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“Stunning, idyllic, peaceful, gorgeous … Sanctuary in the Cove”

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Sanctuary in the Cove
Worcestershire, UK
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“Stunning, idyllic, peaceful, gorgeous … Sanctuary in the Cove”
Reviewed 7 November 2011

We spent four days at this idyllic retreat – it is a stunning location and is just like the photos. It was very relaxing, a perfect escape during our rugby world cup holiday.

Bruce was lovely – welcoming and helpful but at the same time allowing complete privacy – incidentally we hardly saw anyone. The citrus fruit and sparkling wine was a lovely surprise. The cottage was very clean, spacious and well equipped. The beachfront and the beautiful gardens were magnificent.

Although excellently situated for exploring the area, it was very difficult to leave the cove. One late afternoon at low tide, sitting on the rocks, gazing across the bay, a pod of dolphins swam by – absolutely wonderful!

We left Cove Cottage reluctantly – the clear blue sky, the dazzling sunshine – we could easily have stayed … hopefully one day we will be lucky enough to return.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Manukau, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 November 2011

Gorgeous spot, a true sanctuary as the name suggests. Spotless accomodation tucked away in a unique part of Northland. Our time was to short but definately on the return to list when some R & R is needed without the children.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 24 October 2011

Ideal base for DINKies like myself. Fantastic location, just a short amble from a secluded cove with few visitors. So idyllic that it's tempting just to sit and muse all day, soaking in the surroundings. Friendly owner who is happy to give guests as much privacy as they want. VERY VERY peaceful, which is a double edged sword to some extent - 9 hour plus sleeps most nights and slow starts! Good amenities, didn't want for anything. Great for birdwatchers (song thrush actually nesting on the decking trellis - hope they hatch OK!!! - someone let me know!!) and kayakers/fishermen. Plenty of fruit trees (freshly squeezed orange juice every morning) and beautiful water garden. Good base for exploring the far north. Free wifi a bonus for when the weather doesn't play ball. Can't fault.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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New Zealand
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Reviewed 23 October 2011

Imagine your own private beach where all you see is the changing tide and the sun
rising and setting.... this is it!
Our first stay in February with our New Yorker guests confirmed for us that this
is a good as it gets in terms of privacy and beauty. We have been back twice since and have just booked a week in January...bring it on!
We love the stunning sunsets, the great indoor/outdoor flow and the fact that
we can walk a few metres to the beach and go kayaking whenever the fancy takes us!
Bruce is a gem, we always feel welcome...Sanctuary in the Cove is better than the photos!!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 29 May 2011

what a delightful place, so beautiful and peaceful looking out over a private bay. I just loved sitting ,sipping my tea and reading whilst looking out over my own little private beach/ bay view. No other people in sight , heaven. Very comfortable and practical little cottage with everything you could need to have a perfect self contained holiday.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Reviewed 25 April 2011

My husband and I have traveled extensively and rely on vacation rentals primarily for our accomodations. We have experienced some of the best and a few of the less than best and Bruce's Sanctuary stands at the very top of our experiences! Both cottages are great (though our preference is The Cove) and the standard of comfort, aesthetics, provisions and Bruce's hospitality is as good as it gets - a real treat and worth the little extra money than we normally spend! He has created a true paradise!

Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Kerikeri, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 April 2011

The full kitchen was kitted out just as perfectly as my house at home!! I was spellbound by the location. So tranquil with amazing sunsets/rises, glass like calm seas a stones throw from the veranda. It was just perfect. We stayed in the Cove Cottage and my only negative was the 50m walk through a bush track with our luggage from the car to the cottage.
A great place to stay and the host has thought of AND catered for everything. So quiet, peaceful and homely!! Would throughly recommend and we will be going back again!!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Sanctuary in the Cove
Address: 283 State Hwy 10, Coopers Beach, Mangonui 0420, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Mangonui > Coopers Beach
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Coopers Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Sanctuary in the Cove 4.5*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Self-contained accommodation in a choice of two waterfront modern cottages. Your secluded hideaway is set within a large property of natural bush and sub-tropical landscaped gardens. Relax in peace and privacy with a stunning outlook onto a hidden cove. ... more   less 
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