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“Location, Service and Attention to detail” 5 of 5 stars
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Barrowmeade B&B
79 Avondale Rd | Taradale, Napier 4001, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #22 of 45 Napier B&B and Inns
Tauranga, New Zealand
1 review
“Location, Service and Attention to detail”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2011

I stayed 3 nights at Villa Vista in Nov 11 and found Tina to be an incredible hostess. The room was beautifully decorated, the food plentiful, special and delicious and the house to be interesting and the garden beautiful. The room had everything I needed, gave me privacy and beautiful views over the sea and was clean and well appointed - there was even different home baking in my room every day! Breakfast was served in a dining room downstairs and I was the only guest for 2 mornings with enough food for 4 and just the right balance between service and privacy/space. Tina even shared the secret of her amazing poached eggs!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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tattym, Owner at Barrowmeade B&B, responded to this review, January 24, 2012
Lovely having you stay with us.
We hope you can come again and bring your wee family .
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Savannah, Georgia
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2011

This was my first visit to New Zealand. The host immediately made me feel welcome and it was quite similar to feeling at home. Casual conversation enable me to really get to know NZ. They were most helpful with refining my trip through the rest of New Zealand. I rate them to be excellent.

Room Tip: All rooms seem to be excellent.
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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tattym, Manager at Barrowmeade B&B, responded to this review, December 6, 2011
It was a pleasure having you as guests in our home.
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2011

We've stayed in a number of bed and breakfasts in several countries, and can't remember any that we enjoyed as much as Villa Vista. The house is an attractive sprawling Edwardian villa that's been renovated and furnished tastefully but not so that you don't feel comfortable in it. The guest bedrooms are upstairs away from the residential part of the house. They're large and welcoming with all the facilities you need including a very comfortable bed and some extras like fast, free Wi-Fi. The breakfast room is gorgeous with an immaculately laid table, and in it Tina serves a huge and delicious breakfast that varies from day to day but which she's happy to modify to take into account personal preferences.

We loved the location of Villa Vista near the top of a bluff overlooking the centre of town and the sweep of the bay. We were lucky enough to have the Balcony Room, allowing us to sit outside in the mornings and evenings and revel in the view, but even without a balcony the view is stunning. Yes, the location does mean a steep uphill walk to get back to base, but it's through a pretty neighbourhood and we enjoyed the exercise every time.

Tina was friendly, anxious to help, and provided some great advice on a range of subjects including gannets and guided Art Deco walks. At the same time, she respected our privacy and didn't expect us to entertain her.

Hawke's Bay is a very interesting part of the world, and we had a great time there. If we ever come back we'd love to stay at Villa Vista again.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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tattym, Manager at Barrowmeade B&B, responded to this review, December 6, 2011
Many thanks for your kind words.
It was a pleasure having you stay with us.
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Skipton
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2011

With wonderful views from our balcony of Hawkes Bay and the art deco town of Napier this luxury B and B was a quiet haven. Spotless room with large comfortable bed, fresh flowers, complimentry homemade cakes and biscuits in an elegant period house with the owners giving discreet but friendly service. The breakfast in the beautifully furnished dining room was one of the best we have had and set us up for the day.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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tattym, Manager at Barrowmeade B&B, responded to this review, December 6, 2011
So glad you enjoyed your stay with us.
It is a pleasure have have guests such as yourselves.
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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
45 hotel reviews
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2011

Probably the best B&B we stayed during our two months in NZ. Large comfortable rooms with fantastic views, enormous breakfast, and a wonderful hostess... what more need be said!

Room Tip: Near the top of steep hill
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  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Battle, United Kingdom
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99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2011

We stayed two nights at Villa Vista. Tina was very friendly and welcoming. Our room was at the top of the house and looked out over the town and bay, a fabulous view. We also had a balcony and sitting with a glass of wine looking at the view after a day sightseeing was very relaxing. Tina supplied plenty of tea, coffee and milk and there was also a piece of cake left in our room every afternoonv to have with our afternoon tea when we got back from a day out. While we were there it was Valentine's day and Tina put some fresh flowers in our room and gave us a box of valentine cholocates which I thought was a lovely touch. Breakfast was excellent, a good choice of fruit juices, fruits, cereals and an excellent cooked breakfast. The only downside to this accommodation is the steep hill up from the town. We were happy to walk but there are always taxis available for a small sum if you've had enough walking.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2011

We have stayed at Villa Vista twice. The first time in 2009 and again this year. Talk about a wonderful place to stay. It has the feeling that all b&b's should have: that you're staying with family. The family that want to stay with! Tina is very welcoming and accommodating and the atmosphere is wonderfully relaxed, a real home away from home experience. The breakfast is second to none and it changes each day. We chose Napier to get engaged with the knowledge that it will be easy to get to to celebrate anniversaries and that we will always have a perfect place to stay.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Barrowmeade B&B

Address: 79 Avondale Rd | Taradale, Napier 4001, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Hawke's Bay Region > Napier
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 45 B&Bs / Inns in Napier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
1940s Bungalow with comfortable private en suite guest wing .Own access with outdoor patio.Easy parking. Offering super king/twin beds, television, tea/coffee making facilities & home baking. Selections of continental & cooked breakfast using local ingredients. Tina & Tim welcome you to relax & enjoy your stay whilst at Barrowmeade. Just a 10 minute drive from the Art Deco city centre.Close to Bike trails , wineries. ... more   less 
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