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Karin's Garden Villa B&B
Ranked #5 of 8 Devonport B&B and Inns
Reviewed April 27, 2013

Lovely home in the centre of devon port, 2 mins to shops, ferry, cafes and walks. Lovely Breakfast of fresh breads and ceral. Comfortable and lovely homely accomdation. Wonderful bathroom clean and tidy. Would recommend.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

I've stayed at Karin's place twice in 5 months now - once was just not enough. And I'll be back soon. It's so sweet! Karin is a wonderful lady - so kind and interesting to talk to and full of good tips and ideas. The house is small, just one bedroom inside and the sleep-out - so you get to know the other guests well, and so everyone has plenty of space and time to chat to Karin and relax in the garden. The house is decorated with a fantastic mixture of chic modern and exotic - love the Indonesian puppet dolls! The bathroom is divine. And the location - just perfect - 3 minutes from the ferry and so near to the heart of Devonport, but still so quiet and peaceful that you could imagine you're in a little village miles away from it all.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

I had a great stay at Karin's new B&B. She said she has only been running her new B&B since May of last year (2012). It only caters to one or two guests and there is also a small garden sleep-out which looked very cosy (for next time). The house is a modern villa and the location couldn't be better, you are right footsteps away from the village of Devonport. The room is tastefully decorated, the bed very comfortable and the bathroom is spotless. Beautiful sub-tropical gardens surround the house and there are great areas for relaxing.
An excellent choice for exploring Devonport from.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 25, 2011

We lived 3 months in Karin’s cottage and had a wonderful time. We really did love the quiet atmosphere and the huge garden, which was perfect for having a cool after-work beer, playing badminton (with at least one cat as a spectator) or having BBQ. Devonport is a perfect location – it takes you half an hour Auckland City although you live in a lovely Victorian village. And it is a good starting point for travelling around. From Karin’s spot one is able to go to the beach within 5 minutes with flipflops and towel – just perfect for mega-city spoiled people. The cottage itself is a one-room apartment with a kitchen, the bathroom is downstairs. You may not expect a 5-star-hotel, but it is entirely sufficient for two persons. Karin was a very likable host to us all the time, if we did need something, she was helping immediately.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled on business
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1  Thank aboerner
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Reviewed May 18, 2011

My stay at Karin's beautiful garden villa was lovely. Karin is very welcoming and her home is comfortable and clean. I am amazed that Karin has been sharing her home with people for many many years and still clearly enjoys doing this! I felt very comfortable to come and go, visit with my son and family, enjoy walks in Devenport and cafes and shops there. Thank you Karin for providing me with a safe haven. I look forward to coming to stay later int he year. All the best, Tony.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 15, 2011

We have stayed in several B&Bs during our three months here in NZ and Karin's Garden Villa is at the bottom. The prior negative reviews are spot on. As for the positive reviews, perhaps they are relatives or friends of the owner. Our backs will need to recover from the restless nights on the saggy mattress. We woke up each night around 1:00 am when the owner or other residents were loud and even watching TV at that time. The sheets are threadbare and the bathroom is dingy. Half-used samples of lotion and other toiletries are provided for guests. Fortunately, we brought our own. Breakfast is served at Karin's convenience (8:30) and consists of coffee/tea/lemonade, cold cereal and/or toast. There are plenty of better B&Bs in the area - skip this one.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 15, 2011

Karin's garden villa website offers so much but the reality is someting different. While the house is a pleasant villa in a quite part of Devonport the room we stayed in was dated, poorly serviced with tired decoration (the border wallpaper was hanging off the wall} The en-suite bathroom was basic with a constantly running toilet cistern. Towels were old, hard and smelt of damp. The chairs in the room were plastic garden chairs.

Breakfasts were continental, as we were informed on our first morning, but don't get excited about croissants and danish pastries - all you get is stale cereal. a few pieces of fruit, bread. yogurt and a few jams. For someone who doesn't eat sweet things there was no alternative so I ended up buying my own cheese!
One morning as we were geting ready we heard shouting from the owner at what we assumed was a member of her staff. However as we went for breakfast we learnt that the owner had been shouting at a guest because she had been using Skype (even though free wifi is part of the price) Another morning during breakfast the owner shouted at one of her young staff making it very uncomfortable for everyone at the breakfast table.
As a plus the two young staff employed at the villa were very helpful: we could do our laundry free of charge and the owner let us have a shower before we caught our plane.

As A guest house owner myself I was looking forward to sampling the hospitality of a guest house in New Zealand - I have to say I was very disappointed - not somewhere I would reccomend.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Karin's Garden Villa B&B

Address: 27 Clarence Street | North Shore City, Devonport, Auckland 0624, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland > North Shore > Devonport
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service
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Ranked #5 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Devonport
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Karins Garden Villa - a cosy comfortable B&B/Homestay right in the heart of Devonport. Our homely villa flows to a peaceful garden with a huge tropical palm tree, under which you can enjoy your breakfast and the unique sound of the tui birds. While relaxing at Karins you can contact your friends at home on free wireless internet. Your laundry will also be done complimentary.At the end of your day you might enjoy a drink in our beautifully illuminated native surrounding. ... more   less 
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