We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 42 Napier B&Bs / inns

Cobden Garden Homestay

4.5 of 5 Guest house   |   1 Cobden Crescent | Bluff Hill, Napier, New Zealand
Hotel website
Hotel amenities
Save Saved
You added Cobden Garden Homestay to your Saves list
Cobden Garden Homestay
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Ranked #7 of 42 Napier B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
A recent review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014
Kalimemsahib77 Harrogate, United Kingdom
  • Overview
  • Reviews (112)
  • Photos (23)
  • Similar Hotels
  • Amenities
  • Q&A
  • Room tips (13)
  • Location
  • More
Write a Review

112 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
See reviews for
Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (13)
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Harrogate, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

I stayed in the Garden Room with my late husband in 2005 and again at Easter 2009, this time with my son. Rayma and Phillip were very kind and asked me if I'd like to stay in the Garden room again. The room was comfortable, had all that one needed and I slept well. I can't praise Rayma and Phillip... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
rajNapier, Owner at Cobden Garden Homestay, responded to this review

After all these years you remember us and yes we do remember your visits also. Your second was tinged with sadness but hopefully we provided an opportunity for you to look back on happy memories with your late husband. As I remember it your son was at a crossroad in his life. It is our wish that you are both... More

17 reviews 17 reviews
12 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here to scout out possible places for Wills & Kate to stay. They didn't but it's first on our list anyway. Rayma and Phillip were excellent hosts, who we rapidly took to our hearts. Especially liked Phillip's extensive CD collection of Kiwi films! Great room with first class en-suite facilities. Excellent breakfast served to order with some fruit juice... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
rajNapier, Owner at Cobden Garden Homestay, responded to this review

John, we too are a little disappointed we did not get to meet Kate, Wills and George personally, but thank you for the recommendation. If they had made it to Napier they may have experienced much better weather than in Wellington - we are known as sunny Hawke's Bay - and we do have some baby toys that would have... More

Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

I have to say I detected an odour of cat in this home stay. I stayed at the house with my husband whilst my brother stayed at a place on lighthouse. He paid half the price, for at least equal service. Felt pressured to write in visitors book and to be photographed. Average.

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
rajNapier, Owner at Cobden Garden Homestay, responded to this review

Your review really saddens us. Primarily that you felt so badly about your visit and did not take the opportunity to discuss this with us face to face. We try very hard to make our guests welcome and comfortable. This is reflected in the majority of the comments about our bed and breakfast. It seems your comment about the cat... More

Solihull, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
239 reviews 239 reviews
25 hotel reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

Everything about this place was great. Had a wonderful welcome and asked to join the hosts/ other guests for pre dinner drinks and nibbles. This was so lovely as we sat round chatting for over an hour, finding out about our hosts and the other travellers. The room was lovely as was the en suite. Our only mistake was only... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
rajNapier, Owner at Cobden Garden Homestay, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and for describing some of the things we are always willing to help guests arrange. Our experience in our area makes something that can be quite time consuming for our guests, relatively easy for us to arrange. We do try to keep ourselves abreast of what is available in our area so we are able... More

Rochford, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We really enjoyed our stay here, cannot emphasise how hospitable the host are. They were only to pleased to organise trips, taxis and restaurant bookings. The food was great, plenty of choice. Nothing was too much trouble ..........thank you Rayma and Phillip, you made our stay most enjoyable.

Was this review helpful? Yes
rajNapier, Owner at Cobden Garden Homestay, responded to this review

We are pleased we were able to help make your stay in our wonderful Hawke's Bay Region enjoyable. That you have taken time to write and share your thoughts with other Trip Advisor readers is appreciated and we are pleased that the knowledge of Napier that we have accumulated through our years of operating here made your stay more rewarding.... More

Sydney, Australia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Cobden garden is in a fantastic location in a century old house on bluff hill. Rayma and phillip are fantastic hosts who made us very welcome. Accommodation, food and service excellent. Loved the evening canapés and drinks. Rayma produces awesome snacky things! Our thanks to phillip for introducing us to cabernet franc, a superb red. One final great touch, phillp... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
rajNapier, Owner at Cobden Garden Homestay, responded to this review

We are so glad we were able to introduce you to Cabernet Franc. This is a special wine from our region. Hawke's Bay is known for excellent red wine - although we do not have any difficulty finding great white ones also - and it is always great that Australian wine buffs do enjoy our red wines. Thank you for... More

Buckinghamshire, UK
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

The highlight stay of our trip to New Zealand. Phillip and Rayma are the ideal hosts and share this beautiful historic house on the bluff in Napier. Our room was spacious with a superb bathroom as well and views out to the harbour. Days started with a lovely breakfast and ended with wine and canapés with the hosts and other... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
rajNapier, Owner at Cobden Garden Homestay, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your generous and kind review. Phillip and I do make every effort to be welcoming and try to provide a great experience for our guests and are delighted we were a highlight of your holiday. The evening wine time is a great opportunity for everyone to share their experiences and ideas with other guests. You... More

Kennebunks, Maine
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Delightful Rayma and Phillip were certainly very welcoming and helpful with area activity suggestions and restaurants. Our bedroom was very spacious,spotless with a large bathroom!! Evening wine and canapes were certainly an added unexpected bonus. Breakfast delicious!!

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
rajNapier, Owner at Cobden Garden Homestay, responded to this review

Thank you for your very kind words and for taking the time to review us. Your grades are of interest to us and indicate that there are some things we can improve upon still. Of course some things cannot be changed but if you do have any suggestions we would love you to email us. Again thank you for your... More

Glasgow, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
17 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

What a pleasure to stay in this hilltop house in the wonderful Art Deco themed city of Napier. Great hosts who bring all guests (who want to) together at 1830 each evening for canapés and wines. Very helpful with recommendations for restaurants and activities. Lovely rooms with plenty of space for luggage and comfortable en-suite bathrooms, well stocked with wash... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
rajNapier, Owner at Cobden Garden Homestay, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. We are grateful that you took the time to write about the features of your stay and that you found it such a pleasure to stay with us. Those who do sample the convent eggs at breakfast have all enjoyed them and like your wife often had them a second time. However there... More

North York Moors National Park, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Beautiful house, great big room with everything you need, delicious breakfast, but best of all the delightful hosts. We would definitely stay again - might even return just to stay again, although it is a bit of a way from the UK!

Was this review helpful? Yes
rajNapier, Owner at Cobden Garden Homestay, responded to this review

Well what a recommendation - travel all those miles to visit us again! We do hope you do! We really enjoy seeing people again. It feels like having friends visit and we do reward your loyalty with a discount. It is great your enjoyed your spacious room and the house. We have worked hard to create a relaxing, gracious place... More

Owners: What's your side of the story?
If you own or manage Cobden Garden Homestay, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.
Manage your listing

Been to Cobden Garden Homestay? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Cobden Garden Homestay

Address: 1 Cobden Crescent | Bluff Hill, Napier, New Zealand
Phone Number:
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Hawke's Bay Region > Napier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Cobden Garden Homestay 4.5*
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with T4B so you can book your Cobden Garden Homestay reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

23 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

All traveler photos (9)
View from room (2)
Room/suite (3)
Dining (1)
Other (3)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

All management photos (15)
View from room (6)
Dining (2)
Room/suite (4)
Other (3)
Hotels you might also like...
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay
Select tags to find the hotel that's right for you.
hotels in Napier with
any amenities


Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Class
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Rayma and Phillip invite you to their colonial, Bluff Hill villa, approximately 12 minutes walk from the city. Enjoy a spacious, en-suite bedroom, generously appointed and furnished with king/twin beds, television and DVD. Relax in a guest lounge, on the veranda or in the extensive garden or check your emails using our free wifi or the guest computer. Enjoy complimentary pre-dinner local wine and hors-d'oeuvres and a generous breakfast. Unobtrusive cats in residence. ... more   less 
Number of rooms

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Cobden Garden Homestay staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travelers prefer