This B&B is wonderfully comfortable, very well equipped and is full of nice little touches. It is very stylish in its decor too. The three rooms open onto a small terrace and then an extensive garden. The room has plenty of space and seats. There is a good quality coffee machine as well as a range of teas and chilled water is ready in the fridge. The extra little touches are dressing gowns, hot pipes on all the time to dry the towels and the undies, a drying rack, and fresh flowers in the bathroom. Highly recommended.
Mussel Bed B&B is a perfect example of how a B&B should be. Great Hosts, tranquil location, excellent accommodation with lots of thought on detail for what you need (that we all take for granted but not Shane and Andrea). Add the local knowledge and guidance needed to enjoy/explore the area and then a bumper breakfast to please everyone why would you need anything more. Go!
We visited the Mussel Bed Boutique B&B in late March of 2019 and were delighted with our stay and with our host and hostess! The beds were comfy and the refrigerator in our stand-alone cottage was well-stocked. It was a beautiful location and they were quite helpful in recommendations for eating and attractions. I would definitely stay there again! We stayed in the 2-bedroom cottage with one bedroom downstairs and one up. The single bathroom/shower is downstairs with no outlets. Hair drying was done outside of the bathroom. There were plenty of outlets for charging devices and batteries.
Trying to differentiate between the places we stayed at ended up no 11 of 15 BBs/Lodges/Hotels based on our personal scoring between accommodation standard, hosting, breakfast and location. Hosts were excellent, rooms and bathrooms feel a little exposed.
We had a three night break here in January, and very good it was too. Shane and Andrea are excellent hosts, making sure we were comfortable and fully briefed about all the area has to offer - and it's a lot! The restaurants in Cooks Beach are close to hand, and the ferry to Whitianga is within reasonable distance, maybe slightly too far to walk (as we found out on as hot day!) but parking is easy enough. We wish Shane and Andrea All the Best in their venture, and they were right in recommending the Thermal Wonderland for our journey down to Lake Taupo - thanks! Jonathan and Janet 26-28 Jan.