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Ounuwhao Harding House
4.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   16 Hope Ave | Matauwhi Bay, Russell 0202, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #5 of 20 Russell B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Worcester, United Kingdom
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
“Fantastic B & B”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2011

We stayed here last January and although we have styed in some lovely bed & breakfasts, this was definitely our favourite on North Island.

Marilyn made us so welcome, lots of home cooking. Beautfiul rooms full of Marilyns amazing quilting. It is situated within walking distance of the centre of Russell where there are lots of good places for an evening meal.

The breakfasts were definitely the best of any we have had, everyday was different.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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sydney
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2011

We felt the cottage was damp and could have been warmer, with only one electric heater. The wood fireplace was not able to be started, but that could have been our own incompetence in such matters. However, overall the cottage was beautifully decorated and very very comfortable, and in spring or summer would be delightful.
Marilyn's breakfast was superb, and nothing was a trouble to her. One of our party was allergic to all dairy products, and it caused Marilyn no problem in the slightest preparing a great breakfast for us. Overall, recommended especially in Spring or Summer.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nelson, New Zealand
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2011

This is a peaceful and beautiful location, and the B&B is a lovingly restored Villa, with wood floors and ceilings - totally traditional - and with an interesting history. Marilyn is a wonderful hostess, and her breakfasts are stunning - especially try the muesli - her secret recipe! And she is an expert quiltmaker - her designs are truly original and lovely.
I have stayed here now, at least four times over the past 10 years. I've travelled the world (US, South America, Africa, Europe, Middle East, Far East , Iceland, - Japan, India etc) and this is definitely my favourite B&B and the one I will always return to.

Room Tip: Honestly, all the rooms are great - I don't have a favourite.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2011

How do you find a self contained apartment, that is also a B&B? Go to Ounuwhao Harding House just 1 minute drive from Russell shops.
We booked the 'cottage' which turns out to be a small 2 BR house! Each morning we strolled through the beautiful yet simple gardens to the main house for a sensational full homemade breakfast. A gourmet cooked meal plus (all home made) muesli, fruit, flavoured breads/toast with a range of jams, baked buns and muffins, juice, tea, hot chocoloate. We never left the table hungry!
The cottage has it's own driveway and is a 10-15 minute 1km flat stroll into Russell. Perfect for after a restaurant meal...or just drive for 1 minute.
Everything was clean and neat. Kitchen, laundry, dual bathrooms, lounge, dining, etc. TV with DVD player and DVDs. Books, magazines, and games.
Wireless Internet at the main house worked perfectly. Sit in the magnificent guests lounge with 12 foot ceilings and great surrounds.
A wonderful, relaxing place. Marilyn is extremely helpful, supplying info, maps and tips.
Would we go there again? Yes!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edmonton, Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2011

So you think you’ve been to heaven, do you? Think again until you’ve sampled this gem of the South Pacific. The hospitality, the local knowledge, the history, the ambience, the sustenance: this place has it all. A must-see staging point for your tours of the North Island of New Zealand’s spectacular Far North.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Corona del Mar, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2011

What a lovely Bed and Breakfast! Our 2nd stay here, the first being in 2007. We were so happy to come back. A heritage home with an interesting history. Marilyn warmly greets you with afternoon tea and homemade treats - perfect to sit on the porch overlooking the bay and take in the water views. Rooms are furnished with antiques and hand-crafted quilts. Baths are stocked with the finest soaps, shampoos. Comfortable beds, and amazing "designer" breakfasts, tasty and beautifully presented. This memorable accommodation adds to the overall charm of your visit to Russell.

  • 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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Appleby-in-Westmorland, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2011

We had just spent 3 weeks travelling South Island and had decided to go to Russell to unwind. (we had visited before and knew it was a relaxing place).
Ounuwhao, and Marilyn, were just what the Doctor ordered. It was quiet, comfortable and very welcoming and the breakfasts were to die for. Nothing was too much trouble. A unique place to stay.
If you want to know anything about walks, sailing, restaurants etc. ask Marilyn.
Would we go back? Yes definitely.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Ounuwhao Harding House

Address: 16 Hope Ave | Matauwhi Bay, Russell 0202, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Russell
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Russell
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Ounuwhao Harding House 4.5*
Number of rooms: 4
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