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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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London, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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32 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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182 reviews 182 reviews
72 hotel reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 

England
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a very relaxing and carefully considered place to stay. John appears to have thought of everything to put guests at their ease and to make them comfortable. I would rate this as the best place I have stayed. If you are looking for a peaceful place to say, set in a large garden amid orchards of apples and... More 

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

To rate us as the best place you have stayed is a wonderful accolade. Thank you. I will have to work hard to maintain the standards for everyone now though :-) More 

Auckland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

St Andrews is an immaculately kept and delightful place to relax in a beautifully planned and planted estate with lots of interesting private areas to just chill or wander. The host is friendly and helpful and serves a magnificent, healthy breakfast. Very good value for this standard of accommodation - we will be back.

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Sacramento, California, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We stayed at St. Andrew's Escape for two nights for a wedding and visit to a winery and we could not have been happier. There are lovely well-tended gardens, a terrific large spa tub, and a large indoor common area with full kitchen facilities where breakfast is served each morning. And what a breakfast! Freshly baked croissants one morning and... More 

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

Thank you for a lovely review. I try to give a breakfast that is a little bit special and it is great to hear you enjoyed it so much. We have so much fruit in Hawke's Bay that I love to offer fresh cut fruit salad with breakfast. I will pass on the compliments about the clean room to my... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I stayed at St Andrews Escape for 2 nights while I was working in Hawkes Bay last week. Everything was perfect, the gardens, my room, the location and the facilities. John was a fantastic host and provided the best breakfasts ever! I will definitely be back for a weekend away with the hubby!

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