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St Andrews Escape

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172 St Andrews Road, Havelock North 4130, New Zealand (Formerly Ngatahi Lodge)
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked to stay near to Te Mata without realising we were on the doorstep of the fantastic Art Deco weekend in Napier. What a three night stay we had at the St Andrews Escape! John,the host, thinks of everything to make your stay memorable! The bedrooms are small but stylish with excellent showers. The gardens are wonderful, with numerous... More 

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Dexter2002, Owner at St Andrews Escape, responded to this review

Thank you for the lovely comments. I'm so pleased you enjoyed some time in the garden as well as the time you spent exploring the area. Also that you so enjoyed the shared breakfast experience - it makes a holiday more personal I think. More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am not sure I fully appreciated the warmth of the hospitality I received during my stay in February and the extra comforts provided until I booked into another 5 star today for which I am paying double the price. Our every comfort was taken care of . The little extras mean so much , the chocolates , tea varieties... More 

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Dexter2002, Owner at St Andrews Escape, responded to this review

We love hosting guests and hope to give a warm welcome. It is great to hear we succeeded in giving you such a pleasant stay. More 

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm so pleased we chose this place over a hotel/lodge closer to town. It was truly a delightful place to stay and made the long drive from Auckland well worth it. With only a small number of rooms available, each were tasteful decorated and comfortably set out. The shared kitchen/living/outdoor areas were really well set-up as your home away from... More 

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Dexter2002, Owner at St Andrews Escape, responded to this review

It is very rewarding to hear you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for posting some pictures of the garden for others to enjoy! More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although nestled in the countryside, the urban centers with wonderful restaurants are just a stone's throw away. The best of both worlds. Add to that, John's hospitality, superb breakfasts and very comfortable and stylish accommodation and you have a winning combination. Highly recommended

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London, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were fortunate to find any accommodation in the area due to the annual celebration at Napier which was about 30 minutes drive away. Fortunately there had be a late cancelation and we were offered the Te Whare cottage. Our host, John, was very attentive to our needs and made contact with us a number of times before our arrival... More 

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Bedford
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72 reviews 72 reviews
32 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed here for 2 nights to visit vineyards in Hawke's Bay and Te Mata Peak, but would have been happy to spend all of our time in St Andrews Escape. It is set in a beautiful, quiet location surrounded by lovely gardens and orchards. We were made to feel very welcome by John the owner and given a tour... More 

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Mendota Heights, Minnesota
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Can not say enough about John's hospitality and attention to detail. The room was very clean, modern and very comfortable. Being among the well maintained, expertly planned and beautiful gardens/pond/creek surrounding the property was truly an escape! John's warm homemade breakfast treats and great muesli, yogurt, juice, etc. were great. Really appreciated his suggestions on things to see and places... More 

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BC
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78 reviews 78 reviews
39 hotel reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

John and his partner have created a very special escape with an incredible eye for detail and quality in every aspect of St. Andrews. The rooms are not especially large but they are beautifully and comfortably decorated...the shower door in the Pacific Room has to be seen!....the guest lounge has wonderful seating areas and a vista over the big pond,... More 

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Dexter2002, Owner at St Andrews Escape, responded to this review

Thank you. We love to hear that guests have enjoyed the serenity of St Andrews Escape and that our efforts are all worthwhile! More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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181 reviews 181 reviews
72 hotel reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This property is by far one of our all time favourites. I will start with the grounds. Lots of places to walk, sit, explore, and just enjoy the beautiful and well thought out garden. Full of texture, colour and areas to relax, read and have a drink. The long table in the outdoor dining area in front of an open... More 

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Dexter2002, Owner at St Andrews Escape, responded to this review

What a lovely review. Thank you. Perhaps I should ask you to do our promotional video!! Delighted you enjoyed your stay in Te Whare so much. More 

lincolnshire
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We stayed in the separate bungalow, with its quirky decor. All facilities including laundry, and access to the beautiful extensive gardens, hot tub, outdoor bath, and lovely seating area overlooking the river. Set amongst orchards, there is a large communal area with kitchen and seating, plus undercover outdoor seating with BBQ and delightful chandelier! A real delight, would have been... More 

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Dexter2002, Owner at St Andrews Escape, responded to this review

Some guests in Te Whare like to stay around that area only and forgo the pleasures of the larger garden. I am glad you enjoyed the gardens and the communal areas so much as there is plenty to explore there also. More 

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