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Havelock House
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

Havelock House was fantastic! Diana has been running a B&B for 20 years, and it shows in the exceptional service and quality of the facilities. It absolutely exceeded our expectations, from the great advice of the hostess to little touches like the fresh flowers and recently baked cupcakes awaiting our arrival. We felt absolutely pampered. My only regret is that we didn't have more time here.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Melanie F
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dianamaryarnold, Owner at Havelock House, responded to this reviewResponded October 14, 2012

We enjoyed meeting you - and agree it was too short a stay! Thank you for your kind comments -- I love helping guests make the most of their time here - Havelock North village, infact the whole of the Hawke's Bay really are 'hidden gems' - I would love more people to discover this part of NZ..
I am sure you both enjoyed the golf up at Cape Kidnappers - such a wondeful place. As I mentioned Jeff and I were on an overland trip to see the gannets at Cape Kidnappers last week too.
Enjoy the rest of your stay in New Zealand and hope to see you back in the Hawke's Bay on another trip.
Best Wishes
Diana

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Reviewed October 6, 2012

We are a NZ couple and stayed for 3 nights in September. Diana kindly upgraded us to the Havelock Suite which was much appreciated. The accommodation was very spacious and comfortable with the garden surrounds and birdsong very peaceful. Another highlight of our stay was Dianas first class breakfasts. So good we even took photos and have them shown to our friends. As 'locals' with quite a knowledge of the area she enhanced our stay by advising of and introducing us to several great locations. The most memorable one being Cape Kidnappes Lodge. We unreservedly would recommend this lodge.

Room Tip: Would recommend upgrading to the Havelock Suite.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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dianamaryarnold, Owner at Havelock House, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2012

We were so pleased you enjoyed your stay here. Thank you for all your kind feedback - and the great photos - really appreciate it. Hope you will be able to come and stay again. October is a lovely time to visit Hawke's Bay.
We also went out to Cape Kidnappers this week - the gannets are now nesting - and the views along the coast are fantastic - a photographers dream!
Best Wishes
Diana

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Reviewed August 5, 2012

Diana does a very nice job, offering a large and comfortable room that is very close to the vineyards in the Gimblett Gravel appellation, where they seem to have the darkest and most intense reds. I would describe the suite as comfortable and spacious for two people, with a small settee and a fireplace that we very much enjoyed. There were a few small differences between the website and our experience, but that could be because we were there in the winter. Diana herself is very out-going and personable, and I very much liked her specialty breakfast of poached eggs and ham.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank DBS17
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dianamaryarnold, Owner at Havelock House, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2012

Thanks for posting a review; it was great to meet you both and so pleased you enjoyed the wineries here in Hawke's Bay. As you mention we are close to one of the best red wine regions in the world - The Gimlet Gravels
Thanks for the positive feedback about the 'poached eggs' - they are a favourite.
Enjoy the rest of your stay in NZ
Kind Regards
Diana & Jeff

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Reviewed May 28, 2012

Certainly one of the best we have stayed in globally- very clean, large rooms and great breakfast and hosts.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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dianamaryarnold, Manager at Havelock House, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2012

Thank you for your kind comments about your stay here.
We appreciate the feedback.

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Reviewed March 29, 2012

My husband and I have just returned from a month of travel in New Zealand. One of very nicest B & B's that we visited was Havelock House. Diana and Jeff roll out the red carpet for their guests. Sigh...The house is beautiful and gardens are amazing. We enjoyed the suite.
Wow! Our fireplace was ready for a fire and we really enjoyed that on our rainy day. The bath was amazing with huge soaking tub, plus shower.
Diana put on quite a fantastic breakfast with everything you could imagine. I understand why this place is rated number one. It is! Thanks for everything Diana!!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank Melanieann
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dianamaryarnold, Owner at Havelock House, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2012

It was great having you to stay here and thank you for the wonderful comments.
We always enjoy hearing from our guests and look forward to seeing you on your next trip to New Zealand

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Reviewed March 28, 2012

We recently had an 8 week trip to NZ staying at a mixture of motels,B&B's and hotels and our three nights at Havelock House were without doubt the best $ for $ value stay in the country. The house is situated in a quiet rural location, the room a facilities were perfect and the breakfasts were all you could want. Diana and Jeff were both welcoming and helpful and enabled us to make the most of our stay in the area.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank David B
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dianamaryarnold, Owner at Havelock House, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2013

Really pleased you enjoyed your stay here - thank you for all the positive feedback; we enjoyed meeting you and thank you for choosing Havelock House for your stay in the Hawke's Bay.
We love living here and sharing information about some fo our favourite restaurants , wineries and places of interest with you.
Best Wishes
Diana & Jeff

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Reviewed March 12, 2012

We stayed at the Havelock House B&B for 5 nights. It was very comfortable, clean, quiet, and convenient to the all the local sites, especially the nice town of Havelock North. Diana and Geoff are gracious hosts who work hard at maintaining the large house and grounds. We rented the Havelock Suite which was very spacious with a large clean bathroom and sitting area. The guest rooms are located in a quiet separate wing of the house. An excellent breakfast is prepared and served by Diana daily in a bright, cheerful breakfast room. Breakfast includes eggs, bacon, toast, fresh seasonal fruits (some from their own trees), and a variety of cereals. Diana’s excellent poached eggs and homemade marmalade are especially noteworthy. We really enjoyed meeting and chatting with the other guests over breakfast.
A small refrigerator, dishes, and microwave are available in the common area for guests’ use and work nicely for small “take away” meals. There is also excellent, unlimited, free wireless internet available, which was not the case everywhere we stayed.
While there is no laundry facility for guests to use, Diana kindly offered to wash up a few of our things with their daily laundry and peg them out to dry. However, because we had several loads of laundry due to our extended trip and because rain made outside drying problematic, we made other arrangements.
Overall, we highly recommend staying at the Havelock House for a comfortable visit to this beautiful area. Diana and Geoff were most helpful in providing recommendations for local interesting and off-the-beaten path places to visit, current local events, and the best places to dine. All suggestions were much appreciated and made for a wonderful visit.

Room Tip: The Havelock Suite is the largest of the 3 rooms and worth the additional cost if available.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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dianamaryarnold, Owner at Havelock House, responded to this reviewResponded March 14, 2012

Thank you for the feedback about your stay here at Havelock House - and the breakfasts.I'll email the marmalade recipe to you and add it to our Havelock House facebook page as soon as I have a moment!
So pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope the rest of your trip in New Zealand goes well.
Kind Regards
Diana & Jeff

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Additional Information about Havelock House

Address: 77 Endsleigh Road | ( entrance on Endsleigh Drive), Havelock North 4130, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Hawke's Bay Region > Havelock North
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Havelock North
Price Range: $132 - $201 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Havelock House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Havelock House B&B Havelock North,close Birdwoods,Black Barn,Te Mata Peak,Pipi,Craggy Range wineries & Cape Kidnappers golf - discount available for staying guests please enquire, cycle + bike hire, Hawke's Bay NZ luxury bed and breakfast spacious en-suite bedrooms , FREE WiFi, large guest lounge, swimming pool, tennis court,plenty of free parking by the house, quiet location 20 mins. Art Deco Napier, great breakfasts, warm friendly service. ... more   less 
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