Cheviot is a delightful little country village with highway 1 running though it - New Zealand's main artery. To Europeans and Americans, this suggests a busy six-lane motorway or freeway with 24-hour traffic, but fear not, state highway 1 is a single-carriageway road with little more traffic than a B-road in Britain. Anyway, the Cheviot Motel is set well away from the highway on the edge of the village. It's a lovely little place, with six units, all spick and span and clean, facing a central lawned area. We sat on the front deck watching Bruce the retired collie trying to herd the cat and the peacocks. The new owners - they were farmers before - seem to have taken easily to their new environment and are friendly, helpful and charming.
A "holiday park" (ie campsite) is part of the business, but this does not detract in any way from the motels as it covers only a small area in the field alongside.
Our unit (number 6) had a separate bedroom and a light airy living room with a full kitchen, a front door with a deck and a back door outside which the car was parked. All was spotless and comfortable, with a black leather sofa, a modern armchair, a dining table and chairs.
If you like country peace and quiet, this is the place. It was our second visit, and we'll be back again, next time for longer.