ( much better than the one at Rotorua); there is also some great art, craft and galleries within a short drive.

Kamahi cottage is part of a working farm located adjacent to the owner’s house, but with complete privacy and self contained facilities. The cottage sits on a hill with breathtaking rural views from the front deck and also from the loft style bedroom. Liz’s magnificent breakfasts can be eaten in the cottage or served in the family dining room in the main house. Dinners are available by arrangement and I’d recommend guests take this option for sure; not only for Liz's great cooking but to sit around their dining table and enjoy the company of Liz and Evan as well as to share their local knowledge of tours and places worth visiting. Every time we returned to the cottage from a day out, there would a little surprise of delicious home baked goodies waiting. If you have forgotten to bring a bottle of wine; no problem, the cottage has its own cellar selection with some of NZs best wine labels to choose from. Nothing seems to be too much trouble at Kamahi and any request is attended to without fuss. The only problem with Kamahi cottage – finding somewhere as good to stay when you leave!

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Reviewed 5 May 2006

Our family of four (two parents and two kids, aged 6 and 2) arrived at Kamahi Cottage after dark, after skipping lunch, and after more than seven hours of driving New Zealand's unfamiliar roads and roundabouts. My husband was suffering the aftermath of food poisoning that had hit the previous night, and we were all completely exhausted and beyond cranky. Within moments of the warm welcome we received from our host, Liz, we began coming back to life. She met us in the gravel driveway and helped us into the beautiful little home that is Kamahi Cottage, where freshly baked cookie bars awaited us on the table, along with cold lemon syrup in the fridge for making lemonade. Then, she brought us a gourmet dinner. More on that later. First, the cottage:

It is a lovely self-contained, newer building, with oiled wooden floors, cozy furniture, books and magazines, attractive decor, a kitchenette stocked with every amenity for coffee and/or tea, and a beautiful upstairs bedroom complete with a sheepskin rug on the floor and a fur throw on the bed. The couch downstairs folds out into a bed, which is where the kids slept. The garden surrounding the cottage is well kept and thoughtful, with sheep grazing in the pasture outside the fence. It's so dark that on a clear night, the view of the Milky Way is unbelievable. And, there's a great range of New Zealand wines in the cottage, which you may choose from at your leisure and at cost, if you wish. Glasses of port from the crystal decanter, however, are free!

Now, on to dinner. It costs extra and you must reserve it in advance, but it is worth every penny. Kamahi Cottage is out of town -- well out of town. Depending on what time you plan to arrive, you'll probably just want to relax and enjoy a cozy dinner in, and you can do so either in the cottage or in the main home of Liz and Evan. We ate in the cottage, as we felt we wouldn't be ideal dinner guests after the day's ordeal. Liz is a gourmet cook, and she arrived bearing hot, homemade tomato soup and freshly baked bread. Fantastic. Then, the main course: Moroccan chicken with couscous and vegetables. It was just what we needed, and absolutely delicious. Then -- dessert! Liz had baked us individual chocolate cakes with fresh raspberry sauce, a dusting of powdered sugar, and just-whipped cream. Everything was delightful. My husband was terribly sorry he was still feeling ill and couldn't eat more.

Before she left for the night, Liz asked if we had any special requests for breakfast in their home the next morning. She began to list her specialties -- the kids' ears perked right up when they heard "pancakes," and so that was settled. Shortly before we were ready to visit the main home for breakfast, we heard a beautiful, mournful sound of bagpipes playing outside. It was Evan, practicing his instrument. We truly felt as though we were as far as we could be from home in Southern California, and we felt as though we were right at home at Kamahi Cottage.

That feeling continued as we ate the delicious breakfast of pancakes (plus toast, fruit, yogurt, cereal, tea, juice, etc.) in Liz and Evan's home. The children ate quickly, then began to behave as children do ... and before we knew it, Liz had taken them outside to play while we finished our breakfast and chat with Evan. They picked flowers and crab apples in the beautiful, extensive home garden and played with the friendly, spunky house cat. They didn't want to leave. Neither did we. You won't be disappointed with Kamahi Cottage -- it was one of our nicest experiences of true New Zealand hospitality.

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Reviewed 3 May 2006

We had the pleasure of staying at the Kamahi Cottage during our visit to New Zealand (April 2006). Our stay was simply fantastic. The cottage has the feel of an authentic farm stay, while having all the modern creature comforts one could hope for.

Upon arriving, we had fresh baked shortbread and browies and beverages waiting for us. We had dinner that evening in the main farm house, just steps from the cottage, with the host family. We had a 3-course, gourmet meal that was superb and complimented by the company of our hosts. The following morning, we were treated to some of the most delicious waffles we've ever eaten along with fresh fruits, homebaked breads, and yogurt.

As part of our stay, we toured the farm. Our 2 year-old son loved "chasing" the sheep and cows, while we found great pleasure in the beauty of the land. The farm has some of the most beautiful views we encountered on our trip. Also, a lovely, organic garden surrounds the main house. The landscaping in the drive and around the cottage stays true to that of the garden. Simply beautiful!

We'd highly recommend a stay at Kamahi Cottage. The hospitality of the hosts is top notch. Combined with the beauty of the farm, the amenities of the cottage and the amazingly delicious meals, you just can't go wrong with this farm stay.

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Reviewed 24 April 2006

Words cannot accurately describe the beauty and peace offered by Kamahi Cottage - this place is truly a bit of heaven on earth. The cottage was beautiful and it was perfectly located for a peaceful getaway. Our hosts made us feel so welcome, and the food and freindship offered by the Cowan's was unforgettable. We tell all our friends and family that this place cannot be missed. Our only regret was that we could not stay longer - and we're already planning our return trip!

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Reviewed 24 April 2006

My husband and I have been lucky to travel all over the world. Kamahi Cottage is like no other place we've been -- for comfort, relaxation, peace and quiet -- a true getaway in a spectacular setting. Hosted by Liz and Evan Cowan, the cottage sits on sprawling farmland just two hours south of Auckland -- in the hills of Otorohanga on New Zealand's North island. The cottage itself is equipped with every possible convenience and luxury -- missing nothing but electronics that we happily left behind. Look in the fridge for fresh fruit, sample one of New Zealand's best wines, try a freshly baked cookie right there on your counter -- and then curl up on the couch with a good book, if you like.

Liz's French Toast or waffles, delivered to the cottage door, are reason enough to hop out of bed in the morning -- but in case not -- the chance to walk acres and acres of farmland, uninterrupted by any thing or any one, save for a few hundred cows and sheep, and a turkey or two, is as good as it gets for a city dweller who just needs to slow down and take a deep breath.

My husband and I are grateful for dinner with Liz and Evan and their kids (and cat), and the time we spent touring the farm with Evan. These people are wonderful hosts, who after just three days, are now our friends.

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Reviewed 21 April 2006

If you're planning on staying near the waitomo caves then this is a must. A self contained cottage with all imaginable comforts, the most comfortable bed we encountered in NZ and a breakfast we rated as "best of the tour". I enjoyed sitting in the hammock chairs on the verandah looking out at the spectauclar views sipping a glass of new zealands finest (of which there's a selection for sale in the cottage). Ably hosted by Liz whose cooking you really should experience, this is an easy to find place far enough in the countryside to feel like you're "getting away from it" but near enough to civilisation to make it an ideal base for the caves or surrounding area.

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Property: Kamahi Cottage
Address: 229 Barber Road, Rewarewa RD 5, Otorohanga 3975, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Otorohanga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Otorohanga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Kamahi Cottage 5*
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kamahi Cottage is a 5-Star country cottage, self-contained B&B and farm stay. It's just 30 minutes from the Waitomo glowworm caves, Black Water Rafting and "Lost World" adventures. The cottage is peaceful, private and romantic - set in a beautiful country garden with panoramic hilltop views. There is an upstairs queen bedroom, spacious downstairs bathroom, fully equipped kitchenette, plus stylish lounge and dining area. A comfortable queen sofa-sleeper is also available downstairs. (Max. 4 guests, children are very welcome). Rates include full gourmet breakfasts. Privately catered 2 & 3-course dinners are available by prior arrangement. ... more   less 

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