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Grafton Cottage and Chalets

4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   304 Grafton Road, Thames 0800, New Zealand
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Ranked #1 of 15 Thames B&B and Inns
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 5 days ago
CathieLS Chula Vista, CA
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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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Chula Vista, CA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I would actually rate this a 3.5. My husband, adult son, and I stayed in Kowhai Chalet in mid-March 2014. The chalet has 1 bedroom upstairs with queen bed (innerspring mattress). It has limited floor space and very limited shelf/counter space with only a small dresser. Downstairs is 1 twin bed (very soft mattress) which serves also as the "couch",... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely little B&B which we stayed in during our road trip around New Zealand. From the start the service we received was exceptional and friendly, the accommodation was great, as was the selection for breakfast. Would thoroughly recommend this B&B if you are staying in thames or the coromandel region.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a good feeling from the start - the hosts were incredibly helpful in squeezing in our group at the last minute. Definitely the place to stay if you want to do the Pinnacles. The location is perfect and the hot tub big enough to fit 6 tired walkers. Rachel and Alby really go the extra mile - loved... More

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Para Hills
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After driving up to the top of the hill, we could feel we were staying somewhere special. We were taken aback by the stunning views and loved the gorgeous gardens. We stayed in the Rose Chalet and found it roomy enough for the two of us. The extra touches of the yummy homemade cookies and the after dinner nightcap were... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Nice cottages, a beautiful view, friendly and helpful hosts and a great breakfast on the deck. Definitely recommend staying at the Grafton Cottages if you are in the area! Don't skip the cookies - they were delicious!

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AlbyandRachel, Owner at Grafton Cottage and Chalets, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your sweet review and your recommendation for staying with us. We do love that we get to share our great view with others as it is fantastic, especially as the sun is setting. The cookies - LOL - we had to do three batches today - not sure what went wrong with the first two but... More

Warsaw, Poland
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3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We received a kind welcom from Alby including Baileys-like drink and cookies. I would rather get it everyday! I have never met in New Zeland so nice host-owners of a hotel like Rachel and Alby. The view from my room was just gorgeous. It takes aproxymetelly 45 minutes to one hour to drive from grafton Cottage to Hot Water Beach... More

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AlbyandRachel, Owner at Grafton Cottage and Chalets, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking your time to share your stay with us here at Grafton. We are pleased that you enjoyed your nightcap from the local winery, often nice to enjoy after a busy day out sightseeing or driving. Sipping on this while enjoying the view does make a nice pic! We are a good base for exploring The... More

Cheshire, UK
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130 reviews 130 reviews
49 hotel reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

We received a very friendly welcome from Rachel & Alby including cookies & a locally made liqueur - delicious! Camellia Cottage is absolutely beautiful. Roomy, very comfortable & tastefully furnished. The large balcony with its superb view was just amazing. We drank wine & watched the sun setting. There is a small shared pool & a fab hot tub where... More

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Lucerne, Switzerland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

What can I say about this place other than you are paying for the view and its worth it. We made a picnic on the deck and watched the sun set. It couldn't have been more tranquil. The cottage that we had was the perfect size for us, the bedroom upstairs was quiet and the bed was ok. Not the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

The setting of the cottages is amazing with great views over the Firth of Thames. Alby and Rachel were great host, and couldn't do enough to welcome us. The cottage we stayed in was very roomy, and comfortable, with all the amenities we needed, and its own fenced garden area, great for guests with children. They are slowly refurbishing, but... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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71 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

We only stayed at Grafton Cottages for one night, but I wish that we had stayed longer. The view is spectacular: watching the sun set over the Firth of Thames as I barbecued on the deck is one of my best memories of the holiday. Cabins are clean and well maintained and the communal areas (pool, hut tub, decks and... More

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Address: 304 Grafton Road, Thames 0800, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > The Coromandel > Thames
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Thames
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Grafton Cottage and Chalets 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lonely Planets pick for Thames. Nestled high in the hills above Thames, Grafton Cottage and Chalets is in a excluded, peaceful tree-lined setting far from any traffic noise. At the end of each day exploring the Coromandel, relax in the spa, or simply laze by the pool overlooking the sea. BBQ your dinner while watching the sun set over the sea or sample the local restaurants. We offer self contained chalet accommodation in individually designed studio, 1 and 2 bedroom cedar chalets. A delicious full continental breakfast (Grafton Cottage style), on site staff and daily housekeeping is included in the room rate. ... more   less 
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